Dear Mr. Brody

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 96 MINUTES

DEAR MR. BRODY

New York, Documentary, Art, Biography, Journalism

In January 1970, Michael Brody, Jr., a 21-year-old hippie-millionaire and heir to a margarine fortune, sent the world into a fit when he publicly announced that he would be giving $25 million away to anyone who needed it. This extraordinary gesture sparked a frenzy, with mobs of people camping out on his lawn, phoning him, and writing letters requesting his help. 50 years later, 12 boxes of these letters are discovered in a storage unit—all unopened. What happened with these letters written by strangers whose hopes, dreams, and desperation were laid bare on the page? Whatever became of Brody, the eccentric would-be philanthropist who claimed he wanted to cure the problems of the world through peace and love? His 15 minutes of fame was dotted with drugs, mental illness, and outrageous claims, leaving many wondering, “is he for real?” And within the boxes of unopened letters written to him half a century ago are thousands of deeply personal stories from people whose voices are just now being heard for the first time.—Andrea Passafiume


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland follows up the Emmy®-winning Tower with a psychedelic look at money, desire, and love, in his fourth nonfiction feature, Dear Mr. Brody. A director, producer, and screenwriter, Maitland lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Brody producer and cinematographer Sarah Wilson, and their four-year-old son and production assistant Theo.

Director
Keith Maitland
Producer
Megan Gilbride, Melissa Robyn Glassman, Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson
Screenwriter
Keith Maitland
Cinematographer
Sarah Wilson, Keith Maitland
Composer
Osei Essed
Editor
Austin Reedy
Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman, Shep Gordon, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman, Lisa Leingang, Regina K. Scully

CONTACTS

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John Sloss
Cinetic Media
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Press Contact
Adam Kersh
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 771 7021
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Press Contact
Melissa Robyn Glassman
Pressman Film
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 917 805 1677
mg@twelve21productions.com
Print Source
Keith Maitland
Go-Valley
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 646 325 8398
maitland@go-valley.com
US Sales Contact
John Sloss
Cinetic Media
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 212 204 7979
sales@cineticmedia.com