Clayton Vila is a director, writer, and editor 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 became a director, I set out on an alternative endeavor: I began a long and successful career as a professional skier.
After years of skiing in front of a camera, I found myself becoming obsessed with being behind a camera. My fascination with my friends around me in 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 dive head first into 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. I take pride in handling the sensitive stories of documentary subjects, and creating unique and empathy-provoking fictional characters in my films.”