Clayton Vila is a film 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 will to be a film director, I became consumed by another endeavor: I began a career as a professional skier.
After years of skiing in front of the camera and earning an X Games Medal, I once again found myself becoming obsessed with being behind the camera. My fascination with my friends within the strange world of skiing led me to direct multiple award-winning films about the industry’s bizarre athletes and characters. This momentum allowed me to enter ABC’s director program and shadow Tony Goldwyn as he directed an episode of the hit TV show Scandal. The skills I learned there allowed me to dive head first into my filmmaking career, as I directed a feature documentary that aired nationally on ABC just a year later.
I have now lived in Los Angeles for years and directed multiple feature documentaries, short films, commercials and branded content pieces that have gained notoriety through both national television and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. I take pride in handling the sensitive stories of documentary subjects, and creating unique and empathy-provoking fictional characters in my narrative films.”