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SYNOPSIS

BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS

On November 9th, 1994, Jennifer Matthews, a senior at Bergan State University, was found dead in her burned down apartment. The police informed her family that it appeared to be an accident.

Two days later, the autopsy revealed that it was no accident. There was no presence of smoke in Jennifer's lungs - she died before the fire and someone tried to cover it up.

Jennifer's real-life brother Tom dedicated ten years of his life to putting the pieces of this unsolved South Carolina case together and compiled his original story.

In 2004, John Schwert adapted the story, directed and produced his first feature-length motion picture, Among Brothers, with fictional names, based on the actual events of this story.
THE CAST
Among Brothers Cast Photo Ethan

Ethan:

Matt Mercer
Among Brothers Cast Photo Miles

Miles:

Corey Cicci
Among Brothers Cast Photo Jennifer

Jennifer:

Lauren Schneider
Among Brothers Cast Photo Billy

Billy:

Daniels J Watts
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Swenson:

Lindsay Ayliffe

Morgon:

Ashley Bryan

Mrs Matthews:

Catherine Carter

Detective:

JD Demers

Mr. Matthews:

James K Flynn

Stacey:

Alyson Lowe

Tom:

Allan Todd
THE CREW
Among Brothers Crew Photo John Schwert

Directory, Producer, Adaptation:

John Schwert

Original Story:

Thomas A Morgan

Associate Producers:

John Fitch, Dana McGhee, Jan Schwert, and Kristin Vining

Music By:

Fred Story, Concentrix Music And Sound Design

Edited By:

Jordan Chesney and John Schwert

Casting:

Kristin Vining, TaylorMacy Casting

First Assistant Director:

Jason King

Second Assistant Director:

Sean Macomber

Directory of Photography and Production Designer:

Brad Hoover
PRESS

REVIEWS ::

'AMONG BROTHERS'

by Pete Vonder Haar
(Film Threat)

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A Stunning Feature Debut

by J. Anthony Lucas
(MovieHole)

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'AMONG BROTHERS:' A Chilling
fact-based debut

(Indie Slate)
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DREAM IN MOTION
Young filmmaker sees success after taking risks

by Melissa Hankins
(Charlotte Magazine)

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'AMONG BROTHERS:' Artists
grapple with S.C. tragedy

by Lawrence Toppman
(Charlotte Observer)

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SMALL BUDGET, BIG DEBUT
Former banker puts it all on line to make first film

by Ashley M. Gibson
(Charlotte Business Journal)

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BROTHERS IN ARMS
Indy film offers fictional solution to real-life murder

by Ann Wicker
(Creative Loafing)

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'AMONG BROTHERS'

(Elevate Magazine, June, 2005, PDF)
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RADIO INTERVIEW ::
Houston's KPFT

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
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Internet Movie Database Listing

(IMDB)
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TABLE TALK

(Charlotte Business Journal)
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EX-FREEDONIA MAN FINDS SUCCESS IN FILMMAKING

by Nicolas L. Dean
(Evening Observer NY)

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CHARLOTTE IS MAIN SITE FOR FILM SHOOT

by Lawrence Toppman
(Charlotte Observer)

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DATELINE NBC

Scenes From A Murder
PRODUCTION NOTES

The Production Process


John Schwert’s company, Fourth Ward Productions, Inc., put up the full amount it would take to produce the picture, and shot the entire motion picture in Charlotte, N.C.

In August, 2004, Schwert enlisted the help of 3 Associate Producers from Charlotte: John Fitch, Dana McGhee and Kristin Vining; and one from New York: Jan Schwert; and preproduction was immediately underway.

Working with the limited budget, Schwert was able to contact members of the Charlotte community for locations, equipment, and to start casting and crewing up for the shoot.

Principal Photography for Among Brothers took place from September 12th to October 8th, with one day of pickup shots on October 16th with Cornelius Fire Department. Post Production began in November, 2004 with Jordan Chesney and John Schwert cutting the picture. Concentrix Music And Sound Design provided the full post production audio for the picture, including an original score by Fred Story. Limerick Studios provided the titles, credits and dvd authoring. Post production was finished in April, 2005.
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