Christian Cordella is a renowned Italian fashion designer who has designed for both films, video games and animation. His costume design credits include Spiderman Homecoming, Logan, Into the Woods, Avenger, and many more Hollywood hits. He is in the 8th generation of successful Italian fashion designers, having taken illustration courses in Milan and has graduated for Scenic/Costume Design in the Academy Fine Art Brera with the highest honors.
Siobhan Nestor is a Costume Technician with over 20 years of experience building costumes for the performing arts. She holds an MFA in Costume Production from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. On Broadway Siobhan has built costume for shows such as Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Book of Mormon. She has spent time at Williamstown Theater Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and The New York City Ballet. Siobhan is currently a Principal Women's Draper at The Metropolitan Opera. She lives in Jersey City with her husband and two sons.
Ann Roth is a Tony Award winning costume designer whose film credits include Broadway hits such as Fish in the Dark, A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, The Nance (Tony Award®), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Singin’ in the Rain, Waiting for Godot, and The Odd Couple. She has worked on films such as The English Patient (Academy Award®), Julie & Julia, The Reader, Doubt, Closer, The Village, Cold Mountain, The Hours, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Birdcage, and Midnight Cowboy. She has over 100 credits in the industry,
President and Artistic Director of the Academy of Italian Cinema David di Donatello Awards
Piera Detassis is a prominent Italian film critic, journalist, TV and radio film commentator, film curator and festival director. She has directed the Tavolara Film Festival and the Rome International Film Festival among others. In 2001, she was selected as a member of the official jury of the Venice International Film Festival. In 2007, she curated the retrospective called “Italian Leading Ladies,” which was presented in New York and at the Locarno Film Festival. She has been CIAK Magazine’s editor-in-chief for more than two decades. In 2019, after concluding her experience at CIAK, she became editor-at-large for cinema and entertainment at ELLE. Since 2018 Detassis is the President and Artistic Director of the Academy of Italian Cinema David di Donatello Awards.
Emmy award and Bafta Award nominated Italian costume designer who has worked on film and opera. His film credits include Van Helsing (directed by Steven Sommers) The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Mingella), Divergent, The Rite, and more. His opera credits include working with Liliana Cavani for the Milano production of La
Milena Canonero is an Italian film and stage producer as well as a costume designer and four-time Academy Award winner for best Costume Design. Her credits include Barry Lindon, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Marie Antoinette, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Shining, and Chariots of Fire.
Donna Zakwska is a costume designer who has gained critical acclaim for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her credits include John Adams, and she has also been able to succeed in bringing out the 1950’s in the series in a rich and colorful manner. Her ideas for the show are inspired by not just color, but by the characters themselves, dressing up Miriam in vibrant colors and inspired by the settings of New York during the time period.
Screenwriter of Stolen Caravaggio
From 1992 until 1996, Angelo Pasquini taught seminars on script-writing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The national school of cinematography) in Rome. During the same period, he also taught workshops on screenwriting in several specialist schools and universities including, the Scuola Holden and DAMS, at the University of Turin;
During the 2002-2003 academic year he taught the MA course on "Writing for Cinema" and the undergraduate workshop on "Theory and techniques of scriptwriting" (2002/2003 and 2006-2007) at the the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia of the University "La Sapienza" in Rome;
From 2006 until 2011 he taught a workshop in scriptwriting at the University of Padua (Cinematographic language), as part of the course taught by prof. Mario Brenta and Critical History of Cinema, as part of the course offered by prof. Giorgio Tinazzi (Dams).
He has published theoretical articles on script-writing, analysis of his own activity and in general on the topics of Italian contemporary cinema in numerous specialized cinema journals
President of Controluce
Chief of Planning for David di Donatello Awards
Massimo Mascolo has been with the Academy of Italian Cinema David di Donatello Awards since 2003 and chief of planning for the awards ceremonies since 2010. In 2004 Massimo started re-organizing the historical photographic and audiovisual archives of the David di Donatello. He curated the official feature documentary for the 50th Anniversary of the Film Awards (2006) and co-curated a special issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2016).
Roberto Bessi, born into a film-making family, Roberto’s career as a producer spans nearly four decades. He is a driving force behind the State Film School of Rome (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia), which prepares young filmmakers. Roberto is widely respected for his filmmaking innovations, his creativity in resolving filming challenges, and his organizational and leadership skills. He is the CEO of Empire Studios in Rome and teaches the business aspects of filmmaking at Tor Vegata University in Rome and the European School of Economics in London. Roberto produced Modigliani (directed by Mile Davis, starring Andy Garcia), and A Good Woman (directed by Mike Baker, with Helen Hunt, Scarlet Johansson and Tom Wilkinson), and was line producer for Ladyhawk (directed by Richard Donner, starring Michelle Pfeiffer).
Recent Films:Terzo Tempo (release in October 2013), Amori Elementari (post-production, release in December 2013), Mozzarella Stories (in post-production), Ten Winters (Dieci Inverni, 2009-2010; received 28 awards), Red Gold (2012 release), The Etruscan Mask (2007), Modigliani (2004, released in France). Finding Happiness is Roberto’s first venture into the spiritual documentary genre. He was pleased to bring his vast experience to a film with an uplifting message for humanity, and to establish a relationship with Swami Kriyananda and further his personal quest as a truth seeker.
Partner at Promixa
Claudio Napoli became a partner at Proxima (1990s), which soon became the leading Italian company for visual effects in cinema. Between 1996 and 2010 Claudio worked on many film productions collaborating with acclaimed directors such as Tornatore, Angelopoulos, Parenti, D’Alatri, Verdone, Zeffirelli and Monicelli. He has been nominated for a David di Donatello Award in the Best VFX category for six consecutive years, winning in 2006 for the film Romanzo Criminale/Crime Novel directed by Michele Placido.
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Founder and Director of Italian Cinema - CUNY
Eugenia Paulicelli is the founder and director of Italian Cinema – CUNY (IC-CUNY) and Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Her multidisciplinary research has been supported by several grants: a Mellon Mays, and from the Italian Foreign Ministry, Mellon Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities, several from PS-CUNY and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Queens College. She has also been granted international awards such as the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in 2013; and the Italian Ambassador of Design in Johannesburg South Africa in 2019, and others. She is founder and coordinator of the Concentration in Fashion Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Queens College, she is currently Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Italian
Daniela Ciancio, an Italian costume designer and is a member of the European Film Academy Board as well as the Italian Academy of Cinema David de Donatello. with a degree in Art Direction. She has won two David di Donatello's (Italy's Academy Awards) for her work in Il Resto de Niente and The Great Beauty. Her credits widen from television, opera and theater both in Italy and abroad.
Costume Designer and Costume Historian
Deepsikha Chatterjee is a costume designer and costume historian. At Hunter College she enjoys teaching a diverse student body helping them visualize play scripts and ideas into living, breathing characters. She teaches students how to sew, make patterns, make masks, run wardrobe, and create their own work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially India, their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks, and makeup. At Hunter College, she teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Stage Makeup. Here she received an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor Award in 2015. Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 and 2017 by United Solo for her design of Butoh Medea and Hide Your Fire.