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Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 93 minutes
FILMWORKER comes from a term Leon Vitali used as his job title on a legal form. Yes, he literally had to invent a word because there wasn’t one for it. You may recognize him as Lord Bullingdon from Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.” Soon after that acclaimed performance, he disappeared from the big screen. So enthralled by the genius of Kubrick, he gave up acting to work as his right-hand man. The unexpected move shocked his peers, but Vitali was content behind the scenes. He learned how to do every task in the industry. To call him a jack-of-all-trades would be putting it mildly. Though his contributions were done without much notice, he was more of a collaborator than an assistant. Filmmaker Tony Zierra spotlights the unknown legend in this insightful documentary, which also offers a fascinating look into Kubrick’s methods and eccentric personality. Fans of the famous director will certainly enjoy the juicy details. But the film’s biggest revelation is just how incredibly crucial Vitali was to Kubrick’s success. —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:35 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
From a young age, Tony Zierra was determined to make films no matter the obstacles. When time and money permitted, he attended film studies classes at NYU, Texas A&M, and UCLA. His films have received critical acclaim and numerous awards.
Invisible Temptation (1996), Carving Out Our Name (2001), America Off Line (2003), My Big Break (2009), FILMWORKER (2017)