Lexington composer brings Sundance film home

Earlier this year, Lexington composer AJ Hochhalter was generating some buzz for having composed music for the documentary Blood Brother, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. This month, Lexingtonians have a chance to see the actual movie and hear Hochhalter’s contribution to it.

AJ Hochhalter at the keyboard at his studio in The Livery.

AJ Hochhalter at the keyboard at his studio in The Livery.

Blood Brother is being screened at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street. The film is about Rocky Braat, a man who gave up a design career in the United States to run an orphanage for children with AIDS in India. It won the grand jury prize and audience award at Sundance; it followed that up with honors for best documentary at the Milano Film Festival, best feature at the Big Sky Documentary Festival, the audience award at the Thin Line Documentary Festival and the audience award for best feature at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Hochhalter, a Louisville native and University of Kentucky graduate now living in Lexington, got involved in Blood Brother when director Steve Hoover found some of his music online, used it as temporary music for the film, and then contacted Hochhalter about using the piece he had grabbed and having him write more music for the film.

Hochhalter has written for other commercial and film projects, including The Sixth Man documentary about University of Kentucky basketball. He says Blood Brother is very special to him.

“Can’t wait to share the film with Lexington,” he wrote in an email.

Tickets are $11 and are available at Tugg.com/events/6191.

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