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Men of the Cloth

Sat. Jan. 4, 2014 at 3:30pm
Special Screening

Janet Leigh Theatre

Documentary Film
96 min | USA, Italy | 2013
Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos
Language: English and Italian with English subtitles

Men of the Cloth
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In Person: Director Vicki Vasilopoulos

Following its World Premiere at the largest documentary film festival in America, DOC NYC, this fascinating documentary film comes to Stockton for a very special screening, with the director/producer in person.

Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors (Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti) who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion and gives us a window into the past, present and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are in the Italian Renaissance but whose branches extend from small towns in the Apennine Mountains of Italy and the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, all the way to New York's Madison Avenue and the suburbs of Philadelphia.By following the elaborate process of constructing one suit — from a bolt of cloth to a finished garment — Men of the Cloth unravels the mystery of the tailor's artistry. Filmed over the course of eleven years, this documentary is a meditation on the value of handmade clothing.

Official Trailer

Director Vicki Vasilopoulos

Vicki Vasilopoulos

Director/Producer Vicki Vasilopoulos was introduced to the world of master tailors through her many trips to Italy as a men’s fashion editor for DNR (now a part of Women’s Wear Daily), the fashion newsmagazine where she styled and produced photo layouts, reviewed designer runway shows and wrote fashion feature stories. Vicki was also a contributor to Fashion Wire Daily (an international newswire service) and has had features published in The New York Times, Esquire, Time Out NY and New Jersey Monthly. Vicki has served as a film series programmer for New York Women in Film and Television. She is also a member of the Independent Filmmaker Project and ASJA (the American Society of Journalists and Authors). Vicki is a native of Greece and spent her formative years in New York City. She graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Journalism and has studied at the Paris Fashion Institute and FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology).

Men of the Cloth is her first film and had its world premiere in November at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the U.S.


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Cast & Crew

Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos
Producer:Vicki Vasilopoulos
Cinematographers: David Gaynes, Andrew David Watson, & Christian Jacks
Editor: Sandrine Isambert
Music: Chris Hajian
Subjects: Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, Joe Centofanti

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Screening Sponsors

San Joaquin Delta College Fashion Program

Presented with the financial support of San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC) and SJDC Fashion Program

Special Thanks: Leslie Asfour


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