BIOAnton Evangelista is an award-winning filmmaker who nurtured his multi-talented artistic abilities for both the film and advertising industries.
Born in Matera, Italy, his family moved to New York when he was four-years old. His raw talent would flourish into a multi-creative expression that would eventually include the two worlds he loved most: art and entertainment. He was accepted into the noted High School of Art and Design, a vocational art school in New York City, where other graduates Tony Bennett, Calvin Klein and fashion designer Marc Jacobs began their careers. During this time, he embarked on another creative channel — acting. He began taking acting classes after school and began landing small parts in movies, including playing a member of “The Wanderers” in the hit cult classic film.After graduation, he continued refining his strong drawing skills, while also pursuing his acting career. He found a niche for himself freelancing as a storyboard artist for many major advertising agencies and commercial directors, while also continuing to land featured parts in movies, such as “The Cotton Club,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” TV’s “Law and Order,” in the soap operas as “Search for Tomorrow,” “As the World Turns” and an FBI agent in Ron Howard’s “Ransom” with Mel Gibson. His fluency in Italian lead to many opportunities, including voiceover narration for many commercials and working behind the camera translating for Martin Scorsese’s and production designer Dante Ferretti on “The Age of Innocence”.
With all his wealth of creative experiences, Anton came full circle by combining his talents and abilities into one channel. In 1995, he produced and directed his first short film “Beyond Reason” based on his friend James Morricone’s real life account of a mysterious stranger’s timely appearance in a life changing moment. The film was described by one film critic as “Highway to Heaven meets the Twilight Zone.” It went on to play at many international film festivals. This lead to other directing assignments, including directing several national commercials for “Fleischmann’s Yeast.”But the idea of further developing “Beyond Reason” into a feature length film always took center stage, refining the script he had written from James’ original story. In 2002, they put wind in their sails and production began on “Intervention” the film Anton would not only direct, but act in as well. This period 1968 character-driven love story went on to win seven awards on the film festival circuit, including Best Film and Best Drama from the Philadelphia Film and Video Festival. Anton went on to write, produce and direct other projects, including a documentary on the healing effects of laughter entitled “Just Laugh!” featuring Regis Philbin, Doris Roberts, pastor Joel Osteen and comic legend Pat Cooper. He founded his production company Comprehensive Films with the goal of developing and producing quality filmed stories that would inspire, transform and enrich lives in an entertaining way.