Tony Vitale

Director, Screenwriter, Location manager
Bronx-born Tony Vitale worked his way up from location intern to location manager on films by directors Irwin Winkler, Robert De Niro, Nick Gomez and Paul Mazursky before making his writing and directing debut with ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Production Management (5)

Sex and the Other Man 1997 (Movie)

(Location Manager)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

(Location Coordinator)

New Jersey Drive 1995 (Movie)

(Location Manager)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

(Location Assistant)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

(Location Assistant)
Director (4)

Very Mean Men 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Jungle Juice 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

One Last Ride 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Me Guido 1997 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Very Mean Men 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Independent's Day 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Producer (2)

The Man From Elysian Fields 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Some of My Best Friends 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (2)

Jungle Juice 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss Me Guido 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Star Search 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Costume Supervisor

Biography

Bronx-born Tony Vitale worked his way up from location intern to location manager on films by directors Irwin Winkler, Robert De Niro, Nick Gomez and Paul Mazursky before making his writing and directing debut with "Kiss Me Guido" (1997), a film that brings together gay and "guido" cultures in an attempt to break down the walls existing between the disparate groups, ". .. to reduce people to human beings instead of labels." Vitale did it first as a one-act play at the Village Gate in 1991, wrote the second act in 1993, turned it into a screenplay in 1994 and went about acquiring financing. "Kiss Me Guido," lensed for less than $1 million, rewarded its producers Ira Deutchman and Christine Vachon when it sold to Paramount Pictures for a reported $2 million. After working on "A Bronx Tale" (1993) for a year, De Niro reportedly called him into his trailer and said, "Tony, would you mind taking a crew up to the Bronx and taking the opening shot of the film." Vitale's first 37 seconds as a filmmaker were the opening shots of "A Bronx Tale."

Milestones

2001

Was supervising producer, series creator and writer of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Some of My Best Friends", adapted from "Kiss Me Guido"

1997

Feature screenwriting and directing debut with "Kiss Me Guido"

1991

Began his motion-picture career as an intern, scouting locations for independent films

1991

Staged a one-act play at the Village Gate that was the genesis of "Kiss Me Guido"

Worked as a location manager for directors like Paul Mazursky, Irwin Winkler, Hal Hartley, and Nick Gomez

After working on "A Bronx Tale" for a year, director Robert De Niro had Vitale shoot the opening for the film (first 37 seconds); film released in 1993

Bonus Trivia

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On criticism that his "Kiss Me Guido" characters are stereotypes: "... I call myself an equal opprtunity offender. I hold no bars [when] saying something that might be a little crude about either group. The humor that people respond to in the film is very real humor. [The audience] can totally see these characters saying the things they say. But because we live in this politically correct world, we don't get to see these kinds of characters on television or in movies.

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