Director/Producer Vicki Vasilopoulos’ first documentary feature, MEN OF THE CLOTH, is a heartfelt portrait of three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system in the twilight of their career. The film had a sold-out world premiere in November 2013 at DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in America. The Arts Fuse of Boston called the film "a deeply moving narrative, a story that is filled with a deep lust for life.” The men’s lifestyle magazine A & H said: “A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, Men of the Cloth is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style …. Dynamic, emotional, and inspiring, it was truly an experience.”
MEN OF THE CLOTH was an Audience Favorite at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, and has screened at many film festivals, independent cinemas and art museums across North America and abroad, including the Village East Cinema and The Cinema Arts Centre in New York, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Passion River Films is distributing MEN OF THE CLOTH in the educational market, on streaming video platforms and on DVD.
In her prior career, Vicki was the Senior Fashion Editor at the men’s newsmagazine DNR (now a part of WWD). As a freelance journalist Vicki has contributed to People magazine, Fashion Wire Daily, The New York Times, Esquire, Time Out New York and New Jersey Monthly. Vicki served as a film series programmer for New York Women in Film and Television, and is a member of the International Documentary Association (IDA), the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
THE LITTLE DRESS is a culmination of my lifelong passions: my interest in the welfare of young women and girls in the Developing World, my fascination with handmade things, and the ancient craft of sewing (which remains relevant into the 21st Century). My first film, MEN OF THE CLOTH, is a heartfelt portrait of three Italian master tailors -- unsung heroes with skills that have been honed over the course of a lifetime. I’m inspired by stories that teach us something new about the creative spirit, by ordinary people who strive to manifest their dreams, to express their soul’s code, and to make the world a more beautiful place.
Editor Stacey Foster edited the feature documentary BURT'S BUZZ with director Jody Shapiro, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a portrait of the dichotomous life of Burt Shavitz— an elusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities, Burt’s Bees.
Some of Stacey's other documentary credits include ANIMALS DISTRACT ME, a film by Isabella Rossellini, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, a half-hour special for VH1 about Pearl Jam's iconic album Ten, and the foreign language short documentary LIFE FOR A CHILD, directed by Academy Award nominated DP Ed Lachman, which tells the story of three children struggling to survive with juvenile diabetes in Nepal, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Over the years she has also worked with Rossellini on her award winning short films, SEDUCE ME and GREEN PORNO, which played at the Tribeca, Toronto, and Berlin Film Festivals.
She co-produced Laura Israel's award winning documentary WINDFALL, which tells the story of the inhabitants of a small, rural town in upstate New York and their struggle whether or not to allow industrial wind turbine development amidst their homes. WINDFALL premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC. Stacey is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and is currently co-directing and editing a documentary about Brooklyn artist Mac Premo and his buzzed about Dumpster Project.
Director of Photography Ryan Ferguson has spent the past 8 years, in collaboration with New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed, directing and shooting the feature documentary SKATE OR DIE, a documentary feature which follows kids in Chicago who have found an escape in skateboarding from gangs and violence. The film’s executive producer is Jason Osder (LET THE FIRE BURN). He has directed and shot two documentaries with standup comic Hannibal Buress. The first, A WEEK TO KILL, was sold to Comedy Central in 2012 while the second, HANNIBAL TAKES EDINBURGH, is set to be released on Netflix in April 2016 and is a co-production with Judd Apatow.
Associate Producer Maria Pusateri is an award-winning producer/director and talented actress who has worked in various capacities in TV and film production. Highlights include her acclaimed documentary, VITO AFTER, which tells the inspirational story of her brother-in-law, a 9/11 responder and NYPD detective who refocuses his life in the aftermath of his 9/11 rescue and recovery experiences. Maria was the associate producer for the Academy Award-nominated documentary short, MONDAYS AT RACINE, from Oscar-winning director Cynthia Wade and HBO. She has worked on the sets of several short and feature films, and also was an associate producer for a cable TV channel in New York City. As an actress, Maria has performed in independent films and theater productions, as well as an upcoming web series. Pusateri is a member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), where she has produced documentary panel events and programmed women’s film screenings.
Graphic Designer Yolanda V. Fundora is a Cuban-American artist born in Havana and raised in New York City. Her artwork is part of many private and corporate collections including the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico in San Juan where she had her second, one-woman show entitled “Toward a Digital Aesthetic: the Art of Yolanda Fundora.” In addition to her fine art, Yolanda also illustrates and designs children’s books. She is also known in the quilting community as a designer of quilting fabrics and patterns and is a member of the Garden State Quilters Guild. See her fine art at www.TowardADigitalAesthetic.com. Her quilterly website is www.urbanamishfabrics.com.