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Member Profile: Claudia Vianello

Claudia Vianello's new film, Labor Day, is opening at the Quad Cinema on October 30th. The film, which Claudia made with Academy Award-nominated director, Glenn Silber, tells the dramatic and largely unknown story of how one union's commitment to change turned Election Day into Labor Day. Labor Day unfolds amidst a tapestry of American politics, journalism, and entertainment. Appearances include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Sarah Palin; interviews with prominent journalists, and entertainment figures Mos Def, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, and hip hop phenoms Atmosphere and The Pharcyde. For information about the film, go to http://www.labordaythemovie.com

Claudia has more than 30 years of producing, consulting and creative development experience across the complete spectrum of production, from documentaries, industrials and corporate media, to independent features. She is currently a partner with Glenn Silber of Catalyst Media Productions, a media production and consulting firm, since 2007.

A graduate of the Center for Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, Ms. Vianello was a story analyst for IPC (Jane Fonda) Films, Marble Arch Productions, Kings Road, Embassy Pictures, and the Phil Gersh Agency in Los Angeles before she went into production.  During the ‘80's she worked on "Movies of the Week" for Viacom Productions and Aaron Spelling Productions. She also began working on documentaries, including The Seeds of Liberty and El Salvador: Another Vietnam as Assistant Producer and Writer.

In 1982 she was Co-Producer of Atomic Artist, a 30 minute documentary about sculptor Tony Price and his Atomic Art for the Arts and Entertainment Channel.  "Atomic Artist" won a Bronze Award and First Place award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Peter Stuyvesant Humanitarian Award at the Melbourne, Australia International Film Festival in 1983. In 1985 she co-produced and directed Troupers, an independent feature documentary about the San Francisco Mime Troupe that won a Bronze Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

As a communications consultant, Ms. Vianello has produced over 35 corporate and organizational videos, including 4 Telly awards and 4 awards from the International Television and Video Association and managed an award-winning team of designers, writers, video directors, and production people.  She partnered with clients in marketing, public affairs, and communications to design and implement multi-media campaigns to support strategic initiatives. "One Prudential Exchange" was a series of corporate videos and promos designed to educate employees regarding new organizational strategies and initiatives that was distributed to 60,000 employees.  The series won both Silver and Bronze Telly Awards.

In 1998 she developed and co-produced an independent dramatic feature called Row Your Boat starring Jon Bon Jovi, Bai Ling, and Jill Hennessy that was the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Stoneybrook Film Festival.    

Since 2004 she has concentrated on communications consulting and documentary production. In 2007 she co-produced Leave No Soldier, a feature documentary about how two generations of Vietnam and Iraq war veterans transform the trauma of war into social action.

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts