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23 September 1998 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Daphne Gugat ... Herself - Dated Brandon (as Daphne)
Reanna ... Herself - Dated Brandon
Gina Bartu ... Herself - Brandon's Ex-girlfriend (as Gina)
Shaun Fleming ... Himself - Friend (as Shaun)
JoAnn Fleming ... Herself - Friend (as JoAnn)
JoAnne Brandon ... Herself - Brandon's Mother (as JoAnn Brandon)
Tammy Brandon ... Herself - Brandon's Sister
John Lotter ... Himself
Steve Goldsberry ... Himself - Cheif Deputy Sheriff
Lana Tisdel ... Herself - Dated Brandon
Michelle Lotter ... Herself - Brandon's Friend
Linda Gutierres ... Herself - Lana's Mother
Tom Nissen ... Himself (as Thomas Nissen)
Jon Larson ... Himself - Deputy Sheriff
Angie Lee ... Herself
Charles B. Laux ... Himself (archive sound) (as Sheriff Laux)
Brandon Teena ... Himself (archive sound) (as Brandon)
Mike Fabian ... Himself - Attorney (archive sound)
Leon Thompson ... Himself - Inmate
Melissa 'Missy' Wisdom ... Herself - Tom's Girlfriend
Doug Merz ... Himself - District Attorney (archive footage)
John Lambert ... Himself - Lisa Lambert's Father
Tom Olberding ... Himself - Deputy Sheriff (archive sound)
Jim Elworth ... Himself - Attorney (archive sound)
Carrie Gross ... Herself - Brandon's Roommate
Anna Mae Lambert ... Herself - Lisa's Mother
Ron Shepherd ... Himself - US Marshall
Michael J. Hall ... Himself - Inmate
Randy Chapp ... Himself - US Marshall
Kate Bornstein ... Herself - Author
Mary Ann Greene ... Herself - Social Worker
Donna Lotter ... Herself - John's Mother
Clarence Robinson ... Himself - John's Foster Parent

Directed by
Susan Muska 
Gréta Olafsdóttir  (as Greta Olafsdottir)
 
Produced by
Jane Dekrone .... executive producer
Susan Muska .... producer
Gréta Olafsdóttir .... producer (as Greta Olafsdottir)
 
Original Music by
Geoff Marx (original score by)
Thomas Muer (original score by)
 
Cinematography by
Susan Muska (shot by)
Gréta Olafsdóttir (shot by) (as Greta Olafsdottir)
 
Film Editing by
Susan Muska 
Gréta Olafsdóttir  (as Greta Olafsdottir)
 
Sound Department
Phil Benson .... post-production sound
Lora Hirschberg .... post-production sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Hill .... additional camera
John Matya .... additional camera
Gréta Olafsdóttir .... still photographer (as Greta Olafsdottir)
Helen Tschudi .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Paul Hill .... creative editor
Paul Hill .... off-line editor: avid
Paul Hill .... on-line editor
Kathryn DiGiacinto Morris .... on-line editor
Wendey Stanzler .... consulting editor
 
Music Department
Ralph Gilkerson .... performer: karaoke
Michelle Lotter .... performer: karaoke
Lana Tisdel .... performer: karaoke
 
Other crew
Sandy Bulman .... project supporter
Jane Dekrone .... project supporter
Maureen Donahue .... transcription
Lora Hirschberg .... project supporter
Lora Hirschberg .... reading
Vonn Jones .... news footage courtesy of
Lina Jonsdottir .... project supporter
Glen Mabie .... news footage courtesy of
Rosemary Rotondi .... associate: grantwriting
Sally Sasso .... dramatization
Joy Weiss .... project supporter
 
