'Blood Brother,' documentary with Pittsburgh connections, wins big at Sundance



An acclaimed film created by Pittsburghers has won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Blood Brother," the story of Rocky Braat, a onetime resident of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, and Pittsburgh who's drifting through India and lands at an orphanage for children with HIV and AIDS, was today awarded the festival's U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, along with Audience Award for U.S. Documentary.

Producer Danny Yourd and director Steve Hoover work with the Downtown Pittsburgh agency Animal, Inc. Mr. Braat, Mr. Hoover and Mr. Yourd all graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah, wraps up on Sunday.

For more details, see PG film critic Barb Vancheri's report in her blog "Mad About the Movies" and her Sept. 20, 2012, story "'Blood Brother' Tracks a Pittsburgher Who Finds his Calling in India."

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First Published January 27, 2013 4:45 AM


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