International Competition

Blood Brother

Steve Hoover
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
26.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
27.02. / Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
An intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn't know it, but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of unspeakable hardship, where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear.

Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India.


Steve Hoover

Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut with Blood Brother, which won Audience and Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2013. It was screened at 2014 ZagrebDox (International Competition). He co-directed an award-winning documentary short film, Seven Days in 2013. Crocodile Gennadiy is Hoover’s second feature.

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Blood Brother

2012, 92', DCP

Directed by:
Steve Hoover

Screenplay by:
Steve Hoover, Phinehas Hodges, Tyson VanSkiver

John Pope

Edited by:
Steve Hoover, Tyson VanSkiver

Danny Bracken, A.J. Hochhalter, Keith Kenniff, Joseph Minadeo, Wytold

Danny Yourd

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Grand Jury Prize; Audience Award; Hot Docs 2013 – Audience Award; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Audience Award International Section; Atlanta Film Festival 2013 - Audience Award for Best Feature; Milano Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary; Gdansk DocFilm Festival 2013 – Audience Award; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2013 – Best Feature