THOMAS TORELLI / Director & Writer
Thomas Torelli is a Rome based director and producer of films and documentaries with particular emphasis on those related to political and social themes. After a long experience as an editor and executive producer, Thomas founded Xtend in 2001, a company operating in the field of production and post-production for film and television, and in 2003, Telemaco.
He has collaborated with different roles at some of the most interesting titles of the independent Italian cinema of recent years such CRAJ by Davide Marengo, awarded the “Lino Miccichè Award” for the Best Opera Prima at the Venice Film Festival 2005 (co-editor); Dall’altra parte della Luna, the first Italian rockumentary, the story of the band Negramaro, presented at the Venice Film Festival 2007 (director of post-production).
In 2006 he served as executive producer and co-author with Giulietto Chiesa on Franco Fracassi and Francesco Trento’s feature documentary ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, where revealing presentations by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and American literary icon Gore Vidal explore the sequence of “contradictions, gaps, and omissions” in the official version of events. The film was presented at the International Film Festival of Rome 2007 and won the Audience Award at the Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México in 2008.
As a producer, Thomas has made several documentaries, including Dario Baldi’s Pablo – The poet’s lives, a journey to the memory of a great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, presented at the AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles 2005 and the Montreal Film Festival 2006. In 2007, Francesca Nava’s L’altro Messico – Il ritorno del Subcomandante Marcos, donating 50% of the profits to the Zapatista communities. Mario Balsamo’s Sognavo le nuvole colorate, the story of a 9 year old Albanian child who emigrated to Italy on a raft, alone without his parents, presented at the 2008 Locarno Film Festival. In 2009 he produced and directed Sangue e Cemento, the first documentary about the earthquake in Abruzzo, released in theaters and nominated at the Nastri d’Argento for Best Documentary of the Year. In 2011, he co-edited and produced, with the contribution of the Piedmont Film Commission, The Brat Syndrome by Alberto Coletta, a documentary about ADHD.
In 2012 Thomas wrote and directed Another World, which premiered at the 2014 RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival and the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival to wide public and critical acclaim.
Thomas is currently working on two projects. He is currently writing and directing Food Relovution: What we eat can make a difference (previously called Serial Killers: Unsuspecting Consumers), a feature documentary about the meat industry that examines the real costs of the meat culture as far as environmental impact, human health, world hunger and animal abuse are concerned. The film features interviews with prominent figures such as T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, Franco Berrino, Carlo Petrini, Frances Moore Lappé, Vandana Shiva, Peter Singer, Noam Mohr and James Wildman. It’s currently in production and aiming for completion by early 2016.
The second project in development is Mater Lagunae – Il racconto di una Regina fragile, a documentary about Venice. The film aims to present the spectacular yet perilous beauty of Venice through refined images. Mater Lagunae is not a documentary of inquiry, we do not want to analyze the causes of the problems and the forces that have driven the city to its current situation nor propose solutions. The main intention is to present its present condition through juxtaposing images of her breathtaking beauty and images of her pains and the violence that she endures. Directed by Thomas and written in collaboration with Sebastiano Vianello and Alberto Toso Fei, the film is being produced by Lucio Scarpa of Kublai Film.
RICCARDO GATTO, Bluma Lab Srl / Producer
Bluma Lab was born in 2010, after many years of experience in the field of post-production, both for film and for television. Bluma Lab is a multi-purpose facility, equipped with comfortable and functional rooms for video editing as well as a creative and technological workshop, which is able to provide innovative products such as television promos, trailers, commercial content or web 2.0. Its founder, Riccardo Gatto, has collaborated over the years – on behalf of Lotus Production – in important Italian productions such as In Coda ai Titoli by Riccardo Paoletti, presented at the International Film Festival of Rome in 2006 and Carlo! by Gianfranco Giagni and Fabio Ferzetti in 2012.
In 2011, after an encounter with Thomas Torelli, director of Sangue e Cemento, a collaboration was born that led to the creation of two ambitious projects: Another World – now finished, and the new Food Relovution, which examines the real costs of the meat culture. Another World is his first feature documentary as producer.
JORGE R. GUTIERREZ / Consultant & Associate Producer
Jorge R. Gutierrez is the Mexperimental writer/director, designer, luchador, painter and Super Macho cartoonista who created the multiple Annie & Emmy award winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon and directed The Book of Life (2014), which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Jorge is a consultant on Thomas Torelli’s project Another World and as sponsor for this project has become Associate Producer.
FRANCESCO PENNICA / Director of photography
Francesco attended film school at the DAMS – University of Bologna and at the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where he graduated in 2004 as a Cinematographer under the guidance of Giuseppe Rotunno, AIC ASC. He completed his education by working as assistant operator and as camera operator for features, tv series and documentaries for several years. He is currently working as a Director of Photography for many music videos, commercials, fictional projects and documentaries. The documentary 148 Stefano, I mostri dell’inerzia, which he photographed, won the Special Nastri d’Argento Award in 2012.
DONYE SACCO / Editor
Donye got her Master’s Degree in Advertising at Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan and a Master’s Degree in Directing at N.U.C.T. in Rome. She started her career in the business as first assistant director (for directors such as Giuseppe Gaudino, Isabella Sandri, Nicola De Rinaldo), second assistant director, and script girl (for Costanza Quatriglio).
Since 2003 she has worked as editor for features (Taxi Lovers – Best Edit Award, Busto Arsizio Film Festival), documentaries, commercials and short movies. She has been working as both director and editor for the tv show Screen Saver (Rai3) for four seasons now, as well as working as editor for Corrado Guzzanti (Recital, Aniene), Sabina Guzzanti (Vilipendio, Franca la prima), Emma Dante (Emma Dante, Sud Costa Occidentale – Best Edit AMC Award in 2012).
Written & Directed by: THOMAS TORELLI
Producer: RICCARDO GATTO (BLUMA LAB SRL)
Co-Producer: IVAN NOSSA
Co-Producer: MARCO BELARDI (LOTUS PRODUCTION SRL)
Consultant & Associate Producer: JORGE R. GUTIERREZ
Associate Producer: THOMAS TORELLI
Associate Producer: OWN AIR SRL
Editor: DONYE SACCO
Director of Photography: FRANCESCO PENNICA
Research and Development: VALENTINA IVANA CHIARAPPA
Camera operator: CARMELO CAMILLI (USA)
Camera operator: FABIO LACERENZA (MEXICO)
Camera operator: MIRCO DE VITO (NEPAL & RUSSIA)
Original Score: GIULIO DEL PRATO
Assistant Director: CLAUDIA PALAZZI
Assistant Director: MANUELA TEMPESTA
Graphic Design: GABRIELA RAMIREZ
Visual Effects: MARCO APPOLLONI
Sound Editor: EMANUELA DI GIUNTA
Sound Design: RINO D’ANNA
Another World poster art: Illustration: Gabriela Ramirez in collaboration with the amazing Sandra Equihua and our little Isabel.