LIFE ON JUPITER: The
Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician is a superb documentary
that has won a New York Emmy and the highly respected Chris Award, as
well as a nomination for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement” by the
Directors Guild of America.
Awards won include:
- 2002 Emmy Award for Programming about
- Best Documentary Film Award
at the 22nd Annual Breckenridge
Festival of Film.
- Directors Guild of
- Hot Springs Documentary
Film Festival Opening Night
- Chris Statuette Award
the Columbus International
Film & Video Festival.
International Film Festival Best Picture, Best Sound/Music,
and Lisa Palattella, Editor,
won the Karl Malden Award for
excellence, ingenuity, and dedication to the project.
- Best Musical Film Award
- Tiburon International Film Festival
- The BAC 36th International
Film and Video Festival screening
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
- The International Film Festival of Fine Arts
screening in Szolnok, Hungary
- Empire State Film Festival
& Rhode Island International
Film Festival & Sedona
International Film Festival screenings.
Martin Spinelli began this
project in January 2000 as a labor of love after attending a concert
of the Jupiter Symphony.
Juxtaposing a powerful biography with great music, the documentary has
earned positive critical responses from publications as disparate as
TV Guide and Video Librarian, while generating an enthusiastic
following among music lovers and general audiences alike. Ruth Laredo, Joel Krosnick
(Juilliard String Quartet), and William Wolfram are among the soloists
that appear in this inspirational film. Life on Jupiter takes us on a musical and very
personal journey, enhanced by selections from critically acclaimed
This superb documentary on Jens
Nygaard won the highly respected Chris Award capturing all
seven rating points. Following its premiere broadcast on July 1,
2001 by WNET (Channel 13), it has been screened at film festivals,
among them, Breckenridge (“Best Film of the Festival in
Documentaries”), Thunderbird (4 awards, including Best Film and Best
Music), Tiburon (named “Best Musical Film” it beat out Eroica,
the film on the chamber group, The Eroica Trio), and Park City, Utah. It has also been screened at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, broadcast on public TV by WHYY in Philadelphia, and
rebroadcast by WNET in July 2002 and by WNYE in July 2004. The documentary
is now being shown on other public stations in the U.S. and internationally.
Produced by Martin Spinelli and edited by Lisa Palattella,
Life on Jupiter was given top rating by Video Librarian: “An inspiring portrait of an inspired artist, Life on Jupiter
is highly recommended.” If you wish to purchase your own copy to
remember Jens by, or
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