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CinemAmbiente LAB 205 - Guests biography


Massimo Arvat

Born in Torino, 1967. Degree in Philosophy. From 1990 to 1994 he works at the Museum of Cinema of Torino in organizing reviews and retrospectives . EAVE degree and Eurodoc degree (UE Media training for independent producers). He collaborated with the University of Torino-Dams, National Museum of Cinema of Torino, Master Esas University of Pavia, Arts and Media Academy, EDN, Documentary in Europe and various schools. He is cofounder of the Aprodoc Association, association of the documentary producers from Piedmont. Since 1999 he has worked as independent producer the following Zenit's productions and coproductions:
Last Call (2013), Cultural Shock (2013), From Garibaldi to Berlusconi (2011), Programma 101, the Machine that changed the World (2011), Murge, The Cold War Front (2012), Me, my gipsy family and Woody Allen (2009), The Hidden Face of Fear (2008), Space Hackers (2007), Peter’s Dream (2007), The endless Match (2006), Cannabis Rock (2005), The Enigma of Sleep (2004), The Bottom Line (2001), Hard Living Kids (2000).


Gaetano Capizzi

Founder and director of CinemAmbiente - Environmental Film Festival


Enrica Capra

Enrica Capra Founder and CEO of GraffitiDoc, a Turin based company, she has produced mainly documentaries for the international market, both for TV and for theatrical release, selected at international festivals, and distributed all over Europe.
In recent years she produced documentaries with environmental issues, mot of them selected at CinemAmbiente and other environmental international festivals.
With a background in literature and history and an experience in the theatre as a director’s assistant, she worked previously as a manager in the publishing sector for nearly a decade. She then entered the development team for an Italian movie production company. After attending EURODOC in 2003-04, with other associates she established GraffitiDoc. She graduated at EAVE Producers Workshop in 2011.
Enrica has served as Vice President of Doc/it, the Italian association of documentary professionals, in 2011-2013.


Simone Catania

Graduated with honour at the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin, Simone Catania established himself as a producer, artist creative and film-maker. Throughout the years he worked for several production companies in Rome, Turin and London, among which are IntelFilm, Movimento Film, Seven Dreams, LittleFischFilm. In 2007, together with friends and professionals, all with an eye for quality projects, he co-founded Indyca, an independent production company based in Turin. Within Indyca, he produced or directed several short films, including “MONday –il mio giorno” starring Alessandro Gassman, “Onde Corte” produced and interpreted by Maria Grazia Cucinotta, “Elena” by Salvo Bitonti with Franco Nero. Indyca has produced documentaries, mockumentaries and feature films like “A scrap of Paradise” by G. Vacis, “My Journey to Meet You” by Marco S. Puccioni (best EDN project "Doc on Air" - Docs in Thessaloniki 2012), “smoKings” by M. Fornasero (Best Italian Film - Festival dei Popoli 2014 / Jury prize - Visions du Reel 2014). Currently, through Indyca, he’s producing the documentaries “Children in Prison” by R. Schillaci, “The Colour of Grass” by juliane Biasi Hendel and his film “Drive Me Home”. Simone attended master training like EURODOC in 2011 and EAVE in 2013. His projects attended several international pitching such as Lisbon Docs, Docs in Thessaloniki, IDFA, Beijing IFF, Barcelona Docs. Member of EDN and Doc/It.


Andrea Deaglio

Andrea Deaglio (Turin, 1979) makes documentaries, audiovisual and multimedia projects for Mu Produzioni Audiovisive. His works include Nera (2007) and Il futuro del mondo passa da qui - City Veins (2010), which won the Joris Ivens - Best International First Film award at Cinèma du Réel (Paris, 2011).


Natasha Despotovic

Executive Director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development with offices in Washington D.C. and New York. A graduate in philosophy and Spanish, French and English literature and linguistics. In her extensive and diverse international career, Despotovic has held-high-level positions in the private, public, non-governmental, and multilateral sectors in Europe, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. She is the Director of the Dominican Environmental Film Festival.


Edoardo Fracchia

Born in August 1953, Turin - Italy, where he graduated in Medicine in 1979. In 1984, together Elena Filippini and Stefano Tealdi, he founded Stefilm. Since 1988 he wrote several treatments for documentaries shot in Italy and around the world following them up as line-producer and/or co-director. From 2000 he runs writing and production lab (Documentary in Europe, Docu Regio, Zelig School, Raccontare l'Avventura-Trento Film Festival, Lab Media, Bottega Finzioni-Bologna). As a producer he trained and followed most of Stefilm's productions “first director". Member of the Documentary in Europe board, he has decades of experience as tutor in workshop on documentaries production.


Fredrik Gertten

Fredrik Gertten is a Swedish director and journalist. His latest works, Big Boys Gone Bananas! (2012) and Bananas! (2009), have been shown in over 80 countries, including Sundance, Berlinale, Hot Docs, IDFA, Melbourne IFF, Sao Paulo IFF, and Sheffield.


Francesco Giaivia

Head of film selection for CinemAmbiente Film Festival.


Enrico Giovannone

Born in Chieti in 1978, he founded BabyDoc Film in 2007. He has produced and edited, among others, the documentary Rata Nece Biti (The war there will be!), by Daniel Gaglianone, 2009 (David di Donatello), The Future of the World goes from here, by Andrea Deaglio (Joris Ivens award at Cinema du Reel), Screw Recovery, by Enrico Verra, Rai2 "Tracks", the fictional film Peter, by Daniel Gaglianone (Locarno Film Festival, International Competition). He also edited the film Rust, by Daniel Gaglianone, produced by Fandango (official selection Days / Venice Days).


