“An Independent Portrait”: Pittsburgh Filmmakers at IUP Film Series

Posted on 8/19/2009 1:50:45 PM

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 6:00 p.m. McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall

Local filmmaker José Muniain produced this exceptional documentary, which has screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival (where it won the Audience Choice award) and the Latino International Film Festival in Los Angeles. It begins as film director Robert Young sits for his first formal portrait with Spanish painter Félix de la Concha in a studio in  Pittsburgh's Hill District.

As we watch de la Concha at work, Young discusses his career filming subjects ranging from nomadic Eskimo tribes to Sicilian slum-dwellers. In the process, the two artists discuss their calling. What drives them to do independent work? How do creative people find their subjects? How are they supported, thwarted, and inspired by what goes on around them?

Muniain is scheduled to appear.

(José Muniain; USA; 2006; 55 min)