The Lou Harrison Documentary Project is likely the largest collection of
media documentation on a single composer and sets a new precedent in documenting
"living treasures," in terms of breadth and depth. Plans for the
media include a feature length documentary, a set of DVD's and presentations
of multi-media live performances.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2002, Lou Harrison's actually 85th birthday, eleven rough
cut vignettes (45 minutes) from A World of Music were presented along with
live performances of his music at Delancey Street Foundation's Screening Room,
in San Francisco. Lou Harrison was in attendance along with over one hundred
friends and colleagues. Lou Harrison was overjoyed with the presentation and
sent this letter of support.
We are currently trying to raise the necessary funds to complete the documentary
which we expect to air on PBS stations.
A World of Music: Lou Harrison (working title) is a feature-length documentary directed and produced by filmmaker and music producer, Eva Soltes. It is the culmination of nearly two decades of research and documentation and 200+ hours of performances, rehearsals, and formal and informal interviews with Lou Harrison, his late life partner, his contemporaries, and associates. Included in the program are interviews with Michael Tilson Thomas, Merce Cunningham, Dennis Russell Davies, and Mark Morris among others. In addition to interviews, over sixty years of archival images and live performance footage are used to provide a lyrical, yet comprehensive portrait of the man and his music and his times. Lou Harrison's hauntingly beautiful music will be interwoven throughout the documentary, illustrating his life with the stylistic changes in his work.