In production / Italy, USA

“Mister Wonderland” recounts the remarkable story of Sylvester Z. Poli, a humble artisan who emigrated from Italy to America at the end of the 19th century — only to become the greatest theater impresario of his time. The film chronicles his journey from rural Tuscany to the bright lights of the Roaring Twenties, revealing how a migrant’s ingenuity shaped the movie-going experience as we know it. Crossing continents and generations, “Mister Wonderland” sets out to find what remains today of Sylvester’s theaters and the communities they used to serve.

Director: Valerio Ciriaci

Producers: Isaak Liptzin, Valerio Ciriaci

Writer/Associate Producer: Luca Peretti

Cinematography: Isaak Liptzin

Editor: Giacomo Lampariello

Original Score: Francesco Venturi

Sound Design: Luigi Porto

Animation: Avansguardi

Fiscal Sponsor: Independent Filmmaker Project

In collaboration with Lucca Film Festival


Italian Cultural Institute, New York

Calandra Italian-American Institute (Queens College)

Fondazione Sistema Toscana

Provincia di Lucca

Comune di Coreglia Antelminelli

Fondazione Paolo Cresci

Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo