Blood Brother


Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.

Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India. He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy.  And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.

Blood Brother is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

Steeltown supported the documentary Blood Brother, which won the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.


Genre: Documentary
Year: 2013
Length: 93 minutes
Directed by: Steve Hoover
Executive Producer: Steve Hoover, Leigh Blake, John Carlin
Producer: Danny Yourd


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WINNER Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize
WINNER Sundance 2013 Audience Award
WINNER Hot Docs 2013 Audience Award
WINNER Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Audience Award, International Section
WINNER Big Sky Documentary Festival Best Feature
WINNER Kansas International Film Festival Audience Award
WINNER Crested Butte Festival Audience Award
WINNER Crested Butte Festival ACT Award
WINNER Thin Line Documentary Festival Audience Award
WINNER Atlanta 2013 Audience Award for Best Feature
WINNER Milano Film Festival Awards Best Documentary
WINNER Gdansk Documentary Festival Audience Award
NOMINEE Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Documentary of the Year
NOMINEE Milano Film Festival Awards Best Editing


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Almost Holy


“Crocodile Gennadiy,” real-life, self-appointed savior, who works tirelessly to rescue homeless, drug-addicted youth from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. At the same time, he challenges dealers and abusers. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work. Sundance Award-winning director Steve Hoover’s second feature is a bold portrait of a man on a mission.


Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Runtime: 94 minutes
Network: Starz
Written by: Steve Hoover
Directed by: Steve Hoover
Producer: Danny Yourd


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Back for Good


Max Kelly is on the verge of a quarter-life crisis. Four years after graduating “Most Likely to Succeed” from her acting conservatory, Max feels no closer to achieving her goals. She’s single, uninspired, and just scraping by as a cocktail waitress on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. When her new agent commits suicide, Max decides it’s finally time to give up and move back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to rebuild the life and love she left behind.


Genre: Feature Film, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Year: 2015
Length: 74 minutes
Written by: Bailey Donovan, Molly Donovan
Directed by: Bailey Donovan, Molly Donovan



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Aspie Seeks Love

Aspie Seeks Love

Aspie Seeks Love is a documentary which follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David Matthews has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love – fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. He wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams.   Directed by Julie Sokolow and executive produced by Danny Yourd of ANIMAL, the company behind the Sundance-winningBlood Brother.

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Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Length: 72 Minutes
World Premiere: Cinequest
Awards: Best Documentary Feature Film- Cinequest 2015  |  Best Documentary Feature Film- Omaha Film Festival 2015
Director: Julie Sokolow
Producer: Julie Sokolow & Danny Yourd
Screenwriter: Julie Sokolow
Music: Anita Fix, Julie Sokolow, The Working Poor
Cinematographer: Julie Sokolow, Tim Murray, John Pope
Editor: Julie Sokolow
Cast: David Matthews, Erika Mikkalo, Chuck Kinder

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Therein lies the greatness of “Aspie Seeks Love.” Most people don’t have Asperger’s syndrome, but few are capable of leading happy lives without love.

2 March 2015

Huffington Post


“Aspie Seeks Love is engaging, funny, thought provoking and emotive. While watching the film, you quickly forget that you are watching a man with Aspberger’s syndrome, instead you just see a man who is searching for love.  You become immersed in his story.”

18 Feb 2015

Downward Dog

Downward Dog


Created by Michael Killen and Samm Hodges, and produced by the team at Animal, Inc., the commercial production arm of Animal Media Group, “Downward Dog” is the original web series that provided the inspiration for the upcoming ABC comedy of the same name. ABC’s “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. The broadcast series is created and written by Samm Hodges and Michael Killen, who will executive produce with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, Animal’s Kathy Dziubek, and Kat Likkel and John Hoberg. It stars Tolman, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, and Barry Rothbart as Kevin. The series hails from Legendary Television and ABC Studios.




Michael Killen

Samm Hodges

Elisabeth Voltz

Stephen Hunter

Associate Producer
Ally Oleynik

Nancy Richert
Amy Kersnick

Executive Producer
Michael Killen
Kathy Dziubek
Jim Kreitzburg
Danny Yourd

Original Score
Danny Bracken

Production Company
Animal Media Group