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Making Of La Mia Mantia

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Published on Aug 5, 2011

The whole idea of shooting "La Mantia Mia" was to bring cinema to Amantea, a town where the only connection to the projection of images is an outdoor cinema that some summers chooses not to open.

Recently the amount of young people who abandon their studies, has risen in this region. Adding to that, those who have completed their studies, decide to go north or other nations. In December 2010, four months before starting to shoot, I gave a few lectures in the local schools. The purpose of these lectures was to motivate young minds into fulfilling their dreams. I thought of this film, as an example of what it is to claim your roots, and above all solving the problems the southern Italy faces. I wanted to show people my perspective on this but by involving them, so that the experience would turn into something much deeper.We shot in locations carefully chosen to give old places a fresh look. We involved three orchestras, fishermen, theater actors and even people who had never experienced the magic of being in front of a camera.
We did the project with the minimum, opting for a self-sustainable film. We covered our travel expenses to get to Amantea, while a Hotel sponsored our accomodation and meals. The rental of equipment and figuration was covered with the help of the Amantea Municipality, private entities and locals who offered their time and support. All technicians are film students who believed in this project and provided their visual work and talent, pushing sound and visual quality to the best of our ability. This gave our project a professional production design, where the budget never went off its limits, as often happens with student projects.

We envision cinema as a medium for social and political discourse, but not partisan, much more humane and plural.

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