The Filmmakers

Chris Browne, filmmaker

Christopher Browne was born on August 19, 1976. He grew up in New York and then later in Connecticut. He became interested in documentaries while working for legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles during the summer after his junior year at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied English Literature. 

After college he held various production jobs in New York including as a producer at Checkerboard Film Foundation, where he helped produce several documentaries. In 2002, he co-founded Dionysian Films and made his first feature documentary, A League of Ordinary Gentleman. The documentary chronicles the lives of several professional bowlers and what happens to them after three former Microsoft executives buy the Professional Bowling Association in an attempt to turn the league into the next NASCAR by transforming it bowlers into marketable TV personalities. A League of Ordinary Gentleman garnered critical acclaim and won several awards.  Magnolia Pictures distributed the movie theatrically and it aired on PBS’s Independent Lens.  New York Magazine named it one of the top three art house films of 2005.

Following, A League of Ordinary Gentleman he worked with Reboot Films and The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies to direct the feature length documentary Sons of Sakhin United. That film tells the story of Bnei Sakhnin, the first Arab soccer club to win the State Cup in Israel.  The film was recently completed and is currently generating critical praise on the festival circuit.

  Watch the Trailer for A League of Ordinary Gentleman

 

Alex Browne, filmmaker

Alex Brown was born in Connecticut on February 11, 1979, and graduated form Colgate University in 2002 with a B.A. in History.  While in college Alex found himself spending more time in front of movie and television screens than in libraries and classrooms.  Although his grades may have suffered, Alex had discovered his true passion in life. Upon graduation Alex decided to pursue his love of the moving image. In the fall of 2002 he co-founded Dionysian Films.

            

While with Dionysian Films, Alex produced the feature length documentary A League of Ordinary Gentleman.  After a successful festival run, “League” was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures, and later aired both on ESPN and on PBS as a part of the prestigious Independent Lens series.  New York Magazine named the film one of the top three art house films of 2005.  Following, A League of Ordinary Gentleman Alex worked with Reboot Films and The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies to produce and co-direct the feature length documentary Sons of Sakhin United.  That film tells the story of Bnei Sakhnin, the first Arab soccer club to win the State Cup in Israel.   

In 2008, Alex and his brother Chris, parted ways with Dionysian Films and started Browne Brother’s Productions. The new company will continue to pursue projects in the documentary field, in addition to producing scripted content. Alex is currently directing Music Videos, and developing episodic television series for Browne Brothers Productions.

 

Watch the Trailer for Sons of Sakhin United


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