The first local public screening of The Other Brother, a documentary film directed by fine-arts faculty member Kristy Higby and produced by her husband, fellow arts faculty member Mark Flowers was held April 25 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Hale Studio Theatre.
The film tells the touching and complicated story of two estranged brothers who were both artists. One of the brothers is Flowers’ father, Tom; the other was his uncle, Jesse, whom Mark Flowers never met. Click here to view a trailer for the film.
In addition to Higby and Flowers, others in attendance included Paris Peet, who was the voice of Jesse in the film, and Marlin Barnes, who teaches instrumental music lessons at Mercersburg and contributed a percussion piece to the film’s soundtrack.
The Other Brother has been accepted into the Bare Bones Film and Music Festival in Muskogee, Okla., and the Santa Fe Film Festival in Santa Fe, N.M. (where it will be screened Friday, May 2). Additionally, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has added The Other Brother to its viewing library of art films.
The film’s original soundtrack was created by several musicians with connections to the Academy, including Barnes; Geoff Weeks, who taught guitar at Mercersburg for 15 years; and Logan Trask ’13, who wrote, arranged, performed and recorded a song, “Paradiso.”
Higby and Flowers are retiring from Mercersburg at the close of the 2013–2014 school year; after 23 years of teaching at the Academy, they are relocating full-time to their cabin and working studio in Asheville, N.C. They are the parents of two Mercersburg alumni, Carson Higby-Flowers ’01 and Morgan Higby-Flowers ’03.
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