my Indiana Muse
For more than twenty years, artist Robert Townsend has given new life to the Americana landscapes. From matchbooks and candy wrappers, to buildings and characters, he returns the viewer to another place and time. And now, he has discovered a new muse: Helen. When each image can take an entire month to paint, what could be so powerful about this one woman that inspires Robert to spend the next ten years of his life devoted to painting just her?
The art is given new life as Robert dives deeper into Helen’s… visiting places she’s been and meeting people from her life. We discover why he and now we identify with and become charmed by this woman. Helen is our aunt, our neighbor, the woman at the grocery store, and we reveal that the precious lives that we each lead should be cherished as Robert does, with this woman he’s only beginning to know.
From finding the first slide to gallery exhibitions, we explore the painter’s process and the impact of this one woman in so many lives.
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival **AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY**
Beverly Hills Film Festival: **JURY AWARD WINNER: BEST SHORT**
Florida Film Festival: **AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY**
NYC Independent Film Festival: **AWARD WINNER: BEST SHORT SHORT DOCUMENTARY**
Prescott Film Festival: **AUDIENCE CHOICE & JURY AWARD WINNER: BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY**
Washington West Film Festival Opening Night Film
Savannah Film Festival: **SHORTS SHOWCASE - BEST IN SHOW**
Coronado Island Film Festival: **AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY**
UPCOMING FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
Destiny City Film Festival: 2/24, 2PM CLOSING NIGHT FILM
MY INDIANA MUSE
Directed/Produced/Edited by Ric Serena
Produced/Directed/Still Photography by Jen Serena
Original Score by Paul Bessenbacher & Matt Bowen
Production and Post Sound by Durand Trench
Colorist Robert Curreri
Made with Assistance by Moving Parts, Inc.
LATEST NEWS & PRESS:
6/18: My Indiana Muse wins Ju Award AND Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Prescott Film Festival
5/20: BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD from NYC Indie Film Festival
4/16: : coverage in Orlando Sentinel for Audience Award at Florida Film Festival
4/11: coverage in Orlando Sentinel for INDIE WOMEN panel at Florida Film Festival
4/10: JURY AWARD for Best Short from Beverly Hills Film Festival
3/29: Cover article in LA Weekly
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3/18: My Indiana Muse wins Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival