Circus Kid Directed
Lorenzo Pisoni USA / 2016 / 68:32 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Lorenzo Pisoni directs (and stars in) this documentary about the Pickle Family Circus, a family-run enterprise created in the early '70s that paved the way for the likes of Cirque de Soleil. Lorenzo's father was co-founder and a prominent member, and by age two Lorenzo joined him as a clown, protege and partner. He grew up living and breathing the lunacy, danger and spirit of homegrown circus life, and the film charms and entertains us with rare archival footage of the vaudevillian-style acts, including some poignant scenes with original Pickle member, Bill Irwin. However, witnessing serious family dysfunction and losing grasp of his childhood in the process, Lorenzo learns it's not all fun and games. "Circus Kid" goes deep behind the scenes, exposing both the excitement and aggravation, while delving into the complexities of the father-son relationship. No one could do a better job than Pisoni, whose talents as a performer captivate us with this tale of familial love, loss and redemption. -Woodstock Film Festival Staff
BIO: Lorenzo Pisoni began performing as a child in his parent's circus. After leaving The Pickle Family Circus, he worked in many circuses, including Cirque de Soleil, as a clown, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, and ringmaster.
In 1999, he began working as a stage actor in such productions as "Last Dance" at Manhattan Theatre Club with JoBeth Williams; "Henry IV" at Lincoln Center with Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke; "As You Like It" at The Public Theater; "Much Ado About Nothing" in Central Park with Jimmy Smits, Kristen Johnston and Sam Waterston, and "Equus" opposite Daniel Radcliffe. His screen career includes "The Adjustment Bureau", "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", and "The Good Wife". Pisoni has collaborated on projects with Alan Arkin, Elaine May, Matthew Broderick, David Arquette, and Bill Irwin, and created a solo show, "Humor Abuse", based on his life in the circus with a clown for a father.
Executive Producer(s): Daniel Radcliffe, Karen Lehner
Producer(s): Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Eden Wurmfeld, Sarah Dusseault, William Rexer II, Lorenzo Pisoni
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