About Brothers’ Ink Productions

 

Brothers’ Ink Productions, opened in 2004 with offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. The company has participated in over 40 film festivals across the country, won over 20 awards for their films and screenplays, and sold and optioned several screenplays. Many of the films have aired on TV and their award-winning film “Reveille” has shown on the American Forces Network and the Pentagon Channel. Brothers’ Ink Productions won a Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award for “Reveille” on October 6th, 2007.


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​Brothers’ Ink Productions is a production company focused on creating commercial films that are high in quality at conservative budgets. Brothers’ Ink utilizes the business model of creating a short-film as proof of concept for its subsequent features pioneered by industry giants Pixar Studios and Aardman Animations Ltd, but within a live-action setting.

Brothers’ Ink Productions consists of producers; John Waldron, Jason Walters, Nick Stahr, Adam Devaney, Neil Mather and brothers Adam Montierth and Donovan Montierth.

Brothers’ Ink Productions released our first feature film in 2014, Locker 13. Locker 13 was released theatrically, on DVD and on all digital platforms and stars Ricky Schroder, Rick Hoffman, Bart Johnson, Jon Gries, Jon Polito, Jason Spisak, Jason Marsden, Curtis Armstrong, David Huddleston, Krista Allen, Tatyana Ali and Jose Rosete.

Brothers’ Ink Productions will be releasing their new line of children’s books, based on their award-winning short films in 2015 as well as their first non fiction book about the film industry called 100 Years of the Best Movie Stunts.

donovan montierth emmy adam montierthHow did Brothers’ Ink Productions Come To Be?

In 2004, twin brothers Adam Montierth & Donovan Montierth along with writing partner, Jason Walters, wrote, produced and directed a little 35mm film that changed their lives. That film, which started out as a tribute to their grandfather, was called Reveille and starred film and American Forces Veteran’s David Huddleston and James McEachin.  Reveille soon was screened at over 50 film festivals, winning over 20 awards and was shown on The Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Network. In 2007, it was viewed by the Armed Forces in Balad, Iraq, became a viral sensation by being viewed to over 5 million people on Google Video (before there was YouTube) and won the twins an Emmy Award.

Adam & Donovan spent the next few years trying to get a feature film based on Reveille produced called Capture the Flag.  At one point, in 2008-2009, the film looked like it was finally going to be made, they had a $5 million dollar budget through a hedge fund and signed actors and Veteran’s James Garner and Louis Gossett Jr.  The recession hit and the hedge fund withdrew the funds before they could start production and the film went into turnaround.

During this time, Adam and Donovan recruited the talents of Nick Stahr, Neil Mather, John Waldron and Adam Devaney to join Brothers’ Ink producing team.

Brothers’ Ink Productions regrouped with the help of Executive Producer John Waldron and decided to produce a thriller anthology series in the style of the old Night Gallery, Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories TV Shows that the twins loved so much in their youth. At a much lower budget and with thriller scripts that had twist endings, their strategy would be to recruit recognizable TV actors to act in 5-7 short segments that could be pieced together as a TV show or full-length feature film if it wasn’t picked up for series.  Each segment would have a different director but have a similar tone and structure.

Locker 13 has grown to include 4 Kindle eBooks, a Graphic Novel and a full-length feature starring TV favorites Ricky Schroder, Rick Hoffman, Jon Gries, Jon Polito, David Huddleston, Krista Allen, Talyana Ali, Curtis Armstrong, Jessie Garcia, Jason Marsden, Jason Spisak and Thomas Calabro.

“When Locker 13 was turned down by the Networks for a TV Show, we re-edited the segments into the movie it is today,” Adam shares the experience, “with a wrap-around story that features a sage-like supervisor of a wild west theme park telling morality tales to his wayward young steward.  We found this to be a great way to portray the philosophical consequences for making the wrong choices. When we submitted the film to the MPAA we were slapped in the face with an R rating for “some violence”, but were told in confidence that it was just too “dark” in tone and a committee of 3 people were involved in the rating. (one of which voted for a PG-13) We went to the President of the MPAA for re-consideration, citing Expendables,Taken, and even the Lone Ranger as examples of much more violent films rated PG-13, but she decided to back her committee and stood by the R-rating. Again, in confidence, we were told that the PG-13 rating was specifically reserved for studio films and that independent films were either grouped in the straight PG or R categories and thus we were stuck with the R.”

Donovan adds, “Needless-to-say, this didn’t sit well with us as it goes against everything we stand for as family men, married men of 23 years each, Eagle Scouts, and ex-missionaries.  So, we’ve re-dedicated ourselves to making ONLY family films and TV shows. Thus began our relationship with Jester’z Improv Comedy in Mesa, Arizona, a family owned and all ages appropriate Theatre.”  With Jester’z, Adam and Donovan have produced DVDs, shows and events with the immensely popular cast of Studio C, with such TV stars as Pat Finn and movie actors such as Sean Astin.

Projects in Development:

Capture the Flag

An Army Veteran and a Navy Veteran, fighting over a flagpole in a retirement community, recruit their neighbors in a game of capture the flag that would give the winner the right to raise the flag every morning.

Patriotic     Heartwarming     Funny

Sleeperwave Films

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Producer:  Eric J. Adams

ERIC J. ADAMS is a producer, screenwriter, journalist and author. He wrote the script and produced (consulting) the feature film“Supremacy” (2015), starring Danny Glover and Joe Anderson, and he co-wrote and produced “Archie’s Final Project” (aka My Suicide) (2011). Archie’s Final Project won 21 major international film festival awards, including the Crystal Bear in Berlin.

Eric is also the author of six books, including the suspense/thrillersBirdland (Hodder & Stoughton) and Plot Twist (St. Martin’s Press). He wrote and directed “To Save A Child,” an award-winning documentary on suicide, as well as a number of other documentary and short films. As a journalist, Eric has written for dozens of national and regional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, and Salon.

Eric relies on his journalism background to develop film projects that explore contemporary social issues while remaining commercially viable. In recognition of his efforts, Eric was recently named a Djerassi Screenwriting Fellowship finalist by the San Francisco Film Society.

Producer:  Michael Birnbaum

MICHAEL BIRNBAUM is the founder and President of Empire Pictures Incorporated, an independent film company engaged in the development and production of theatrical motion pictures and television programming.

Mr. Birnbaum’s most recent production was the hit teen comedy John Tucker Must Die for Twentieth Century Fox. The film, developed and produced by Mr. Birnbaum for a modest $19 million, has achieved revenues in excess of $125 million worldwide.

Mr. Birnbaum developed and served as Executive Producer on the 2006 independent film The Big White for Capitol Films and Ascendant Pictures, directed by BAFTA winner Mark Mylod and starring Academy-Award winners Robin Williams and Holly Hunter.

Under his Empire Pictures banner, Mr. Birnbaum also developed, packaged and produced Bandits for MGM, which starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, and was directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson. The film received a variety of awards and nominations including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nominations for Thornton and Blanchett, and achieved worldwide revenue in excess of $150 million.

Director:  Jeremiah Chechik

JEREMIAH S. CHECHIK (born 1951 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is the director of such films as National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationBenny & Joon, Diabolique and The Avengers.

In 2007, Chechik directed all eight episodes of The Bronx is Burning. He and producer Michael Birnbaum purchased the screen rights to House of Night from authors P. C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast on November 17, 2008.

His film The Right Kind of Wrong was screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Capture the Flag is based on the Emmy award winning short film Reveille and written by Adam and Donovan Montierth.

Joining the Race

Tim Carver is wealthy, respected, and supremely unhappy. To deal with his mid-life crises, his best friend enrolls him into a week-long Michael Waltrip’s NASCAR Experience where he learns to laugh, love, and live again.

Funny     Nascar For Dummies     City Slickers

Locked Horns Productions

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Comedian:  Bill Engvall

BILL ENGVALL starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, which ran for three seasons. He was one of the stars of the sketch comedy show, Blue Collar TV, on the WB network. In 2008 Bill starred in Bait Shop which co-starred Billy Ray Cyrus and had its world premiere on the USA Network.

A star of the big screen as well, Bill has appeared in several films including Strawberry Wine with Christina Ricci and , Bed and Breakfast with Dean Cain, as well as Delta Farce.

Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most watched movies and special in Comedy Central history. The soundtrack for Blue Collar Comedy Tour- One For The Road (Warner Bros./Jack Records) was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

Along with his Blue Collar movies, Bill has several solo specials which aired on Comedy Central including Aged and Confused ( 2009), Live (2004 (certified multiplatinum). He recently reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the “Them Idiots Whirled Tour”, which was filmed as a special for CMT and aired in March of 2012. 15° Off Cool ( 2007) and Here’s Your Sign.

Actress:  Robyn Lively

ROBYN LIVELY is currently starring in the TV Series “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street” for Amazon Studios. She plays Gortimer Gibbon’s mother.

This Emmy Award nominated actress is best known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Saving Grace, Chicago Hope and her current role on “Gortimer Gibbon’s”.

At the age of 19, Lively was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as an insecure teen in the 1991 ABC After school Special episode “Less Than Perfect Daughter”.

In the 1990s, Lively had recurring roles on Twin Peaks, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Chicago Hope. In 1996, she appeared as Lane McKenzie, one of three lead characters in the short lived WB drama Savannah.

In 2008, Lively appeared alongside Holly Hunter in an episode of Saving Grace and also had a role in Cold Case.

In 2010, she appeared alongside Twin Peaks costars in the Dual Spires episode of Psych.

Actor:  Bart Johnson

Currently recurring on the TV series, “Gortimer Gibbons, Life On Normal Street” for Amazon as well as, “The Client List” for Lifetime, but still may still be best known for his role as Zac Efron’s father, Coach Jack Bolton in Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL franchise. Bart Born in Hollywood, Bart was exposed to the movie business at a very young age. In television, he starred on the WB’s drama, “Hyperion Bay” from creator Joseph Dougherty. Bart has also guest starred and recurred in many TV shows and can be seen in the films, “Mi Familia”, “Animals”, “5 Nights in Hollywood”, “Campus Killer”, “A Green Story” and “Monster Mutt”.

Bart spends his free time at the improv and writing program at the Upright Citizens Brigade. He recently debuted as a writer/director with his 18-minute 35mm short film entitled, “THE RUN”. The film, shot entirely in Mexico, is a prelude to a feature length film of the same title.

Director, Writer:  Paul DeNigris

Producer, Writer:  Steve Briscoe

PAUL DENIGRIS AND STEVE BRISCOE created Locked Horns Productions in 2001 and have gone on to over 40 film festivals across the country with their films, winning over 10 filmmaker awards.  They write together and work seamless as a producer/director team. In 2009, they made a little short film called Cowboy Dreams that starred Bill Engvall and Danny Trejo and won multiple awards.

Shackled

After shy newcomer Lucy starts dating the most popular boy in school, her dream romance becomes her biggest nightmare when he convinces her to wear a tracking bracelet that keeps track of her every move.

Thriller     Young Adult     Domestic Violence

Ricky Schroder Productions

Based on the popular young adult novel by Angela Carling, Shackled is a cautionary tale about the dangers of young love and the early indicators of domestic violence.  Lucy falls for the wrong boy and will need faith and guidance to get her through a dangerous game of power and control.

Executive Producer:  Ricky Schroder

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RICKY SCHRODER’S co-starring role in the Western mini-series Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove, helped in his attempt to be recognized in more mature roles. His roles as Danny Sorenson on three seasons of NYPD Blue, nurse Paul Flowers in Scrubs, Dr. Dylan West on Strong Medicine, and Mike Doyle on the 2007 season of 24 worked to cement that perception with the viewing audience.

In 2004, Ricky Schroder wrote and directed the feature film Black Cloud, a drama about a Navajo boxer. The same year he directed and starred in the music video for “Whiskey Lullaby”, a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. Schroder’s son Luke and daughter Cambrie also appeared in the video. In 2005 CMT Music Awards, the video won the “Collaborative Video of the Year” award, while director of the video Schroder won “Director of the Year” award.

In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds. In 2013, Ricky Schroder Productions produced Hallmark movie “Our Wild Hearts.” where Ricky starred with his daughter Cambrie.

His production company Ricky Schroder Productions currently is producing Starting Strong a TV show for the US Army as well as other projects including The Fighting Season.

Producer:  Andrea Schroder

Andrea Bernard Schroder was born and raised in a large family in Canada. As a young girl, Andrea spent the weekends painting her room, sewing drapes, or making her own clothes from vintage fabrics. At age 18, she met and married her husband, actor Ricky Schroder. Andrea is a producer for film/television. Together with “Plan A Designs”, “Old Post Films”, “ricky Schroder Productions”, Andrea has been able to use her background in design and real estate in the entertainment business as a Producer helping build a production that is rich with character and visually beautiful to an audience.

She has produced the films Black Cloud, Our Wild Hearts, and TV Show Starting Strong.

Actress:  Cambrie Schroder

Oldest daughter of Ricky and Andrea Schroder. She is the younger sister of Holden Schroder and Luke Schroder and older sister of Faith Schroder. In the movie, Our Wild Hearts, she plays alongside her real father and brothers. The movie, “Wild Hearts”, was her acting debut, on the Hallmark Channel.

Teen Dating Violence Facts

PREVALENCE AND FREQUENCY

Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group – at a rate almost triple the national average.

     -U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-99 (Oct. 2001, rev. 11/28/01).

Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

-Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; and Jeanne E. Hathaway, MD, MPH, “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, (No. 5, 2001).

Among female victims of intimate partner violence, a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend victimized 94% of those between the ages of 16-19.

-U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics,7, (2001).

Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all homicides against females ages 16-19 were committed by an intimate partner.

-Bureau of Justice Statistics Press Release, “Violence Rates Among Intimate Partners Differ Greatly According to Age,” (10/29/01).

PARENTAL AWARENESS

81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

-“Women’s Health,” June/July 2004, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth, http://www.med.umich.edu/whp/newsletters/summer04/p03-dating.html, (Last visited 9/23/04).

A majority of parents (54%) admit they’ve not spoken to their child about dating violence.

      -Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, (2000). 

TEEN AWARENESS

Nearly 25% of 14-17 year-olds surveyed know at least one student who was a victim of dating violence, while 11% know multiple victims of dating violence. 33% of teens have actually witnessed such an event.

-Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, (2000).

39% of female high school students report that students talk in school about whether some- one is attempting to control the person they are dating.

-Tiffany J. Zwicker, Education Policy Brief, “The Imperative of Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs in Secondary Schools.” 12 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, 131, (2002). 

​INCIDENT REPORTING

When female high school students were asked whom they would talk to if someone they date is attempting to control them, insults them, or physically harms them, 86% percent said they would confide in a friend, while only 7% said they would talk to police.

-Tiffany J. Zwicker, Education Policy Brief, “The Imperative of Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs in Secondary Schools.” 12 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, 131, (2002).

THE LEGACY OF RELATIONSHIP ABUSE

Patterns of dating violence behavior often start early and carry through into adult relationships.

-V.A. Forshee et Al, Health Education Research, 11(3), 275-286, (1996).

Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications for victims: Many will continue to be abused in their adult relationships and are at a higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and suicide.

-Jay G. Silverman PhD, et Al, “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Journal of the American Medical Association, (2001).

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