My review & pictures of “Do Not Duplicate” at 2013 Palm Beach International Film Festival

On Sunday, April 7, 2013 I attended the East Coast Premiere of Do Not Duplicate at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in Palm Beach County, Florida. The screening was held at the Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille in Delray Beach.

A documentary about a locksmith? How can this be interesting, you ask? But writer/co-director/producer Jonathan Mann and co-director/cinematographer/editor Sean McGing's Do Not Duplicate isn't just a profile of a guy who makes keys. No, far from it.

Phil Mortillaro runs Greenwich Locksmiths in New York City's West Village, and has done so for decades. Everyone in the area knows him, from the time when this was a sleepy, low rent neighborhood until its transformation into a tony, high class, high rent section of the city's desirable Greenwich Village. His quaint little shop is the smallest free-standing building in Manhattan.

First he turned a wildly successful career as a locksmith into a top safecracking operation. The years leading up to that point make for an interesting tale right there. But that wasn't enough for this pillar of the community and easily-bored family man. Mortillaro had designs on being an artist, a painter with keys instead of brushes, creating works he believes will, one day, be good enough to hang in museums. We observe Phil's attempt to elevate himself in an effort to leave something behind other than bricks and mortar. Along the way we experience heartache and tragedy, triumph and joy, as Do Not Duplicate follows Mortillaro's journey over the course of several years to create his seminal works. This is a classic case of an ordinary man placed in an extraordinary situation...but no, an ordinary man transformed into an extraordinary man. And a film that's truly a pleasant surprise to watch.

Do Not Duplicate was co-produced by Mary Anne Rothberg and writer/co-director Jonathan Mann.

I gave Do Not Duplicate five stars and a place on my 2013 Palm Beach International Film Festival Top 4 Documentaries.

I brought co-producer Mary Anne Rothberg onstage to introduce the film. After the screening, Rothberg returned to the stage with Phil Mortillaro, Jr. for a fun and entertaining Q&A session. I was honored to be the moderator.

Here are some pictures I shot on the red carpet with Mary Anne Rothberg and Phil Mortillaro, Jr.:


RED CARPET GALLERY

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DO NOT DUPLICATE - Trailer from Provenance Productions on Vimeo.



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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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