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Duke Ellington Estate Executor: Paul Ellington.
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Paul Ellington is the Executor of the Lene, Mercer & Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington Estates. He is also a writer/director from Denmark. He spent two years at Manhattan School of Music before touring with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, as its musical director, since 1996. He then decided to go to film school, first for film production and a year later for screenwriting.
During his childhood Paul was around music all the time and when he wasn’t, he was in front of a TV with his mother and father. This inspired his interest in film, leading him to produce David Conley’s stylish City Of Gloom while at VFS. Paul also fought to DOP a final project shot on sexy super-16 film; that show was Sarubia Club. After VFS ended the first time, Paul took every DOP job available, pay or no pay. Paul DOP’d the 35mm short film Dream Gamblers and the feature high definition project Finder Of Lost Children, which was listed on the BC Film Commission’s website.
Paul’s influences are Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, and Stanley Kubrick. He loves high concept films and character studies.
Paul has written and will direct the independent biopic A Duke Named Ellington. This is the story about how Duke Ellington became prominent again through his relationship with noted composer Billy Strayhorn, while trying to be a father to his son.
Paul has also written the one-hour drama, Love You Madly, in which Duke Ellington gains notoriety during the 20’s and 30’s in New York City.
Paul Mercer Ellington
Executor Of The Lene, Mercer & Edward "Duke" Ellington Estates
Songwriter/Musical Director/Band Leader
The World Famous Duke Ellington Orchestra
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Columbia University Provost Jonathan R. Cole (right) presents Lene Ellington and Paul Ellington with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.