It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes, helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. In Filmworker, Leon’s candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon’s private collection. Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Leon add an important layer of detail and impact to the story. Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process. In experiencing Leon’s journey we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent, as timeless filmmaking is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.
Tony Zierra has always been fascinated by the power of storytelling and cinema. His first documentary, Carving Out Our Name, follows the lives of four actors hoping to find success in Hollywood. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to much acclaim. Next, Zierra went on the road to capture America’s reaction to the attacks of September 11th. The film that emerged, titled USA The Movie, explores the cyclical nature of violence and retaliation. Zierra's award-winning documentary, My Big Break, is a cautionary tale about the dark side of celebrity and the consequences of fame that also includes his struggle to make his first film. My Big Break won ‘Best Documentary’ at The Boston Film Festival, ‘Best Documentary’ at Artsfest, was nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and was an Official Selection of The American Cinematic Experience Festival in New York. Zierra’s most recent project Filmworker tells the story of Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man. Filmworker premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and was nominated for the L'Œil D'or.