Salvatore Petrosino, director and writer, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film from the School of Visual Arts (1984).
Sal has been involved in filmmaking for over thirty years. He has written directed, produced and edited: independent shorts, documentaries, commercials, industrials, music videos and has written two feature-length screenplays (Crossroads, Seasonal Passages) and various shorts. His expertise includes writing, directing and development at all stages of pre-production, production and post-production.
Mr. Petrosino has dedicated twenty-five years to education as Director of Film and Animation, at the School of Visual Arts, helping create and restructure the film and animation program, including revising curriculum, restructuring the program, and creating state of the art facilities in helping to establish SVA as one of the leading film schools in the world. He has initiated two international studies abroad programs, one in Italy and the other in France and has created many master workshops/lectures with some of the leading filmmakers in cinema today; including: Gordon Willis, Bryan Singer, Anastos Michos, Chris Newman, Alan Heim, Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Benoit Jacquot, Claire Denis to name a few. His documentary film They Used to Call it South Brooklyn exposed a dark side of gentrification in Brooklyn.
Sal lives and works in New York City and continues as not only the Director of Film and Animation, but teaches filmmaking classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York to full-time day, continuing education and pre-college students.
Sal recently wrote and directed a short film adapted from his feature screenplay, Crossroads which had its New York premier in November and is currently playing festivals.