Salvatore Oppedisano: Producer, DAG–Diretcor
MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION & CABLE PRODUCTIONS:
Producer and director of the live-action short subject The Dove. Winner of 28 international awards, including an Academy Award nomination.
Producer and director of the feature motion picture- “Distance”, starring James Woods. Winner of the Best, First Feature Award at numerous International Festivals.
LATE GREAT ME
Director/Writer of the ABC Television Movie “The Late Great Me”. Winner of five Emmy’s including Best Direction. Also, the winner of the Christopher Award and the Golden Gate Award at The San Francisco Film Festival.
Writer/Director of the feature motion picture “My Brother”, starring Vanessa Williams. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Best Picture- American Black Film Festival, along with 28 other major festival awards.
IN PRE–PRODUCTION–THE PROMISE
(Some promises should never be made. Some promises should never kept.
Writer/Director/Producer Storyline: Buddies from childhood, escape their life of poverty by enlisting in the military, only to find their once unshakable bond tested in a chaotic war. There, a buddies promise made in the hell of battle and at death’s door has to be carried out back home. Frightening and inspirational, “The Promise” pits one’s soul against moral beliefs as it reveals hidden truths that changes lives forever…
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Producer and director of film comedy sequences for a number of Saturday Night Live productions.
THE MOVIE SHOW
Producer and director of the “Behind the scenes” HBO/CINEMAX series on the art of filmmaking. The show also featured numerous on-location interviews with major Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers.
THE MOVIE TRIVIA SHOW
Creator, producer, and director of HBO/CINEMAX’s Interactive “Movie Trivia Game Show”.
THE RECOVERY NETWORK
Co-creator of “The Recovery Network” and producer of programming for the first Cable Network dedicated to providing information and hope to the 88 million Americans who are afflicted and addicted to Alcohol and Drugs, Eating Disorders, Spousal and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior.
THE “STOP SEXUAL HARASSMENT” CAMPAIGN
Producer, director, and co-creator of the award-winning series of public service commercials and associated print campaigns.
“THE PARTY SCENE”
Created “The Party Scene”, an hour-long weekly Cable experience, that brought viewers into what was new, unusual and undiscovered. Shot documentary style at clubs and late night recording sessions, backstage to concerts, and the private, private parties of the Urban Culture. It introduced audiences to alternative lifestyle dance, clothes, and phat music. “The Party Scene” was first to document the emergence of some of Rap Music’s biggest stars from the ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ to ‘Method Man’ of the ‘Wu-Tang Clan’.night-spots yet to be discovered. It took audiences into candid
THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER GALA TRIBUTES:
Annual Creator/director of the original film portions of the gala honoring cinema legends: Federico Fellini, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, and Sean Connery, among many others.
PRESIDENT CLINTON’S INTRODUCTION TO THE MOVIE “RUBY BRIDGES”:
Producer and director of President Clinton’s inspirational introduction to the movie “Ruby Bridges”, shot on location in the White House. The President tells of his experiences as a young boy in Arkansas and to the courage of a young black girl, Ruby Bridges.
PRO BONO PUBLIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Produced and directed numerous public service announcements for Big Brothers, Boy Scouts of America, Cancer Society, Child Abuse, Drug Abuse, Heroine Hot Line, Jewish Philanthropies, Red Cross, Stop Sexual Harassment, World Hunger, and Towers of Light (9/11 Tribute).
COMMERCIALS, PROMOTION & GRAPHIC IMAGERY:
Produced and directed commercials as well as graphic imagery for ABC, American Airlines, AOLTimeWarner, AT&T, Bankers Trust, Bausch/Lomb, Beatrice, Borden, Buick, Burlington, CBS, Ciba, Clairol, Coca Cola, Disney, Dr. Pepper, Eaton Industries, Ford, Fuji, General Foods, Gillette, GTE, HBO, Hilton, Hitachi, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Lever Brothers, Mars, Microsoft, Mobil, Paramount, Pepsico, Polaroid, Procter & Gamble, RockStar, Sears, Sony, Sunoco, Uni-Royal, United Fruit Company, US Royal, Verizon, VH-1,Volkswagon of America, Whirlpool and Xerox.
