Renzo Rossellini first collaborated with his father Roberto, as an assistant director and later as his producer until 1977.
He then founded and served as chairman of Gaumont Italia and later Artisti Associati Spa. With these companies he produced, financed and distributed more than 100 films At present Renzo Rossellini lives between California, where he represents several Italian and European film companies and where he collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles as a Consultant, and Italy where he presides over the scientific committee of Roberto Rossellini Foundation and where he teaches cinematographic and television production at the NUCT University of Rome, at the Fisciano University and at the Federico II University of Naples. He also teaches and European Cinema History the Ucla of Los Angeles and at the EICTV University of Cuba, founded by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
CONCITA DE GREGORIO
Concita De Gregorio, journalist and writer, is gratuated in Political Sciences at University of Pisa. She started her career working for local radios and televisions in Toscana, then writing for the daily Tirreno where, for eight years, she has worked for the local editorial offices. In 1989 she moved to the national daily newspaper “la Repubblica”, where she worked on news, politics, foreign affairs, culture and show business as special report. For many years she has been columnist for the weeklies “Venerdì” and “D”.
In 2002 she published with the publishing house Laterza the book “Non Lavate questo sangue”, about the G8 in Genoa and a story for the publishing house Adelphi. In 2006 she published for the publishing house Mondadori “Una madre lo sa”, finalist at the national Prize Bancarella. In 2008 she published the book “Malamore. Esercizi di resistenza al dolore”.
Since august of 2008 she is the editor of the national newspaper “l’Unità”.
Gratuated at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, she started to work in theatre with Toni Servillo and she won with “Il misantropo” of Moliére, the Critics Prize as best actress. She co-operated for long time with the Teatri Uniti group. In theatre she worked with Leo De Berardinis, Mario Martone, Carlo Cecchi, Federico Tiezzi, Emma Dante, playing in some of the most critics award-winning shows of the latest years.
She debuted at cinema with “Libera” of Pappi Corsicato, with him she played also in “I buchi neri”, “I vesuvisni” and “Chimera. At cinema she worked also with Maurizio Nicchetti, Marco Ferreri, Tonino De Bernardi, Mario Martone, Renato De Maria and Marco Risi, winning two Nastro d’Argento Prizes and a Sacher Prize as best star actress.
Recently she took part at “Progetto Damiani” of Luca Ronconi for the Culture Olympics Turin 2006 playing in “Tirolo e Cressida” of Shackespeare and in “Lo specchio del Diavolo” of Giorgio Ruffolo.
Iaia Forte works with Clara Gebbia on projects ideated and produced by the Teatro Iaia Company.
Luigi Ontani was born in Vergato (Bologna) in 1943 and now he lives in Roma. He started in 1965 with the Pleonastic objects, then since 1969 he uses the photography of himself in different classic poses. In those years he worked also in performances and films with super 8. Since 1973 he often visits India and his poetic is influenced by the oriental colors and its traditions, revisited as an aristocratic dandysm. In 1977 he worked on hand-retouched and watercolor-retouched photos inspired to India.
In the 80’s he experiments the sculpture: with wood, ceramics, Muran glass. In 2000 he won the Prize “Artist of the year” and in 2001 the PS1 of New York dedicated to him an important retrospective.
In 1998 he made an opening of an personal art exhibition at Austuni Gallery of Fano and in 2000 made the opening of the “Pietra Santa inCanta” exhibition edited by Achille Bonito Oliva. In 2001 he took part at the art exhibition “Il Marmo e la Celluloide” at the park of the La Versiliana Villa, at Marina di Pietrasanta.
Elisabetta Catalano lives and works in Rome. Internationally renowned portraitist, she is considered as one of the better witness of the artists, literary men, actors and movie directors and culture men life from 70’s to date.
She started to work as photographer on the set of “Otto e mezzo” of Fellini, in which she played Anouk Aimée sister. Then Fellini wanted her for shot photos on the set of many others film.
She worked with many important artists, as: Mauri, Pistoletto, Chia, Cucchi, Clemente e Kounellis.
Her career start contributing to Vogue (Italian and international edition), with Il Mondo, l’Espresso and with the press in general.
One of the first personal art exhibition was composed of portraits of artists, at the Il Cortile gallery of Rome (1973). Two of the most important Catalano’s exhibition were: the “Mostra Storica Fotografica” of Unesco at Venice (1979) and the art exhibition at the Carnavalet Museum of Paris (1980).
The important retrospectives were in two of the most important museum in Italy: at the National Modern Art Gallery in Rome (1992) and at the Modern Art Gallery of Turin (2005/2006).
Her works had been exhibited in famous galleries of contemporary art, like : Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome (1999) and Massimo Minini in Brescia (2004).
In 2004 presented the exhibition about the cinema at Moncarda Gallery of Rome and in 2008 presented an exhibition about famous footballers at Pino Casagrande Gallery of Rome.