Lorenzo Hendel

Lorenzo Hendel was born in Florence on December 1950.
In 1988 he moved to Rome, and kept working in RAI3 as television director. 
Meanwhile his job as a documentary director led him around the world on
travel. He directed “Tepuy, viaggio alle origini del mondo ("Tepuy, a Travel at the Origins of the World)”, shot in Venezuela (1997), “Groenlandia, il lungo tramonto ("Greenland, the Long Lasting Sunset")” (1998), and “Akha, quando il vento soffiava ("Akha, When the Wind Blew")”, shot in Thailand (2000). 

In 2003/2005 he directed his first fiction feature film for cinema, “Quando i bambini giocano in cielo"("When Children Play in the Sky), completely shot in Greenland. This film won several awards, as best Feature Film at Ischia Film Festival, Maremetraggio Festival in Trieste and Festival Cinemountain in Cervinia, and further awards in Sulmona Film Festival, Autrans Festival (France) and Bellinzona Festival "Castellinaria" (Switzerland).
In 2006 he realized "Giò Marrazzo, l'amore per la verità" ("Giò Marrazzo, lover for truth")  for DOC3 “Quando le mani si parlano” ("When the hands speak"), and in 2007 “Pio La Torre, il figlio della terra” ("Pio La Torre, the Son of the Land").
Since 2007 up to June 2013 he was in charge of DOC3 (Rai Tre). He selected the documentaries to buy and co produce, and together with the authors he followed all the projects in their development. He was a member of many Commissioning Editors Panels in the most important International Pitching Forums, such as: IDFA in Amsterdam, Hot Docs in Toronto, Barcelona Pitching Forum, Doc Edge in Kolkata (India), Thessaloniki (Greece), Below Zero Pitching Forum (Tromso, Norway),  Doc Meeting Argentina (Buenos Aires) Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle (France), Sheffield (United Kingdom), Asian Side of the Doc (Tokyo, Japan), Documentary in Europe (Bardonecchia, Italy) and many others
He took part in several international juries, such as Idfa, Hot Docs, Mipcom, Roma International Film Festival, and many others.
On October 2014 he wrote the book "Dramaturgy of Documentary Cinema. Storylines and Production Experiences to Tell the Reality", published by Dino Audino, Rome.

Paolo Manera

Born in Turin (1967), where he lives and works. He graduated in Literature with a thesis on cinema.
Since 1989 he worked for film programs, seminars and events (National Cinema Museum, International Festival Cinema Giovani, Aiace Turin, Archivio Nazionale Cinematografico della Resistenza, Centre Culturel Français, Centro Studi Cinematografici - C.S.C., Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema, La Città del Cinema…).
Since 1991 he works as film critic and editor. From 1999 to 2003 he worked at the Turin Film Festival – Cinema Giovani being in charge of the program for Concorso Internazionale Cortometraggi (International Short Films Contest), from 2000 to 2002 also as web projects consultant and programming assistent.
Since 2000 he has been author/consultant/editor for documentaries, web projects, screenplays, radios and TVs (for RaiRadio2, RaiSat, Tele+, La7). Since 2004 he is administrator and freelance consultant for several associations and festivals in Italy and abroad (Mainz, Uppsala, Torino, Imola, Pesaro-Segnali Luminosi…).
He is member of the jury in Lisbon, Uppsala, Regensburg, Imola, Venezia-Circuito Off.
From 2006 to 2015 he works at the Turin Piedmont Film Commission, where he handles the Piemonte Doc Film Fund and web projects. Since 2015 he becomes the director of Film Commission Torino Piemonte.


Jerry Rothwell

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature documentaries, Donor Unknown, Town of Runners, Heavy Load, and Deep Water. In 2012 he won a prestigious Royal Television Award for Donor Unknown and Town of Runners. His next film will be Sour Grapes for Netflix and Arte co-directed with Reuben Atlas.


Nevina Satta

CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission and vice president of the Italian Film Commission Association (IFC), Satta is currently board member of Cineregio, the EU network of Regional Film Funds. Born in Sardinia, she earned a degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in cultural-media studies and visual anthropology from the University of  Milan, where she began her career as filmmaker and producer. Before returning to her native Sardinia after an absence of 20 years, she was based in Los Angeles for 10 years, where she developed and produced narrative features and documentaries. She works as consultant for international film festivals and as architect for training initiatives (including the Locarno Film Festival for 18 years, the African Asian Latin American Film Festival, Milan, among others). Together with her husband, she founded the Unicef-endorsed Traveling Film School, a non-profit organization that provides free film and theater training to children in underdeveloped regions around the world; in addition, they developed the Fair Trade Cinema Protocol. She  specializes in sustainability in the creative industries and audiovisual industry funds and institutions.


Valentin Thurn

Director of documentaries for German and international TV channels and cinema, Thurn has won numerous national and international awards, including the German Environmental Media Award, Atlantis Best Film, Eating City Special Award, and Econsense Journalist Award.  His film Taste the Waste has been seen by more than 130,000 viewers in Germany alone and has been shown on TV in more than 30 countries worldwide. It has been awarded various times, together with the sequel Food Savers and the best-seller about the same topic, food waste. His new film 10 Billion – What’s on Your Plate? about solutions to feed the world had its cinema release in 2015 and is accompanied, again, by a book and an online campaign.


Diego Volpi

Born in 1980. After a degree in History, he studied Screenplay and drama at Holden School in Torino. He's an editor, in 2007 he's one of the founders of Fotogramma25, production company that first produced fiction films, then moved to the documentaries production. Since 2014 is part of the EIE company production team. EIE has international experirences in the documentaries production, most of them on green issues. He attended several workshops and european training initiatives, as DocuRegio, Documentary Campus, Documentary in Europe.


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