This film explores how a seventeen-year-old developed from a National Science Foundation award-winning "science geek" to an internationally acclaimed musician and composer.
Filmed In Italy at the Venice Biennale of 2007, Elliott Sharp conducts the premiere performance of his specially commissioned opera "Em/Pyre".
In Beijing, he performs and improvises at a rock music club with Chinese classical musicians.
In New York, he conducts Orchestra Carbon performing "Quarks Swim Free", inspired by the moment just after the Big Bang.
An acclaimed guitar soloist, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist, watch Sharp in recording studios as he directs both the renowned Sirius String Quartet and his acclaimed blues band "Terraplane".
Hear artists and writers speak about this remarkable musician and his influences.
London-born Bert Shapiro has been making documentary videos for more than a decade. After a career in book publishing he began filmaking. His focus is to explore the talents of artists and also people whose skills might vanish in the 21st century. Usually unnoticed by the popular culture, these ‘ordinary people’ express extraordinary passions and with delightful good humor. The films reveal the faces and hands of these hidden communities. "Elliott Sharp-Doing the don't" is his 11th film. he is presently working on a doc about 8 artists in Manhattan...release date November 2009
Screening / Award history:
PREMIERE SCREENING NEW YORK CITY
CINESTRAT, FESSTIVAL SPAIN
SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL USA
TV SCREENING WYBE USA