UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE
(a 7-part SERIES, February 26 – MARCH 14)

In the early ’90s, under the guise of producing a TV series titled Eat to Win, director David Shapiro and his best friend, Leeds Atkinson, set out to find New York City’s perfect slice—and to eat for free. The two visited pizzerias across all five boroughs, capturing a changing city, while also preserving it on videotape. At the fabled Lombardi’s, they discovered Andrew Bellucci, a passionate pie man whose expertise landed him an unlikely role as a darling of the New York food world. But shortly after meeting him, he’s arrested, when his former life as a Wall Street criminal catches up to him. They followed the story, and filmed him in prison, but the two friends eventually drifted apart and abandoned the project. Twenty years later, Shapiro receives an e-mail: Leeds is dead. Now an established filmmaker in his own right, Shapiro pieces together their lost footage and sets out to discover what happened to Bellucci and Atkinson. Shot on three continents across 30 years, Untitled Pizza Movie asks: how do you remember someone in a disposable world? “You would think the grid of New York would be a good place to map a memory,” Shapiro muses in the first installment of the series. “In retrospect, it’s hard to pin something down in a city that easily buries its past.” Pushing the boundaries of documentary, the series weaves a triple character portrait through a tapestry of form—thousands of objects filmed as touchstones, Hi8 footage of a pre-gentrified city, and interviews with people as varied as New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Nobu’s Drew Nieporent, and Wall Street lawyers.

 

Past Screening

Untitled Pizza Movie Part 1: Ice Cube Trays

Directed by David Shapiro

Q&A with Shapiro and Jonathan Lethem

NYC. 1995. Dave and Leeds cross the five boroughs with a camera, filming a show about NY food. Their quest: to eat free pizza and preserve their city.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 2: Eat to Win in the Elevator

Directed by David Shapiro

1995. Dave and Leeds meet Andy Bellucci, the top pie man in NY. But the story ends up following him to federal prison. Upon release, he disappears. Their pizza movie undone, the friends continue to fuck up and grow up in equal measure.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 3: Pizza Purgatory

Directed by David Shapiro

David sets out on a road trip of memory. Reimagining Leeds’s last days, he tries to unravel the facts and fiction of his life. The series travels to Saint-Malo, France. There, he meets Leeds’s wife, Shyleen. And he tracks down Bellucci in Kuala Lumpur.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 4: Zig Zag

Directed by David Shapiro

Q&A with Shapiro, moderated by filmmaker Matt Wolf

David traces the roots of Leeds, Bellucci’s, and his own, obsessions, failures, and successes. For Leeds, NYC is in the rearview mirror; for David, a love-hate home; and for Bellucci, a beacon for redemption.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 5: The Natufian Culture of 9,000 BC

Directed by David Shapiro

Q&A with Shapiro,
moderated by Scott Macaulay

Leeds and Shyleen hatch a plan to open a taco stand. Bellucci plans to come home to make amends and take his rightful place alongside the top pizzaiolos of NY.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 6: Clams

Directed by David Shapiro

Q&A with Shapiro, moderated by Amy Robinson

Bellucci meets with Nobu’s Drew Nieporent, who is wary of Bellucci’s past, but impressed by his hutzpah and his calling card (a clam pie). The opening of Taceaux moves closer, while David ponders what the road to dignity is.

Last available Mar 14 2021

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Untitled Pizza Movie Part 7: Mars Bar

Directed by David Shapiro

Followed by a Pizza Panel with David Shapiro, Andrew Bellucci, Drew Nieporent, Scarr Pimentel, Anthony Barile, and Miriam Weiskind

The final episode follows Leeds on his last days, while Bellucci gives a now-gentrified NY one last shot. Is there a place for him anymore?

Last available Mar 14 2021