Do Not Duplicate
“Along the way we experience heartache and tragedy, triumph and joy… A film that’s truly a pleasant surprise to watch.”
“Do Not Duplicate models what a profile piece can do in a compelling half hour.”
“The filming was so well done… the sensation that you are just ‘hanging out’ with a friend is pervasive throughout the entire film.”
Locksmith, key-maker and safecracker Phil Mortillaro is a decades-long fixture in New York’s West Village. His shop, a tiny triangle on lower 7th Avenue, is the smallest free-standing building in all of Manhattan.
Phil is also a self-taught artist. Do Not Duplicate is a short documentary that chronicles his art, focusing on one specific installation – what he considers his crowning achievement.
Eager to leave a lasting legacy so he won’t be forgotten, Phil labors to transform the entire façade of his building into a celebration of his craft and an homage to the New York City of his childhood, what he calls his “one true love.” A work of art that defies description, Phil’s creation is a masterpiece that captures the creativity and energy of an evolving Greenwich Village.
Running Time: 31 minutes