Missing in Brooks County

A film by Jeff Bemiss, Lisa Molomot



Available to stream in Texas

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United States, 2020
81 min, Color
Spanish, English; English subtitles

Missing in Brooks County follows the stories of two families searching for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County, Texas. A gripping drama, it is also a deeply humane portrait of the human rights workers, activists, and law enforcement agents who confront the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.

Austin Premiere


Director Bios

Jeff Bemiss, Producer/Co-Director/Cinematographer, is an award-winning writer/director who has worked in shorts, features and documentaries, Jeff’s work has aired on network television and PBS. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. Originally trained in scripted filmmaking, Jeff’s film THE BOOK AND THE ROSE was a semi-finalist for the Academy Award for best short film. Jeff shot and directed the award-winning short documentary COACHING COLBURN about a young manwith Fragile-X Syndrome, which premiered at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Jeff is a Connecticut Artist Fellow and a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow. He freelances for disability and social activist clients and teachesfilm at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.


Lisa Molomot, Producer/Co-Director/Cinematographer, has directed and edited documentaries about the American Southwest in recent years including THE CLEANERS, and SOLEDAD. She has also focused on stories about education. Her award-winning film SCHOOL’S OUT has been an integral part of the movement for providing outdoor education for young children, and her recent short film TEACHING IN ARIZONA is an inside look at the teaching crisis in that state. A recent Fulbright Scholar, she teaches a course at the James E. RogersSchool of Law at the University of Arizona where she has worked with the Immigration Law Clinic for the past four years, has taught in the UA Human Rights Practice Graduate Program and is part of a network of human rights faculty.



Cinematographer: Jeff Bemiss, Lisa Molomot
Editor: Jacob Bricca
Sound Design: William Sammons
Music: Ted Reichman
Principal cast: Eduardo Canales, Omar & Michelle Roman, Moises Zavala, Dr. Kate Spradley, Dr. Mike Vickers


Print Source: Jeffrey Winter, The Film Collaborative,