Clayton Vila is a director living in Los Angeles, California.
“Born and raised on the smallest island in the smallest state, Block Island in Rhode Island, I developed a passion for filmmaking at an early age in the way most filmmakers did — playing with my parent’s camcorder. But before I realized my potential as a director, I set out on an alternative endeavor. I began a long career as a professional skier, staring in dozens of the world’s biggest ski movies and eventually becoming an X Games Medalist.
Starring in ski movies means being around cameras all day, and I found myself becoming obsessed with being behind a camera. My simultaneous fascination with the amazing stories I discovered in the skiing-world led me to direct multiple award-winning films about the industry’s bizarre athletes and characters. These films were what drove me to pursue a career as a director.
I have now lived in Los Angeles for years and directed multiple feature documentaries, short films, and branded content pieces that have gained notoriety through both national television and Oscar-qualifying film festivals.