In spring of 2011, Dan Brewington’s family was contacted about the possibility of participating in a documentary about divorce. One of the project researchers came across Dan Brewington on the internet and was interested. In July 2011 producer, Lee Thompson, came to Cincinnati, talked to Sue and Matt Brewington, and chose film locations.
Thompson returned with film director, James Scurlock, and his crew in August 2011. They interviewed Dan’s mother, Sue Brewington, and Dan’s Ohio Attorney, Robert G. Kelly in Norwood, Ohio. James Scurlock and Lee Thompson met Dan in a regular prison visit at the Dearborn County Jail behind glass but were not granted permission to do an in person interview and definitely no cameras. They also filmed outside the Courthouse and jail where Dan was incarcerated since March of 2011. The film story continued at Brewington’s family farm in Milan, Indiana, where Dan had lived with his girls during the 2 ½ year divorce.
They asked the Brewingtons not to speak about the project in public last year. On Monday, July 30, 2012 a film crew returned with the owner of Candor Entertainment, Joe Sorge, to finish the part about Dan. They went to Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana where Stan Knight is superintendent and Dan is in prison. Candor Entertainment had been trying to get permission to film Dan at the prison since late last year, but had been denied. The film crew, with Joe Sorge, went into the visitor center and asked again. They were told that they could film from across the highway and they did.
The crew came to the Brewington family home later in the day on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Joe Sorge conducted the interviews. Dan called from prison and Joe got to interview Dan. In his final question he asked Dan what he would like to tell his girls. August 18, 2012 marks three years since he has seen them. Joe interviewed Matt to get some personal idea about what kind of brother Dan is. Even Dan’s dog, Sophia, participated before the crew departed for Los Angeles later that evening.
The significance of this documentary needs to be emphasized. The family court systems around our country are broken in many ways. Dan’s story is just one of many that will be mentioned in the film. It is one example of what happened to someone who tried to find some accountability within the system and got punished drastically for fighting to have meaningful time with his girls.
Thanks to everyone for all of their support. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to danbrewington.blogspot.com.
Candor Entertainment creates scripted and unscripted content for TV, film and the web. Candor just completed production on a million dollar feature documentary titled Divorce Corp., with Director James Scurlock who previously directed and produced Maxed Out. That film aired on HBO numerous times and can be reviewed at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762117/fullcredits#cast and is also available on Netflix. Divorce Corp. is set to release fall 2012.