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Film People

Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Film People 2017 will be a celebration of both student and faculty work. We’ll present five to seven student short films that students will have produced during the 2016-2017 school year and name one of them the Dennis Darrell Memorial Award winner.

Dale F. Halton Theater

CPCC Digital Media Specialist Chris Pittman will present his documentary “Concerto,” a feature-length biographical documentary about two talented and accomplished brothers who were raised by a brilliant but highly disturbed father. It provides a rare glimpse into the lives of two artists as they look back on the ghosts of their past, and highlights the struggles that young, gifted children must often endure at the hands of demanding parents. “Concerto” has been accepted and screened at the Madrid Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival and is currently being considered as an entrant into the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Concerto, The Documentary

Concerto 1


Concerto is a feature-length biographical documentary about two talented and accomplished brothers who were raised by a brilliant but highly disturbed father. It provides a rare glimpse into the lives of two artists as they look back on the ghosts of their past, and highlights the struggles that young, gifted children must often endure at the hands of demanding parents.

Today, the brothers are highly accomplished symphony musicians. Christopher Rex is the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony, Artistic Director of the world-renowned Amelia Island Chamber Orchestra Festival, and the Principal Cello Chair at Mercer College, in Macon, Georgia. Charles Gordon Rex, Jr., is a first violinist with the New York Philharmonic, and performs as a soloist with orchestras across the country.

Concerto 2The Rex brothers' story unfolds through a blending of on-camera interviews, public performances, photographs, and home movies. What appears on the surface to be a normal childhood is revealed to be a nightmare for the Rex children. Their father, a gifted, self-taught composer, stricken with polio as a child and left a paraplegic, is a manipulative, angry man who dominates the family with unyielding control. He is not portrayed as a villain, as much as a man battling internal demons he is incapable of defeating.
The documentary includes interviews with family, friends and musicians, including renowned musical director Zubin Mehta and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and friends and family of the Rex brothers. Several orchestras are featured, and the brothers perform together and separately in the film.

In the end, the brothers both come to terms with the memory of their father in different ways. But the question remains: Are they who they are because of their past, or in spite of it?