DO NOT DUPLICATE
A documentary in production.
Produced by: Mary Anne Rothberg, Jonathan Mann and Sean McGing
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 freestanding 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.
For two years, Phil has labored in secrecy to transform the entire façade of his building into a celebration of his craft as a locksmith and an homage to the New York City of his childhood, what he terms his “one true love.”
A work of art that defies description, Phil’s creation is a masterpiece that will forever be a Greenwich Village attraction.