Feature Film: The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best




Comedy | Music

Director: Ryan O’Nan
Writer: Ryan O’Nan
Executive Producer: Steven Saxton

Ryan O’Nan – Alex
Michael Weston – Jim
Arielle Kebbel – Cassidy
Andrew McCarthy – Brian


At the start of “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,” a New York musician loses his girlfriend and his day job, then botches a gig as a singing moose in a kindergarten class. In desperate straits, he partners with an eccentric motormouth performer who relies on kiddie instruments like kazoos. Along with a sassy female rock entrepreneur, they embark on a tour that ends with a battle of the bands in Los Angeles.

With a slew of original songs and two lead characters who could take turns in an “I’m With Stupid” T-shirt, “The Brooklyn Brothers” aims for a blend of farce, music and heart. This rock-and-road comedy-drama zig-zags in tone — and in direction, too. It goes all over the map, from New Jersey to Iowa to San Diego. The principal photography took place entirely in Maryland.

With a tight crew (Director Ryan O’Nan and Executive Producer Steven Saxton) and committed co-stars (Michael Weston and Arielle Kebbel), the writer-director-star, Ryan O’Nan, strove to bring the zest of an inter-state highway spree to an 18-day shoot that stayed within state borders.


Florida Film Festival
Won, Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature – Ryan O’Nan (director)

Gasparilla International Film Festival
Won, Audience Award – Feature – Ryan O’Nan