SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host the area premiere of "Men of The Cloth," a documentary on Italian masters tailors, January 9 at MONDO.  The film begins at 8 p.m., with Director/Producer Vicki Vasilopolous leading a discussion following its screening.

"Men of The Cloth" is an inspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three humble and accomplished master tailors  who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career.  By weaving together the individual stories of these master tailors, "Men of The Cloth" unfolds the tapestry of their lives, unravels the mystery of their artistry, and reveals how their passionate devotion to their craft is akin to a religion.    

"Men of The Cloth" is a film about how these master tailors are navigating their challenging role in the 21st Century.  The film gives it audience a window into the past, present, and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are in the Italian Renaissance, but whose branches extend from small towns in the Apennine Mountains of Italy and the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, all the way to New York’s Madison Avenue and the suburbs of Philadelphia. 

The film details the intimate connection between Italian master tailors and their tools, how they cherish their day-to-day interaction with their customers, and the immense satisfaction they get in creating such beautiful clothing.  The tailors are shown working with their fabrics and trimmings, and carrying on fittings.  As they go about their daily tasks, they share observations and reflections — by turns nostalgic, poignant and humorous. 

"Men of The Cloth" has been an official selection of many film festivals including DOC-NYC, the Montclair Film Festival, Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, and LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Director/Producer Vasilopoulos was the Senior Fashion Editor at DNR (now a part of Women’s Wear Daily), as well as a contributor to international newswire service Fashion Wire Daily,andhad features published in The New York TimesEsquireTime Out New York and New Jersey Monthly.

Seating is limited, and admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, with advance tickets available at smarttix.com and at MONDO.   For more information, contact MONDO -- located at 426 Springfield Avenue -- 973 / 885-1983.