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Short Film (Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy)

a film by Frank Prinzi

Starring Emmy Award Winner Vincent D’Onofrio and Written/Directed by Emmy Award Winner Frank Prinzi, It’s A Mess is about a homeless man (D'Onofrio) with a troubled past and two young sisters with a dark secret.

Part modern day fairytale, part ode to the solitude of New York City nights...IT'S A MESS is a study of the loneliness that comes from knowing that in this 'civilized' world, innocence and evil are separated by a fine mist that dissipates after sunset. 


Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer, Director, Frank Prinzi ASC, has been an active member of the New York filmmaking community for over 30 years. Frank's eclectic credits range from feature films to television movies, from episodic series to documentaries and commercials.

He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious New York University Graduate School of Film and Television.

Frank’s feature film cinematography credits include Al Pacino's passion project Chinese Coffee along with Tom DiCillo's cult favorite and Sundance award winning film Living in Oblivion. He photographed Edward Burn’s She's the One, No Looking Back, and Sidewalks of New York.

Other films include 200 Cigarettes, The Real Blonde, The Best Man, Trumbo (documentary), Wish You Well and George Romero’s remake of Night of the Living Dead.

His work in television includes Law and Order: Criminal Intent, the critically acclaimed series Life on Mars, Cashmere Mafia, The Blacklist and the hit TV Movie, The Lost Valentine starring Betty White. He was nominated for an Emmy twice, and won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for the series Northern Exposure.

Over the years he has worked with most major film and television studios. Frank's commercial credits include major brands such as Sony, American Express, Chevrolet, Cartier and Harry Winston. He has been privileged to photograph, collaborate, and direct so many talented artists including Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Redford, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Michael Douglas, Liam Neeson, Patti Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Malcolm McDowell, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Harvey Keitel, Dave Chapelle, Neil Patrick Harris, Betty White, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Jason Sudeikis among many others.

His directorial works includes the TV series “Northern Exposure” , Thirty four episodes of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” as well as multiple segments of “Last Week Tonight”, with John Oliver.

He is an active member of The Directors Guild of America, IATSE Cameraman’s Union and the highly prestigious and exclusive American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC).