Southern Circuit - Peter Esmonde

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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, and so on. 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. The film 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.

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