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The Artist - A Documentary

Filmed in the thriving art community in Dayton, Ohio, The Artist - A Documentary explores the life of an artist through conversations with people passionate about what it means to be an artist, the challenges they face in this digital age and the importance of the support of the art community.

Some would say that the general public perceives art as a frivolous hobby that should be free to the world to have, hold and possess but why?
How did we get here?
What is it like being an artist?
The Artist - A Documentary llc will attempt to answer these and many other questions.

  • Peter Tompkins
  • Peter Tompkins
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  • Peter Tompkins
  • Rusty Harden
  • Logan Rogers
    Key Cast
    "Illustrator / Fine Artist"
  • Rusty Harden
    Key Cast
    "Painter/Fine Artist"
  • Rodney Veal
    Key Cast
  • Eric McGuinn
  • Peter Tompkins
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 15, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Premiere Front Street Dayton Ohio
    United States
    May 15, 2021
    Front Street Art Galleries
    Best Documentary Feature
Director Biography - Peter Tompkins

Peter Tompkins attended Ohio University where he studied Graphic Design, Public Speaking and Business Management.

Upon getting his Bachelors in Fine Art and Business Management he spent a short time working in Corporate America as a Telecommunications Support Technician and Call Center Representative. In late 2006, he decided to quit the rat race start his own business. Skating Bear Studios was born. There he integrated his eye for composition, design and photography to create stunning visual compositions.

Peter is also a singer/songwriter and author of over one hundred and fifty original compositions. As an avid Beatles fan he was inspired to learn to play guitar and write songs. He got his first guitar at the age of fifteen and has been performing as a solo acoustic performer in front of audiences since his early 20's.

His writings incorporate his love for the rock group The Bealtes, his time working in a call center and his upbringing in northeast Ohio.

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Director Statement

My first film, The Artist - A Documentary, takes an authentic look into an artists life.

By blending my passions for both written and visual story-telling, I will embrace subjects lingering in the shadows and bring them into the light. Each project I take on will discuss fringe societal topics.
giving them a progressive spin.