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Date: January 26, 2010			      
Contact: Martin McCaffery, Director, Capri Theatre
Phone: 334.262.4858

"Trimpin: The Sound of Invention" Chronicles the Life and Art of a 
Creative Genius

The Capri Theatre in Montgomery presents "Trimpin: The Sound of 
Invention" with Producer/Director Peter Esmonde as part of the 
Southern Arts Federation's Southern Circuit Tour of Independent 
Filmmakers on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 7:30pm. Following a 
screening of his documentary, "Trimpin," Esmonde will engage the 
audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.

This documentary explores the outrageous work and agile mind of a 
wildly creative artist/inventor/composer/engineer. Recipient of a 
MacArthur Genius Award and many other accolades, Trimpin, who uses 
only his last name, combines music-making machines and kinetic 
sculpture with homegrown computer technology. Working six days a 
week, 12 hours per day, he has no use for galleries and agents, and 
has neither web site nor cell phone - in fact, Trimpin agreed to be 
the subject of this feature only reluctantly. Filmmaker Peter Esmonde 
set out to document the processes of a highly creative person working 
in many fields, with a motley assortment of media and collaborators, 
across a variety of situations. His film deliberately highlights 
Trimpin's moments of discovery, relentless problem solving, and 
eccentric decision making. What results is an amusing, kinetic 
exploration of a creative genius in perpetual motion.

Trained at Yale University and the American Film Institute 
Conservatory, filmmaker Peter Esmonde spent more than a decade 
working in New York and Los Angeles at various tasks in the film 
industry: writer, researcher, story analyst, assistant editor, sound 
editor, associate producer, etc. After toiling as a producer at 
Discovery Channel in the mid-1990s, Esmonde was targeted by executive 
headhunters and spent some years foraging in the corporate jungles of 
North America. He finally emerged in 2005 as a producer and director 
of documentary films. Esmonde has also taught film, media, and 
information design at various American universities. "Trimpin: The 
Sound of Invention" is his first documentary feature.

"Trimpin: The Sound of Invention" has screened at a number of 
prestigious film festivals. In the United States, the film has shown 
at South by Southwest, Silverdocs, the Seattle International Film 
Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Nashville Film 
Festival, San Francisco DocFest, and the Newport International Film 
Festival. "Trimpin" has also screened in London, Barcelona, Gijon, 
Sao Paolo, and other cities around the world.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of 
the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts 
organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the 
South since 1975.  Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding 
and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts 
and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, 
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and 
Tennessee. Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on 
the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is presented in 
Montgomery by the Capri Community Film Society, a non-profit 
organization. ( Support is provided in part 
through a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. 
Accomadations for the filmmakers are provided by the Lattice Inn.

Southern Arts Federation:

Capri Theatre:

Trimpin' website:



Martin McCaffery  
Capri Theatre
1045 E Fairview Ave
Montgomery, AL 36106

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