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.

press kit found here




San Luis Obispo International Film Festival:   THURSDAY, March 15, 4:30PM    |    FRIDAY, March 16,  1:15PM    | SATURDAY, March 17, 10:30AM

Phoenix Film Festival

American Documentary Film Festival


Florida Film Festival



Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 

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I think she’s teaching a lesson - to me -
about celebrating life.
— RObert Townsend
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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.