MISTER WONDERLAND

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.

ACCOLADES:

Grant winner 2017 – APQ Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema

IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (PDF): ENG / ITA

CREDITS:

Directed by Valerio Ciriaci

Written by Valerio Ciriaci and Luca Peretti

Produced by Isaak Liptzin

Producers: Darren Cole, Nora Jaenicke, Maurizio Bernardi, Cristina Bernardi

Executive Producer: Nicola Borrelli

Co-produced by: Awen Films, Nostos Film Productions, Infinity Blue

In collaboration with Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema

 

Cinematography: Isaak Liptzin, Valerio Ciriaci

Editing: Giacomo Lampariello

Original Score: Francesco Venturi

Animation: Avansguardi

WITH THE SUPPORT OF:

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