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The Brandon Teena Story -- The true story upon which the critically acclaimed film Boys Don't Cry is based, The Brandon Teena Story reveals how sparks from sexual ambiguity and individuality can ignite incomprehensible violence.

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23 September 1998 (USA) See more »
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Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Daphne ... Herself - Dated Brandon
Reanna ... Herself - Dated Brandon
Gina ... Herself - Brandon's Ex-girlfriend
Shaun ... Himself - Friend
JoAnn ... Herself - Friend
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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Flawed But Interesting Documentary, 5 January 2014
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

*** (out of 4)

Good documentary taking a look at the female Teena Brandon who believed she was a man so she dressed that way, dated women who thought she was a man and eventually was brutally murdered with two other people. You're probably more familiar with the film BOYS DON'T CRY, which told this story but this documentary, while incredibly flawed, also offers a look at the real people involved in the crimes. I was pretty shocked to see how many of the real people attached to the story were willing to talk and this includes the two men who raped Teena and eventually murdered here. We also hear from everyone's relatives as well as several females who dated Teena, under the name of Brandon of course. As I said in my review for BOYS DON'T CRY, I don't agree with what Teena did. As a straight man I wouldn't want to be dating a female who was keeping it from me that she was an actual man. I understand the outrage that would be gleamed towards Teena but at the same time you can't condone what happened to her with the rapes and eventual murder. Watching this documentary just made me realize that those people we laugh at on Jerry Springer are really in this world and the "white trash" on display in this movie makes you understand why Teena could be raped and nothing be done about it until after she was dead. It's pretty shocking to hear some of the questions that was asked of her during the rape investigation and it's even more shocking to hear that many people probably felt it was okay what happened to her. THE BRANDON TEENA STORY has some major flaws including some really stupid attempts at emotions by using songs throughout the picture. Still, it's pretty fascinating getting to hear from all the actual people and this here is reason enough to see the film.

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