Award-winning and self-taught, Puerto Rican-Italian American, Filmmaker, Anthony Nardolillo, makes his Directorial Debut with ‘SHINE’ staring David Zayas (Dexter,Gotham) and Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black). Nardolillo previously directed the award winning short film MANO starring Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Laz Alonso (Detroit).

Additionally he has directed music videos and commercials including
clients Target, Disney, Mitu and Maker Studios.


Recent Work


2017 Audience Award:
Best Feature Narrative

‘SHINE’ clocked in as the first film to sell out of tickets at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival, one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind, which holds the support of sponsors like HBO and industry trailblazers Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman as collaborators.

‘SHINE’ is the story of two brothers, once celebrated Salsa dancers, are reunited years after the death of their father, on opposing ends of a city in full bloom gentrification. The film’s message promotes the need for community unification during a pivotal time when America and the world, need it most. The stirring screenplay opens and closes with, “We’re all connected from the very first beat to the very last echo.”

From start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed Shine! As a Latino growing up in NYC I was transported on a trip down memory lane, one that I did not want to see end. Music from revered artists represented the fabric of Shine; it’s a major connector in Shine and in life. As someone who loves salsa dancing, the dancing was a major highlight for me as the passion from the dancers brought out the energy that existed in Spanish Harlem. Shine shows us that life isn’t easy and sometimes it’s our culture and upbringing that brings us back together. Anthony Nardolillo’s film is beautifully directed and heart warming on many levels.
— Ebby Antigua, Creative and Style Director LATINA MAGAZINE
The spirit and atmosphere of East Harlem radiates in each scene, especially when the characters express passion for their Latin culture through music and dance.
— Kiko Martinez, Film Critic, REMEZCLA