Circus Kid

  • New Mo' Cut: David Peoples' Lost Film of Moe's Books New Mo' Cut: David Peoples' Lost Film of Moe's Books


Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 5:45 PM
Rafael 1 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 10:00 AM
CFI Education screenings are open to school groups and general public
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:68 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Lorenzo Pisoni
Producer:Daniel Radcliffe
Karen Lehner
Sarah Dusseault
Cinematographer:William Rexer II
Editor:Sarah Devorkin
Christopher White
Print Source:Lorenzo Pisoni
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


Growing up isn’t easy when your father’s a clown. That’s one lesson of Lorenzo Pisoni’s moving documentary, which offers an intimate portrait of San Francisco’s famed Pickle Family Circus and of its mercurial founder, Larry Pisoni. Started in the 1970s, the one-ring circus entertained with dazzling acrobatics, juggling, and often-subversive clowning—a direct precursor of Cirque du Soleil. Born into this milieu, Lorenzo was six when he donned matching greasepaint and baggy pants to join Larry in a brilliant father-son act. Exhaustion and personal demons eventually drove Larry to abandon the troupe and his family. With Circus Kid, Lorenzo seeks to reconstruct what happened and reconcile with his father’s complex legacy. Including vintage footage and interviews with legendary performers Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle, this unique glimpse of clown life shouldn’t be missed.

Guest in attendance 10/9, 10/10 & 10/11: Lorenzo Pisoni (director, writer, subject)

New Mo' Cut: David Peoples’ Lost Film of Moe’s Books
US 2015, 14 min Director Siciliana Trevino

The discovery of a 16mm film at a Berkeley dump leads to a nostalgic journey featuring one of the Bay Area’s most beloved and legendary characters.

Guests in attendance 10/9, 10/10 & 10/11: Siciliana Trevino (director), Doris Moskowitz (subject)


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Additional Information

Lorenzo began as a circus performer in The Pickle Family Circus founded by his parents, Peggy Snider and Larry Pisoni. In 1999, he became an actor, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television and in film. In 2009, with director Erica Schmidt, he created Humor Abuse, a play about growing up with a clown for a father. Winning numerous awards throughout the country over its four year run, the show inspired filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt to convince Lorenzo to make a film about his relationship with his father, Larry. Circus Kid marks Lorenzo’s directorial debut.