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Film on Pittsburgh Artist Virgil Cantini features score by Music Department Alum Philip Thompson

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD, 2002) created the score and produced the music for Will Zavala's short documentary Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public. The film is one of four documentaries commissioned by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and funded by the Heinz Endowments. Each brief documentary celebrates a past PCA Artist of the Year and will be shown continuously in the Center's video room during their opening to introduce current Artist of the Year, Tim Kaulen. The opening takes place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Friday, September 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5 and PCA members get in free. Will Zavala is a freelance media producer and an Assistant professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He specializes in documentaries and has credits on productions for ITVS, PBS, MTV, and HBO. His films and videos have screened in festivals internationally and on public television. Virgil Cantini founded Pitt’s Department of Studio Arts and created many pieces of public art including the sculptures on Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health (Man), in front of Pitt’s School of Law (Ode to Space), in Penn Circle behind East Liberty Presbyterian (Joy of Life), and many more. Cantini passed away in May of 2009.

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