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"Rashawn's Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell" Pre-Release Screening

The Rashawn Brazell Film Project LLC.

Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

New York, NY

"Rashawn's Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn...

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Please join us for a special evening at Maysles Documentary Center to preview a near-final cut of the long-awaited documentary "Rashawn's Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell." The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Desire Brazell (mother of Rashawn Brazell) and filmmaker Terik King. Then join us after the screening and Q&A for a reception where refreshments wil be served.

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About "Rashawn's Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell"

Breaking News Article

“GRISLY FIND IN SUBWAY” blared the page 7 headline of the New York Daily News story on Friday, February 18, 2005, which then went on to reveal that two transit workers had found a bloody trash bag packed with an arm and two legs along the subway tracks just outside of a subway station in Brooklyn. They belonged to Rashawn Brazell. who just days prior had left his family’s apartment on the morning of Valentine’s Day to run several errands before meeting his mother, Desire, for their planned lunch. When he didn’t show for the lunch, says Desire, “that was when my nightmare began.”

Rashawn & Desire“He was more than my son, He was my best friend.”

                                                                                 - Desire Brazell

 RASHAWN’S DESIRE  tells the story of a mother and her two sons, and how their lives became affected by   the horrific murder and dismemberment of the youngest son, Rashawn. The film’s begins with tracing the backstory of Desire Brazell, from her origins in the south through her childhood in rough-and-tumble environment of Brooklyn, New York. Into this environment, Rashawn Brazell was born. “I always told him, “ Desire recounts in the film, “that he is to be himself. He is not to try to be anything other than what you are.” Under this guiding principle, Rashawn grew into an outgoing, charismatic, popular young man. “Rashawn was the life of the party,” reflects his friend Clarence. Another friend, Mark, adds, “Everybody wanted to be a part of this man. Everybody.” Along with his admirers, Rashawn attracted attention from some darker types. “He was cool with everybody,” says his brother Jenata, who adds, “Be careful who you [consider] your friends.”

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At the film’s midpoint, Rashawn tries to distance himself from some of his “friends.” In his own voice, we hear him speak of “making changes” upon the 2005 New Year. He would be dead six weeks later. In retrospect, Desire Brazell reflects: “I think he waited…until it was too late.”

When Rashawn’s dismembered body parts are found in locations throughout Brooklyn, a swarm of media descends into the Brazell family’s life. Death threats are received at their home, to which Jenata responds with an action plan of his own to bring justice to his brother’s murderer. While they are coping with their loss, coverage of the killing turns salacious. “Gay Beau Sought in Body-Chop Slay!” screamed the New York Post. “It seemed like the gay perspective came in and made it look like it was a big deal with my brother,” says Jenata in the film. “They disrespected my family and disgraced my brother.” As the community reacted with shock and the media evaporated, the police investigation stalled.
Who killed Rashawn Brazell?

Desire at March

RASHAWN’S DESIRE lays out the circumstances of Rashawn’s life leading up to the crime, analyzes (via expert interviews) the law enforcement and media response to the killing, and advances a theory as to what caused Rashawn’s death. In the end, as in the beginning, we are left with Desire, a mother fighting on to find her son’s killer, a mother separated from her eldest, amid the tough world they inhabit in New York City. “What hurts me the most,” she laments, “is that I wasn’t there to save him.”

RASHAWN’S DESIRE – The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell was Produced and Directed by Terik King.

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EVENT FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are no ID requirements per se, but due to the subject matter the film screened at this event is not recommended for children under the age of 16.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is no designated parking for Maysles Documentary Center. It is recommended that you take pubic transportation to this event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email any questions to rashawnbrazellfilm@gmail.com.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your printed ticket for admission. There will also be a list of confirmed EventBrite attendes at the door.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds.

Have questions about "Rashawn's Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell" Pre-Release Screening? Contact The Rashawn Brazell Film Project LLC.

When & Where


Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue / Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027

Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)


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