Antho­ny D. Viven­zio – Board Mem­ber

Fif­teen years ago, Antho­ny “Tony” Viven­zio real­ized his dream of “grad­u­at­ing” from urban pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al life and moved with his wife, Megan, to a place that pos­sessed all of the phys­i­cal, mar­itime beau­ty, and social con­nect­ed­ness he was seek­ing, San Juan Island. Here, he can cruise their sail­boat, direct and act in plays, and take part in and serve a “face to face com­mu­ni­ty,” so nec­es­sary in these times.

Emerg­ing from a too often less-than-cor­dial envi­ron­ment, he now enjoys a law prac­tice he has described in mag­a­zine arti­cles as “idyl­lic.”

Tony has ded­i­cat­ed much of his prac­tice to dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, rather than dis­pute cre­ation. He is a cer­ti­fied medi­a­tor and arbi­tra­tor, and has taught dis­pute res­o­lu­tion to high school stu­dents and pre-teens.  His involve­ment in mat­ters of pub­lic inter­est has includ­ed found­ing a legal aid pro­gram serv­ing Washington’s Olympic Penin­su­la, rep­re­sent­ing chil­dren in juve­nile court, direct­ing a pro­gram rep­re­sent­ing indi­gent par­ties in fam­i­ly court, and advo­cat­ing for fire fight­ers around the state.

Fol­low­ing his love of film, he has stud­ied and appren­ticed under award win­ning film­mak­er Las­z­lo Pal, a major sup­port­er of our Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val. He came to the Board of the Film Fes­ti­val after exit­ing a par­tic­u­lar­ly inspir­ing film shown dur­ing the Festival’s first run, thought­ful and, yes, misty-eyed.  His coun­sel to vis­i­tors to the Fes­ti­val:

This is not an event for the faint of heart or mind.  Open your minds and hearts, and enjoy.  That will be your tick­et.”