Most grade schoolers aren’t thinking about film school, but whether they wanted it or not, the kid cast of The Return of Brute Force got a crash course in movie making. The independent feature is the fifth from Cranston-based writer-director Brett Davey, who’s been shooting video of the local music scene for years. For Brute Force, he worked closely with his 9 and 12 year old sons Timothy and Van to develop the story of a group of kids battling the bullies of Brute Force.
But the Davey boys weren’t the only ones working the production side of things. The cast – made up mostly of friends – were all encouraged to be creative with their roles, as well as help out with lighting and sound off-camera over the course of the nine-month shoot. “Many of the funniest parts of the movie came from their ideas,” says Brett. Add a soundtrack from local musicians Damian Puerini, Joe Principe, Glenn Robinson and Dylan Sevey and The Return of Brute Force has the makings of a bona fide RI cult classic. Watch the trailer below:
The Return of Brute Force premieres on June 11, 4pm at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway.