My name is Tim Rundel (Auburn, CA) and my film is about an Oklahoma family that is ripped apart after their 15-year-old son brutally murders his older sister in 1974. Controversy swirls around the case after his parents decide to hire a prominent defense attorney to keep him out of jail.
The film explores the controversial justifications made by this teenage boy in regards to his motives for killing his sister (via interviews with the prosecutor, his defense attorney, mental health experts, neighbors and his mother). Public records request during the filming of the doc uncovers stunning details and buried secrets about this preventable tragedy.
Update: Brother Valentine wins Best Short Documentary at the 2016 Twister Alley Film Festival on May 7, 2016. The doc was also selected as a Jury Award Finalist for Best Overall Short Film. The film has also been screened at festivals in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Belgium and was recently selected for the Sacramento Music and Film Festival.