Elisa Da Prato is a New York based, Italian-American filmmaker whose work moves fluidly between documentary and experimental film, multidisciplinary happenings, and cooking people dinner. Her films explore music, science, various examinations of consciousness, gesture, anatomy as well as newly envisioned mythologies. Her highly regarded work as a documentary film editor focuses on films with an emphasis on dance, culture and the arts.
Among current projects, Elisa is currently directing an experimental narrative working upon the music of renowned guitar player Sir Richard Bishop and an ongoing documentary project following the work of philosopher Dan Lloyd: Music of the Hemispheres. MotH was selected for the IFP Spotlight on Documentaries program in its early stages in 2012 and is slated for completion in late 2017. MotH has also featured a live venue component, in which original musical compositions paired with cognitive science experiments have been presented at two sold-out events at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. In addition to these projects Da Prato has screened experimental works at various galleries, festivals, and live shows in and around New York City as well as throughout Europe.
Her supper club series, “Da Prato Test Kitchen” takes place once a month from her apartment in Brooklyn. The dinners test various recipes, present odd and beautiful ingredients and bring together an interesting calico of people to celebrate food, conviviality, and merriment. In the fall of 2016, the dinners will begin integrating new elements of sonic courses, sound baths, various ritual elements, and thematic ingredients. All toward a celebration of sensory eating, joyful perception, and engagement with fellow humans.
Da Prato entered the film world in assisting Academy Award winning documentarian Murray Lerner and has subsequently edited several documentary films. The first, Keep Dancing, directed by Greg Vander Veer, was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s 2010 Distinguished Documentary Award. The following feature, Miss Hill, screened in festivals worldwide and was released theatrically in 2015 by First Run Features. In 2015 she edited a nine part web series on the making of George Takei’s broadway musical, Allegiance. Working with directors Greg Vander Veer and Peter Buntaine she has recently completed the feature documentary Church Forest, which examines the life and lives of the forests surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox Churches.