VANITÀ is the third installment in our Poetry of Penance project, which uses magical realism to explore themes related to resilience and self-acceptance. VANITÀ was partly inspired by the historical tradition of Vanitas painting. The film explores topics related to obsessive compulsive behavior, notions of self-image, and destructive behaviors relating to vanity.
The first film in the project, ONERE premiered at the Duluth-Superior Film Festival (USA) and won awards at the Altered Aesthetics Film Festival (USA), Flyway Film Festival (USA), FEDAXV (Chile), Pi Greco Zen Film Festival (Italy) and the Solaris Film Festival (France).
The second film in the project, PESCARE, premiered last September in Art of The Slow: Contemporary Contemplative Cinema (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). Production of the 9-minute film took place in January as part of my residency at Villa Pieve in Corciano, Italy.
Kevin Pontuti is an artist and educator based in the USA. He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1993 then moved to California where he founded the Los Angeles-based production company Studio P Inc. His image-making expertise and collaborative spirit attracted many top artists and designers to his studio. In 2009, Pontuti accepted a professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he served as program director for Stout’s digital media program. While in Wisconsin, Pontuti founded his film production company—Penitent Productions—and directed three award-winning short films. In 2017, he returned to California to lead University of the Pacific's MEDIA X program. His teaching and creative practice include cinematic arts and transmedia studies.