Vinyl Foote Productions
The story of Vinyl Foote Productions is filled with love, learning, and of course, Elvis. Founded in 2005 by actor, Jayce Bartok and make-up artist, Tiffany Bartok to produce a modest documentary on nine people changed by Elvis Presley. Altered By Elvis as it was called went on to wins awards at film festivals and sell around the world (iTunes & Amazon as well as TV channels internationally); and most importantly, there was no looking back for Jayce & Tiffany.
Next followed a personal story about a young girl with a disability (Friedreich’s Ataxia) that must find love called The Cake Eaters which Jayce wrote on legal pads at first. With the help of The 7th Floor, 57 & Irving, and director Mary Stuart Masterson, The Cake Eaters (Screen Media) became an internationally released film starring Kristen Stewart (in one of her favorite performances), the legendary Bruce Dern, Aaron Standford, and Jayce, himself. The Cake Eaters garnered awards and has loyal fans around the world. At this point, Jayce & Tiffany started to expand Vinyl Foote and dream about making a film A-Z. Along with their son, Jaxon, came the idea for Fall To Rise, a film about a new mom who is cut from her dance company and befriends a troubled former dancer to stage a comeback. Robert Redford said of the film, “Jayce Bartok beautifully captured the emotional difficulty of dancers coming to terms with age and identity.” Starring Daphne Rubin-Vega and legendary dancers Desmond Richardson & Katherine Crockett as well as members of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Fall To Rise (Panorama Ent/FilmRise) was selected at the prestigious Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, won the Bulleit Frontier Filmmaker Award, and is available everywhere.
At this point in VF’s story, art meets commerce (our company GROWS) as VF began using it’s honed skills to produce content for ad agencies (HOGARTH, GREY), brands (HERSHEY’S, DIFFERIN, AVON), companies (HADDAD BRANDS, CORE), and celebrities as well as short films, industrials, and music videos making very cool stuff on limited budgets as it had learned how the hard way.
In the midst of this, was born an idea to make a documentary (a decade to the year of Altered By Elvis) about the legendary make-up artist, Kevyn Aucoin. Along with Matador Content, VF produced Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (The Orchard) which was released in 2018 to exceptionally positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter said, “the film delivers a highly personal, warts-and-all portrait of its subject.” It was named one of the 5 top fashion documentaries of all time by The Evening Standard Magazine and is available everywhere.
Now, we are at the precipice of what’s next for VF – YOU TELL US.
The People of VF
Most recently, Kelli Reilly Associate Produced the award-winning documentary, Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (The Orchard) which The LA Times called “ a rich deeply dimensional documentary.” Her journey as a producer began after graduating NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, working with NYC based company, Vinyl Foote Productions, where she worked on the shorts films Sunburn starring Jack Falahee, Jack & Paul, and the award-winning feature film, Fall To Rise, starring legendary dancer, Desmond Richardson, which Robert Redford called “a heart-filling drama.” Next, Kelli moved effortlessly into branded content, corporate communications, events, and social media content producing over 200 spots which garnered her a Golden Marcom Award and 2 Golden Stevie Awards. She continues to work with Vinyl Foote Productions as the Director of Development, and has branched out into visual arts, design, and the literary arts with her very own company, Schadenfrau. Currently, she is writing her first tv series Zero Dark Forty and co-directing, Ryan Blewett's Max Dynamite! (Starring Power Rangers Peter Sudarso, Amazon Studios The Romanoff's Emily Rudd) as well as producing the feature film, The Prince of Soho for Vinyl Foote Productions.