BRATS is the seven-year work of passion of
independent filmmaker Donna Musil. It's the first film Donna has directed and produced. It has won numerous awards and been screened in over a hundred locations around the country, including almost two dozen film festivals. The film was featured on CNN's "This Week at War" and NPR's "All Things Considered," and has been broadcast on Armed Forces Network Television in 178 countries around the world. Donna currently serves as the Executive Director of Brats Without Borders, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization which produced the film, and continues to conduct research and develop programs which raise the awareness of military "brats" and other "third culture kids" and improve the quality of their lives.
Writer-Director Donna Musil speaking with audience at screening in Anniston,
In 2011, Donna won a Henry Clews Art Fellowship to La Napoule, France, and her feature screenplay, Cypress Gardens, won Best Feature Drama (2nd place overall) in the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Contest. Donna has written a number of other scripts, including Ananse, a children's
animated film based on African folktales, currently in development with Visionex/Ghana
and Melendez Films/London. She co-directed a staged reading of her original feature,
To Kingdom Come, with Producer Judith Pearlman, in NY Women in Film & TV's
Screenplay Reading Series, representing "some of the best developing women screenwriters."
Other credits include Rebuilding America's Communities, The Carter Center documentary about
inner-city poverty (PBS, 1997 WorldFest Int'l Film Festival Silver Award), and dozens of
educational and industrial films for Coca-Cola, BellSouth, and M&M Mars/Snickers.
Donna was on the Board of Directors for Women in Film/Atlanta, and has been awarded
Hambidge Center (GA), Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (Taos),
and Centrum Arts (Port Townsend, Washington) writer's fellowships.
Prior to her writing career, Donna worked as an attorney with the AFL-CIO and
the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, helping organize unions throughout
the South. She has a J.D. and B.A./Journalism (magna cum laude) from the University
of Georgia and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Donna was raised an Army brat and has lived and worked in Germany, Korea, Ireland,
Copenhagen, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia,
Kentucky, and France. As a child, she moved 12 times in 16 years. Her father was a JAG officer
and military judge. When she was 16, her father died, and two weeks later, her family
moved to Columbus, Georgia, where she finished high school.
For the next 20 years, Donna moved 19 times, graduated college, and worked in
a variety of jobs, but always felt "different" from her fellow Americans.
In 1997, she learned that she was not alone. While surfing the Internet, Donna discovered
a Web site for her Taegu, Korea high school. A few weeks later, she attended an
impromptu reunion in Washington, DC. It was revelatory. For the first time, Donna felt
like she "belonged" somewhere, and thus began her journey "home."
Other Cast & Crew
A Corporate BRAT, Beth Goodwin has produced and directed dozens of television programs,
including Discovery's Lynette Jennings Design; Salsa, a children's
Spanish-language television series for Georgia Public Broadcasting; and
Grandpa's Garage for Galaxy Classroom/Turner Learning. She has a Masters in
Business from Georgia State University and a BFA in Broadcast/Film (magna cum laude)
from Southern Methodist University.
Tessa Lyn Stephenson
The daughter of a military BRAT, Denver-born Tessa Lyn
Stephenson is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema
and Television. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is currently
working as second assistant director on Dirty Girl, starring Lisa Kudrow.
Previous productions include The Pardon, My Mom's New Boyfriend, starring Meg
Ryan and Antonio Banderas, Bill Duke's Cover, and
An American Crime, starring Catherine Keener.
Singer/Songwriter, This Old Road, Broken Freedom Song,
The Highwaymen; Actor, Lone Star, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries,
A Star is Born
Navy Brat, Producer/Director, The Idea of North, with Glenn Gould,
PBS/CBC; Producer/Director, Bauhaus in America
Timothy Wurtz has spent more than 25 years writing and producing feature films and TV movies.
A former reporter, Tim grew up living in London, England, Ankara, Turkey and Munich, Germany.
His dad worked for the U.S. government. He earned a BA in International Studies from the
University of Denver.
As a writer-producer, he uses his knowledge of journalism to acquire the rights to true
stories. Tim has written numerous TV projects including true stories Monkey Boys,
Red Star Murders and the Lacy Brown Pilot.
Tim's feature-film work includes projects for studios in the U.S., Canada and Germany.
He has now moved into the arena of independent features with A Clean Kill and the
award-winning Hungry Hearts.
As an advocate of the essential, seminal role of the writer and writing in the film and
TV industries, Tim founded the Writers Guild of America's Media Relations Committee.
His knowledge of media and publicity, and the work of the committee, has resulted in
a number of highly successful WGA programs and events that have taken the coverage of
film and TV writers from virtually nothing in 1988 to commonplace today.
Francisco Gabaldon "Paco" Hamm
Francisco "Paco" Hamm is an award-winning photographer, producer and writer in
Washington, D.C. He currently serves in the military as a public affairs officer for
the air Force and is an avid marathon runner. He graduated from Texas Tech with a
Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University.
Alan Abrahams (assisted by Margaret Fowler)
Producer, Kris Kristofferson's Broken Freedom Song;
Joan Baez' Diamonds & Rust in the Bullring; Bill Evans' Soul Insider;
Les McCann's Pump It Up
Tom Hennig, Dave Henn, Marc Curtis
Peter Krajewski, Government BRAT, Discover Channel's
Monster Garage, The History Channel's Boomers: Deterrence From the Deep
and Silent Service, PBS' The Living Century, A&E's The Hindenburg,
Cine's Sworn to Secrecy/Secrets of War, The Trouble With Lou
(2001 Slamdance Moviemaker Breakthrough Award)
Amy Carey Linton,
Amy Carey Linton, Coast Guard BRAT,
Sacco and Vanzetti, Building Bombs, Goin' to Chicago, The Internationale,
Original music by Charles Primerano,
with songs by
Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixer
King of the Hill, Yugio, Blue's Clues, Happily Ever After:
Fairy Tales For Every Child, Pokemon 4ever, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Hennig Productions, Austin, TX
John Godwin, Atlanta, GA
, Atlanta, Georgia
Courtesy of BT Post's Outreach Program (with the help of Shawn Conrad, Sean Bates, Molly Baroco,
Lee Davidson, J.D. Andrews, Carley Henderson, and Ed and Linda Bair)
Web Designer: Sherry Bastion of ARCHESITE (with special acknowledgement for the original contributions of
Samuel L. Britten who developed the original site)
Glenn Greenwood, Peg Hennig
Production Assistants: Kimberly Bayes, Karen Purdy Flamand, Bryan Green
Editing Assistance: Peg Hennig
Music Advisor: Daniel Loughry, Thomas Watson
Still Photography: Deverill Weekes
Artwork: Kenneth Robin, Sean Bates, Beth Abbott, Sarita Hleap Faitelson
Legal Assistance: Michael Runnels, Hilary Harp,
Allen Buckley, Lenne Eidson Espenschied
About Brats Without Borders, Inc.
(formerly Brats Productions, Inc.)
Brats Without Borders, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit
production company founded in 1999. It's mission is to create films, videos,
and literary materials for current and former military children and other
"third culture kids" from highly mobile families around the world
(most of whom spend a portion of their youth outside their country of citizenship)
that acknowledge their existence and contributions, improve the quality of their lives,
and foster the self-awareness and sense of belonging necessary to employ the
more positive aspects of their unique multi-cultural inheritance.
All donations are tax-deductible.