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"ELLIOTT SHARP: DOING THE DON'T"

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ABOUT THE FILM

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.

Credit

DIRECTOR'S DATA

Nationality:
United States
Activities:
Documentary filmaker
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

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:

CINESTRAT, FESSTIVAL SPAIN

SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL USA

TV SCREENING WYBE USA

55 people voted

saarahuvia
2009-09-23 22:39:36

tperkins
2009-09-18 22:52:51

Five stars!

mlemaire
2009-09-18 00:50:40

Five stars!
Interesting presentation of a real 'music geek' that gets this art out of the usual channels and use it to explore states and emotions as no one else did it before. So, congratulations to the director that could bring out a perspective of this artist that is enticing and enjoyable.

Katie
2009-09-17 22:21:16

I saw this film at the SouthSide Film Festival in Bethlehem, PA in June, 2009, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bert Shapiro is a master of short films, and I always look forward to his next productions.

maufrich
2009-09-17 14:09:11

I LOVE IT! Amazing work and very cool subject!

stacula
2009-09-17 08:38:45

I enjoyed this film a lot.

redsaucefilms
2009-09-17 07:44:13

This documentary has made me curious as to hear more Elliott Sharp. Well done.

fmpress
2009-09-17 07:06:03

Wonderful documentary of a "downtown" New York musician.

Chaostopher
2009-09-17 02:57:28

I Love It!

fperissi
2009-09-17 00:27:41

It's an amazing documentary, done with passion and great intelligence. and Elliott Sharp is a fabulous musician.