In 1973, actor Leon Vitali was cast in Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON. Being on set and observing Kubrick’s genius at work changed Vitali. He would eventually give up his successful acting career and dedicate his life to working behind the scenes on Kubrick’s remaining films, becoming the director’s right-hand man and a jack of all trades in assisting with the challenging productions — or, in Vitali’s words, a “filmworker.” Tony Zierra’s resulting documentary about Vitali’s relationship with Kubrick is many things at once: a cinephile’s feast of insight into one of the greatest American directors of all time, a tale of friendship and grueling hard work between two unconventional artists and, above all, a deeply moving portrait of one man’s total dedication and sacrifice to a higher art. – Beth Hanna
Tony Zierra's documentary debut CARVING OUT OUR NAME premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. His semi-autobiographical documentary MY BIG BREAK was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the 2009 Boston Film Festival. FILMWORKER premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Eye documentary film award.
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