Institutional version: includes closed captioning, Universal Studios’ sound mix,
with stereo and 5:1 surround options
A FILM BY EVA SOLTES
“Lou Harrison: A World of Music” is an intimate portrait of a great composer who followed his own dreams for over seven decades. Trading a fast-paced New York career for a remote cabin in the woods, Harrison embraced artistic playfulness over the business of composing. Experimenting freely with western, eastern and custom made instruments Harrison forged a new course for 20th century music.
“Lou Harrison: A World of Music” is a feature length documentary about the great American composer, artist, writer, activist, Lou Harrison (1917 – 2003). “Lou Harrison: A World of Music” is intended for worldwide distribution. It is directed and produced by filmmaker and music producer, Eva Soltes. This documentary is the culmination of two decades of documentation and research resulting in 300+ hours of performances, rehearsals, and interviews that were made with Lou Harrison, his life partner William Colvig, and Harrison’s contemporaries and associates. Lou Harrison’s hauntingly beautiful music is interwoven throughout the documentary, illustrating his life with the stylistic changes in his work. Over sixty years of archival imagery helps to paint a comprehensive, yet lyrical portrait of the man, his times and his legacy.
The Lou Harrison Documentary Project is likely the largest collection of media documentation on a single composer and sets a new precedent in documenting contemporary “treasured” artists in terms of breadth and depth. Along with the feature documentary, plans for the media include a set of DVD’s and presentations of multi-media live performances.