Trimpin: The Sound of Invention Directed
USA / 2008 / 77minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II
German-born artist/composer Trimpin uses extraordinary mechanical and electrical inventions to create music that is both wild and truly unique. In this seamlessly edited documentary, Peter Esmonde explores Trimpin's life and work to uncover the roots of this eccentric MacArthur Fellow's genius. This lively film tracks the artist/inventor/composer's creative investigations as Trimpin builds a 60-foot tornado of automatic electric guitars; devises a 'perpetual motion' sculpture; and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet on a world premiere for toy and homemade instruments.
Like its quirky subject, "Trimpin: The Sound of Invention" engages and amuses, taking viewers on a kinetic, musical funhouse ride. The film's exploration of the challenges, pitfalls, and sheer joys of creative experiment will leave audiences in awe of its peculiar beauty.
Trained at Yale and the American Film Institute Conservatory, filmmaker Peter Esmonde spent far too long toiling in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. After stints at PBS and the Discovery Channel, 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 and media at NYU, the School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. "Trimpin: The Sound of Invention" is his first feature.
MAIN CREDITS: Cast/Featuring: Trimpin, the Kronos Quartet, Conlon Nancarrow, Kyle Gann, Charles Amirkhanian, Jacob McMurray, Cork Marcheschi
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