A forgotten hero living a shadow of an existence has a chance encounter with a stray dog. The dog follows him home, and a reluctant relationship develops as the man gradually begins to accept the companionship he fears but so desperately needs. Inspired by a new ray of hope, he digs out his old painting supplies and begins to paint a portrait of his new friend. As weeks pass and the painting nears completion, a sense of meaning and purpose return to his life, but the ultimate price of his newfound hope may be more than he can afford to pay.
Painting Pilfinger is an experimental narrative with no discernible dialogue throughout the film. The film resonates purely on the story illustrated through poignant cinematography and an original score composed and performed by Martin Faber, winner of the Best Original Score Award at the 2015 Made-in-Michigan Film Festival.
"Dialogue is a quick and easy way to provide information to the audience as well as command attention," says writer/director Bradley Silvius. "I wanted to make a film that captivates the audience without any discernible dialogue. If I can do that, then I've accomplished something worthwhile cinematographically."
Painting Pilfinger is based on a short story of the same name by Bradley Silvius. The short story was a quarter finalist in the 2001 New Century Writer Awards.