Gioia Avvantaggiato has been in the television world for over 25 years. She created GA&A in 1990, when she left her post as Head of Sales with Rai’s sales company after a 10 year tenure.
Gioia is President and Executive Producer for GA&A Productions. During the years, GA&A has become an active member of the European production and distribution communities and a leading player in the domestic acquisition and international distribution of high quality programming. Besides producing documentaries and factual entertainment for the Italian market, GA&A has set up major international co-productions with the likes of ARTE France, Channel 4, ZDF, ITVS, AVRO, YLE, CBC, National Geographic, Discovery, NHK, SBS and RTBF just to name a few.
A member of APT (Italian Association of Television Producers), CEPI, EDN and Doc It since 2000, Gioia has been serving in the Board of APT for 2 terms and is currently sitting in the Board of Doc/It (Italian Documentary Association). She is also an active tutor in several training initiatives dealing with Production and Distribution of documentaries for an International audience.
Isola del Liri, 1950. In 1968 he attended the “Silvio D’Amico” Dramatic Art Academy as actor. He edited plays of Stanislaw Witkievicz, Aleksandr Blok, Jurii Olesa, Isaak Babel, Anton Cechov, Wolfgang Goethe, Maurice Maeterlinck, Vjaceslav Ivanov, Vittorio Imbriani. He was editor-assistant of Citto Maselli, Eriprando Visconti, Pasquale Festa Campanile. He wrote screenplays for tv (“Anni ’60”, “La stagione dei delitti 2”). He edited many shorts, video-potraits (with Gregory Corso, Lou Reed, Cesare Zavattini, ect.) and some films: “Una settimana come un’altra” (1968), which won the David di Donatello Prize for the first work; "Mezzaestate" (1990); "Fatti della Banda della Magliana" (2004),shot in three weeks into the Rebibbia prison and based on his play "Chiacchiere e Sangue"; “Amore che vieni, amore che vai” (2008), based on the book “Un destino ridicolo” of Fabrizio De Andrè and Alessandro Gennari.
Born in Naples in march of 1963, now he lives in Rome.
He worked at cinema with Federico Fellini, Dario Argento, Marco Risi, Damiano Damiani, Bigas Luna, Mario Martone, Antonio Capuano, Sergio Cabrera, Luciano Odorisio, Stefano Incerti, Carl Haber, Joseph Sergent, Alessandro Benvenuti,Tonino Zangardi, i Fratelli Taviani, i Manetti Brothers, Franco Bernini.
At theatre he worked with Luca Ronconi, Klaus Gruber, Tony Servillo, Mario Martone, Antonio Neiwiller, Egisto Marcucci, Ninni Bruschetta, Valter Malosti, Beppe Navello ,Cherif, Giorgio Pressburgher, Abel Ferrara.
He won the Prize Ubu (1992) for “La trasfigurazione di Benno il Ciccione” of A.Innaurato, the Silver Plate Saint Vincent (1995) for the film “Il Verificatore” of Stefano Incerti and “Ivo il tardivo” of Alessandro Benvenuti, the Prize Fondi La Pastora and the Prize “Cinema e società”.
Since several years, he is also engaged in artistic activities.
He directed in theatre “Tutto scorre” of Massimo Sgobani presented at theatre festival of Asti 2004 and winner of the prize Fondi La Pastora, “Apocalisse nell’Arte” of Valentino Zaichen and “Le cose sottili nell’aria” of Massimo Sgobani, presented at Sant’Arcangelo festival in 2006. In 2007 he directed “Talem” of Sergi Babel. In 2008 he directed “Hinkemann” of Franz Xavier Kroetz and “Manhattan Medea” of Dea Loher.
FILIPPO LA PORTA
Essayst and literary critic, Filippo La Porta contributes to the National newspapers “Corriere della Sera”, “Il Messaggero”, “la Repubblica”, and to others journals.
He works for some Universities (of Naples and of Cagliari); editing consulent, he wrote many books, as Nuova Narrativa Italiana ( Bollati Boringhieri) , Pasolini. Uno gnostico innamorato della realtà ( Letters ) – he was invited to speack about Pasolini in various international conventions, at Calcutta, l’Havana, etc. - della critica ( Bompiani) and the recent E’ un problema tuo (Gaffi), Calabria Prize 2009. He edited an italian contemporary tales anthology for Einaudi Scuola.
He lived in Usa for one year, in 2006, with a full bright research-ship (then he wrote the book Diario di un patriota perplesso negli Stati Uniti, e/o ).
He is a member of two literary-prizes judging for the narrative subject (Sandro Onofri Prize and Paola Biocca Prize).
In 2008 he won the De Lollis Prize with the essay Maestri Irregolari (Bollati Boringhieri).