The Other Brother; Kindred Art
Artwork by Jesse and Tom Flowers
The Other Brother is a film about the genetics of art and sibling estrangement. Two brothers, estranged since 1948, share an exceptional bond. One is an art-world insider, and one lived alone in a world of art. There are remarkable similarities in their art; there are also clear differences. This story explores their very different lives and the visual thread that connects them.
The younger brother, Tom Flowers (who is now 85), received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. The older brother, Jesse Flowers, joined the service right after dropping out of high school and became a recluse soon after serving as a medic during the end of WWII. He lived in a dirt-floor shack without plumbing.
Tom and Jesse each took a different path in life to get past the harshness of growing up and the distance between them. This book contains a small sample of the large body of art they created over their lifetimes.
Her short documentary, Flag Day, received a juror’s honorable mention this June at the 2005 AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Conference and Filmfest held in Silver Spring, Md; and a Jury’s Citation at the 25th Black Maria Film and Video Festival in Jersey City, NJ 2006.W.W. Norton chose Flag Day, for inclusion on a Norton Sociology textbook DVD. Her short documentary, Bowl Digger, received a Director’s Choice award at the 2007 Black Maria Film Festival and a Best Documentary award at the 2007 Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada. It was juried into the 3-month long Make it New exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, during the summer of 2007 and toured with the 2007-2008 Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival Sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation.