|Monty & Marsh Brown BIOGRAPHY|
Filmmakers Monty & Marsha Brown
Born in Doncaster, England, in 1940, Monty was raised and educated In British Columbia, Canada. He studied theater at the University of B.C. and, after touring with a repertory company in Canada for a year, he returned to England to study acting at the Stratford East Theater School.
In London during the 1960s, he worked first as an actor, then as a production assistant at BBC television for five years. In 1972 he moved to New York to take up a career in song writing and musical performance. He and his wife Marsha, who was born and raised in Upstate New York, have written many songs together, including two - “Would You Fly?” and “Cajun Christmas” - which were used in the movie Steel Magnolias.
The Browns spent over a year working for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where they produced the music and handled the publicity for the 1989 Folk Festival. While at NSU, Monty wrote a thesis on the Louisiana folk legend Leadbelly, and earned his Masters Degree in English.
Back in Shreveport, Louisiana, Marsha organized the regional Film Commission, which attracts Hollywood to the Bayou country. She became the first Executive Director of the Commission. Meanwhile, Monty was announcer and Arts Producer for regional Public Radio in Shreveport, producing a weekly folk music program as well as many live concerts and radio articles on the Arts.
In 2000, Monty and Marsha filmed the sights and sounds of their Annual Musical Tour of France, from the chilly Normandy beaches to the sun-baked Mediterranean shore. The film, La Belle France, was previewed at the Travel Adventure Cinema Society convention in St. Louis in 2002, and their film career was off and running. They have since produced a second film, It’s Great! Britain, which is about Monty’s native land and a third film, Hello! Louisiana, which is about Marsha’s & Monty’s home state. In 2005, the Travel Adventure Cinema Society awarded them the “Rising Star” honor, given to new artists in the travelogue field whose work is appreciated by Travel Adventure Film presenters and their audiences.
Monty and Marsha live in Louisiana and perform music regularly in schools, libraries and clubs. Their travel adventure films are being shown to enthusiastic audiences coast-to-coast with live narration.
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