Producer/mentor of a number of new directors and their music videos for artists and groups such as: Queen Latifah, Foxy Brown, Trick Daddy, Trina, Jay Z, Run DMC, Michael Bivins (New Edition), Beck, Wu Tang Clan, Mr.Cheeks, The Lost Boyz, Cappadona, John Spencer Blues Explosion, DJ Hurricane, Cam’ron, Sticky Fingaz, Onyx, Fredro Starr, Big Daddy Kane, Spragga Benz, Baby Cham, Transitions, Lil’ Kim, The Unit, as well as R.Kelly, on their gold and platinum record selling albums.
PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS FOR BROADWAY SHOWS:
Chorus Line; The Three Penny Opera; On the 20th Century; The Music Man; Brigadoon; Carousel; Macbeth; Bye Bye Birdie; Jackie Mason Back Again; Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Show; South Pacific; Fiddler on the Roof; Gypsy; The King and I; The Lion King, as well as many others.
BRANDING IDENTITIES & SUPER GRAPHIC ON-AIR LOGO DESIGNS:
Created and designed the Logos for: ABC Movies; ABC Specials; ABC News; The Arts Network (A&E); CBS Eyes; ESPN Logo; HBO Logo and City; STARBRIDGE Logo; TIME/WARNER Communications; WNET Spotlight.
PARAMOUNT’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY FILM AND GALA CELEBRATION:
Producer, designer and director of Paramount’s film heritage and the live gala celebration at the Grand Ballroom of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
CBS TELEVISION NETWORK:
Created and produced the CBS Television Network’s branding, its corporate imagery along with its on-air promotion for nine years.
Created, produced and launched the HBO Cable Networks branding and its corporate imagery, and for its first three years of existence, along with the on-air promotion.
CREATED A NEW INTERNET PLATFORM & SYSTEM:
Liberty Studios & Tony Lover created a platform to make order out of Cyberspace while being intuitive for the novice. The platform became SuperYellow, a comprehensive, global, single-source information and directory service that is advertiser supported and free of charge to the public. The innovative system’s graphic user interface employs universal iconology and symbology to provide access to a complex network of global information while being extremely simple to use. The information is delivered in text as well as spoken in the language of the user’s choice. The system also supports full-motion sound and video for enhanced knowledge. Through a series of intuitive computer bridging systems, the information sought by the user is fully maximized to encompass even thoughts, ideas and knowledge that the user has not considered to explore. The project’s development (yet to be deployed) is jointly underwritten by Bell Atlantic/GTE (Verizon) and Liberty Studios.
FILM FESTIVALS, HONORS AND INDUSTRY AWARDS:
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION
EMMY (Picture and Direction)
CINE GOLD EAGLE (Representing the USA in International Film Festivals)
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
DEAUVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLIO AWARDS (The American TV Commercial Festival Awards)
ANDY AWARDS (Advertising Club of New York)
CHICAGO COMMERCIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS
COMMUNICATION ARTS AWARDS
INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST AWARDS
ART DIRECTORS CLUB AWARDS
AIGA AWARDS (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
GOLDEN GATE AWARD (San Francisco Film Festival)
AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (Grand Jury, Best Picture)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA AWARD (Best Actress/Best Picture)
HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor)
BMW BLACK FILM.COM (My Brother, Selected for the American Tour)
TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (My Brother, Best Picture)
SANTA BARBARA AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (My Brother, Best Picture)
CAPITOL DAY “SPECIAL OLYMPICS” HONOR AWARD (My Brother)
IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK FILM (My Brother, Kansas City Film Society)
THE HARVARD MULTI-CULTRAL HONOR EVENT (My Brother)
THE MAVERICK AWARD (Anthony Lover/My Brother)
THE INDEPENDENT NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATION, BEST PICTURE (My Brother)