Robert Townsend Documentary Film Festival Debut


Robert Townsend's "Helen" series makes an international debut as the focus of the upcoming documentary My Indiana Muse, by Serena Creative.


The highly anticipated film will debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in CA January 31, 2018, and is the official selection for several other major festivals including the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (MT), and San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (CA).


The film documents Robert Townsend's journey from discovering the first Helen slide to how she became the artists' creative muse for years to come. The film is directed and produced by Serena Creative out of Los Angeles, CA.


Watch the trailer.




Santa Barbara International Film Festival:  THURSDAY, February 1, 7:00PM  |  FRIDAY, February 2, 1:00PM  |  SATURDAY, February 3, 4:00PM


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:  SATURDAY, February 17, 1:00PM   | SUNDAY, February 18, 9:15PM


(More festivals announced soon)



My Indiana Muse  | a documentary film by Ric Serena, photography by Jen Serena

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.    - Serena Creative




January 24, 2018