About Me

A California native now based in Central Florida, Vizzusi, produces, writes & directs "Behind the Indie Camera" a Documentary Television Series and TV Talk Show currently running on Public Television. The award winning series explores the Indigenous Independent Filmmaker in the State of Florida and currently airs on The VISION Network in Central Florida to a daily audience of a half a million.

He is the Filmmaker behind the Feature Documentary "From the Field's to Your Table" which investigates the Citrus Industry and the Migrant Farmworkers in the South-Eastern United States. The Program ran the first season on PBS-POV and is currently in International Distribution. "OCEAN POND" recounts the proclaimed Massacre at Olustee and speaks out against the Civil War Battle in Florida in 1864. In 2006, John created "End Torture Now" a PSA Series for C.A.I.R. Florida in association with the ACLU that brought to light the problems at Gitmo.

Within his boutique Indie Film Company "Central State Productions" he has either Produced, Directed, Photographed or Written Documentary projects for; "Hear My Hands", Deaf Reporter Series, The Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, CAIR-Florida, the ACLU-Jacksonville as well as Dolger Film's "Angels Among Us" and LUNA Guitars.

He is currently Touring Internationally his new Feature Documentary Film titled "ELECTRIC HEART" don ellis, www.donellisfilm.com the long awaited story of the Man, His Times and the Music of Don Ellis. The Film's Premiere in 2007 in Los Angeles was sold out and the Film was nominated for Best Feature Documentary Film in its first Film Festival and continues to win awards Internationally.

"My ultimate goal continues to be Producing, Writing & Directing mainly non-fictional Short and Long Subject Documentary Films that can have a positive effect on Society and Educate others to contemporary issues and historical topics that have been forgotten in History."

John is a outstanding Member of The International Documentary Association. (IDA)

As a Media-Writer John's writings have been published within Focus In, Create Magazine, Florida Film Monthly as well as Film Festival.com website.

He is currently awaiting completion funding for the long-lost and tragic story of "The Radium Girls" -Glowing in the Dark, Website: radiumgirls.embarqspace.com

Inquiries & Investment Opportunities
contact: Sights & Sounds Films

Basics: 58 years old / Male / Orlando, Florida
Groups: International Documentary Association (IDA), IndieClub Orlando (Director), Florida Film Production Coalition, Board (FFPC)

I have been in the industry since 1980.

Electric Heart The Don Ellis Story (TEASER)
Added on 1/2/2012
Short TEASER for: Filmmaker John Vizzusi's Award Winning Feature Documentary The Don Ellis Story ---------------------------------------------------- ELECTRIC HEART don ellis (2014 DVD Release) Sights & Sounds Films / Arthaus Musik Germany A Documentary Film by John Vizzusi 70Minutes, ENGLISH, General Audiences Movie Website: www.Facebook.com/ssfilms ELECTRIC HEART, don ellis is the story of one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th Century. Ellis (1934-1978) fused together a mixture of Jazz-Classical-Rock and his own version of World Music long before anyone else had thought of doing it. His life, times & music is explored with interviews from musical giants such as Bandleaders, Maynard Ferguson and Stan Kenton, Pulitzer Winning Composer, Gunther Schuller as well as Pianist, Milcho Leviev. The unforgettable life of one of the greatest musicians of all time is explored and a re-birth of the electrifying and magical sounds of Don Ellis is back for all to enjoy!

Credits

Still Photographer – Still Photo Shoot

May, 2017 — June, 2017
Commercial – Hunnington Ridge Properties

Still Photographer – City of Mount Dora Florida

June, 2017 — July, 2017
Commercial – Mount Dora Florida Chamber of Commerce

Director-Producer-Writer – Don Ellis - Electric Heart

January, 2014 — January, 2017
Feature – Arthaus

Work with John E Vizzusi

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