Thanks
Katie Adair .... special thanks
Maurie Adair .... special thanks
Pat Adair .... special thanks
Mina Albergo .... special thanks
Alisha Beenblossom .... special thanks
Rich Bohn .... thanks: Admin, Nebraska State Penitentiary
Kate Bornstein .... special thanks
JoAnne Brandon .... special thanks (as JoAnn Brandon)
Tammy Brandon .... special thanks
Chris Burbach .... special thanks
Melodie Calvert .... special thanks
Harold Clarke .... thanks: Commissioner, State of Nebraska Department of Corrections
Susan Cox .... special thanks
Jane Dekrone .... special thanks
Philip DeVine .... in memory of
Joan Didion .... special thanks
Maureen Donahue .... special thanks
John Dunne .... special thanks
Valiera Feldman .... special thanks
Paul Fine .... special thanks (as Dr. Paul Fine)
Robert Finn .... thanks: Richardson County Courthouse (as Judge Robert Finn)
Kathy Garman .... thanks: Richardson County Courthouse
Steve Goldsberry .... thanks: Chief Deputy, Richardson County Sheriff's Department
Carrie Gross .... special thanks
Linda Gutierres .... special thanks
Mike Hansen .... special thanks
Bob Hawk .... special thanks
Keith Hayes .... thanks: Sheriff, Richardson County Sheriff's Department
Paul Hill .... special thanks
Lora Hirschberg .... special thanks
Frank Hopkins .... thanks: Warden, Nebraska State Penitentiary
Bill Horrigan .... special thanks
Bob Houston .... thanks: Warden, Lincoln Correctional Center
Barb Jackson .... special thanks
Lina Jonsdottir .... special thanks
Steven King .... thanks: Special Projects, State of Nebraska Department of Corrections
Debbie Kupf .... thanks: Richardson County Courthouse
Lisa Lambert .... in memory of
Jon Larson .... thanks: Deputy, Richardson County Sheriff's Department
Marilyn Lillie .... thanks
Merle Lillie .... thanks
Donna Minkowitz .... special thanks
Lorrie Morgan .... thanks
Kathryn Morris .... special thanks
Susan Nadler .... thanks
Andrew Ozecki .... special thanks
Mona Rhynolds .... thanks: Superintendent, Hastings Correctional Center
Keith Richie .... special thanks
Scott Schock .... special thanks
Pam Scott .... thanks: Richardson County Courthouse
Bob Sines .... thanks
Nancy Sines .... thanks
Joel Staley .... thanks: Unit Manager, Lincoln Correctional Center
Brandon Teena .... in memory of (as Brandon)
Lana Tisdel .... special thanks
Maria Troy .... special thanks
Ela Troyano .... special thanks
Jeff Uttecht .... thanks: Unit Manager, Lincoln Correctional Center
Heiddis Valdimarsdottir .... special thanks
Barb Werner .... thanks: Richardson County Courthouse
 
Crew believed to be complete


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Reversing Her Name And Gender, 13 November 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although we do get to hear the voice of Brandon Teena because of her taped interview with the police, The Brandon Teena Story is essentially the plot of Boys Don't Cry without the central protagonist. Hilary Swank filled the void that Brandon's absence created with her Academy Award winning performance. What we have here is a documentary of the events leading up to his murder and what happened to his killers.

When dealing with a transgender individual to properly tell the story we have to go back to the cradle to those very first questioning that something is not right with the body I'm in. So it was with Tina Brandon born in Nebraska and raised in a time where she would have had limited access to literature about being transgender. She also was raised in a redneck culture and her male role models were the redneck boys she grew up with. This was to her what it meant to be a man.

Before he was murdered at the end of 1993, Tina Brandon reversed her name and started living as Brandon Teena in a nearby town where no one knew him from a previous identity as a woman. As a man Brandon did pretty good with the woman by the accounts in the film and that aroused suspicion that eventually led to tragedy.

There were two crimes involving Brandon Teena. The first was a brutal rape when her physical privacy was violated on Christmas Eve and then her murder along with two other people to silence them as witnesses after Brandon Teena brought the complaint of rape on New Year's Eve.

Two things I guarantee you will disturb you for all time to come. The first was the total lack of remorse by Brandon's killers, John Lotter and Tom Nissen. They still truly believe that in their heart of hearts they were somehow defending the barriers of male sexuality from unwanted invasion. Secondly it's the total lack of compassion and understanding of transgender issues by the sheriff's department when you hear the sheriff questioning Brandon about the rape. Both these things sad to say aren't a new story for me. I worked 23 years for NYS Crime Victims Board and even today the approach some police take regarding gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender crime victims is appalling. It's far worse where I live now in Buffalo than in New York City where I'm originally from. That it's not a new a revelatory story for me is another frightening thing.

To get the facts as Joe Friday used to say on Dragnet, I suggest you watch the Brandon Teena Story documentary. To flesh out who was Brandon Teena than don't miss Hilary Swank's performance in Boys Don't Cry.

This review is dedicated to all the Transgender support groups out there in the world, especially to the Buffalo Belles and Spectrum in my area. They provide an incalculable service to those transgender folks at various stages of their journey. Due to the insurance regulations most will die in the bodies they feel wrongly trapped in. Hopefully that will change and the Brandon Teenas don't have to stay Tina Brandon if that's not who they were meant to be.

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