January 27, 2010


The Arts Council of Central Louisiana 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 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 7 p.m.

This documentary explores the outrageous work and agile mind of Trimpin, a wildly creative artist/inventor/composer/engineer who uses only his last name. Recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award and many other accolades, Trimpin 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 film 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.

“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, now in its 24th year, brings six independently produced films to host cities over the course of eight months, along with the films’ directors and producers, who participate in a question and answer session with the audience after the screening of each film.

A trailer for Trimpin: The Sound of Invention is available on the Arts Council of Central Louisiana’s website at www.louisiana-arts.org, along with trailers for each of the films featured in the Southern Circuit.

Tickets for the screening are $5 and may be purchased at the box office on the day of the screening, or in advance by calling the Arts Council of Central Louisiana at (318) 443-4718. Those with Silver Ticket Passes may attend a private VIP reception with the filmmaker before the show. The filmmaker will conduct a Q & A session after the film.

By: Arts Council of Central Louisiana