© 2019 Missing in Brooks County

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   The Film   

 

As the national debate over immigration policy simmers to a boil, its practical consequences are felt every day in Brooks County, Texas. Located 70 miles north of the border with Mexico, it is the site of an estimated 3000 migrant deaths since 2008, as they try to circumvent the state's busiest interior immigration checkpoint and find themselves lost in the vast private ranch lands that surround it.  

Missing in Brooks County follows the journey of two families who have come to Brooks County to look for their loved ones who went missing. As they search for answers, they encounter a haunted land where death is a part of everyday life. A gripping documentary mystery, it is also a deeply humane portrait of the law enforcement agents, human rights workers, and activists who come face to face with the life and death consequences of a broken system.  

 

   In The News   

   Subjects   

 

MOISES ZAVALA

has come to Brooks County to search for his missing cousin Juan who made the dangerous crossing from Mexico and was last seen at a local ranch. Moises won't leave Brooks County until he finds his young cousin.

OMAR ROMAN & MICHELLE CHINOS
have returned to Brooks County to find out what happened to Omar's brother, who went missing after fleeing from Border Patrol.

ALEX JARA

is a Border Patrol agent who goes out

on regular searches to find migrants

lost in the brush. He wonders aloud

about how to manage the emotional

toll his job takes on him. 

EDDIE CANALES

is a retired union organizer who came out of retirement to open the modest South Texas Human Rights Center to deal with the missing migrant crisis. Canales is the only humanitarian help available in Brooks County, and his phone never stops ringing with families desperate to find their missing loved ones. 

KATE SPRADLEY

is a biological anthropologist at Texas State University. With her team of graduate students and colleague Krista Latham, Kate is trying to process the scores of bodies which were recently found buried in mass graves in Brooks County. 

MICHAEL VICKERS

is a respected veterinarian and avid hunter who tracks and detains migrant trespassers on his land. He and his wife founded a paramilitary group that patrols ranches in South Texas. 

 

   Filmmakers   

JEFF BEMISS

(CO-DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)

is an award-winning, Oscar-shortlisted writer/director who has worked in shorts, features and documentaries. His work has aired on network television and PBS. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. Jeff is a Connecticut Artist Fellow and a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow. He freelances for disability and social activist clients and has taught film at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

LISA MOLOMOT

(CO-DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)

 has directed and edited documentaries about the American Southwest in recent years including Precious KnowledgeThe Cleaners, and Soledad. She has also focused on stories about education. Her hugely popular film School's Out has been an integral part of the movement for providing outdoor education for young children, and her recent short film Teaching in Arizona is an inside look at the teaching crisis in that state.

JACOB BRICCA, ACE

(EDITOR, PRODUCER)

is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked on over a dozen features, including Lost in La Mancha (IFC Films) and the 2016 Sundance award winner The Bad Kids, now streaming on Netflix. He last worked with Molomot on her feature The Hill, which was broadcast on PBS. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona's School of Theatre, Film & Television.

 

   Production Status / Donate  

We began filming in early 2015 and have been following the story in Brooks County ever since

We are currently in post-production, and the film will premiere in early 2020.

 

Missing in Brooks County is funded by Wellspring Advisors, Fork Films, the Arizona Commission on the Artsthe LEF Foundation, the University of Arizona Office of Research & Discovery, Human Rights POV,  UA Hanson Film Institute, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Mountainfilm, and the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. Fiscal sponsorship by the International Documentary Association.

 

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