Set in 1980’s Brownsville Brooklyn, New York, Brownsville Bred is based on writer, director Elaine Del Valle’s critically-acclaimed off-Broadway one-woman show and awarded young-adult novel. Told in a series of vignettes, Brownsville Bred tells the coming-of-age journey of Elaine–a spunky young girl living with her Mom, Dad, and three half-siblings as one of the only Puerto Rican families in the welfare projects of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. Her best friends are her intellectually disabled aunt, Elizabeth, and her musically gifted, salsa-loving father, Manny. Through Elaine’s young eyes, life is perfect.
But everything comes crashing down when Elaine makes a grim discovery.
SXSW premieres part one of the Brownsville Bred series that explores one girl’s coming-of-age as she triumphantly escapes the pitfalls of her generational poverty and rises from the ashes of generational trauma.
This film stars Javier Muñoz (who played Hamilton on Broadway), Karina Ortiz (Orange Is The New Black), Susanna Guzman (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and introduces 8 year old Summer Rose Castillo (Alma’s Way) in her on-screen debut. Check us out on instagram @brownsvillebred and @elainedelvalledirector to witness the beautiful independent filmmaker hustle captured in our in-depth behind the scenes footage.
Vote for the Brownsville Bred poster in competition at SXSW, painted by artist Tim Okamura.
Summer Rose Castillo, Javier Muñoz, Karina Ortiz, Susanna Guzman, Gabriela Amerth, Kimora Cuadrado, Kevin Chacon, Neo Vela, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Jon Freda, Byron Clohessy, Cliff Moylan, Eddie Martinez, Elaine Del Valle, David Wenzel, Jake Mann, Lyla Castillo, Edwin Vazquez, Robert Vazquez, Benny Arocho, Antone Pagan
DirectorElaine Del Valle
WriterElaine Del Valle
Art DirectorMary Marxen
Film EditorEddie Frente
CastingDel Valle Casting
Behind The Scenes PhotographyZalo Castillo
ProducerElaine Del Valle
Executive ProducerLeslie Cohen
Co-Executive ProducerLarry Weiss
Co-Executive ProducerAl Eskanazy
Set Musical DirectorEdwin Vazquez
Costume DesignSarah Thea
Poster Design, ArtistTim Okamura
Del Valle Productions, Brownsville Bred LLC