SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE


MovieTravel can count on the excellent collaboration of the following cinema experts:

Giorgio Placereani, Carlo Gaberseck, Livio Jacob, Carlo Montanaro, Francesco Pitassio, Sophia Wong Boccio, Fulvio Toffoli, Kevin Brownlow, Patrick Stanbury, Russell Merritt, David Robinson, Frank Dabell and Jay Weissberg.


Born in Burano (Venice) on June 26, 1946. He writes about cinema and photography in different magazines and publications, works professionally in cinema and TV, collaborates in the organization of festivals and reviews, and in particular for the silent film festival Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone. With schools and public and private Public authority (as the Centro Iniziative Culturali di Pordenone which hosted in 2006 the Mostra Prima dei Lumière, dedicated to its collections) organizes Cinema and Directors History Courses, using the materials collected in its own Archive since 24 March 2010 has become the Associazione Culturale Archivio Carlo Montanaro. Mass Media Teacher and re-elected in 2006 Direttore dell'Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, retired in November 2010; From 1998 to 2011 he also teached at the Facoltà di Lettere dell’Università di Ca’ Foscari. Among the publications: POTEVANO ESSERE FILM, IL CINEMA DI ELIO BARTOLINI (1998); The biography of Francesco Pasinetti in the PROFILI VENEZIANI DEL NOVECENTO (1999); DALL’ARGENTO AL PIXEL: STORIA DELLA TECNICA DEL CINEMA, Le Mani, Recco (2005). In 2006 has been responsible for the audiovisual exhibition for exhibitions Pontus Hulten: Artisti da una collezione (IVSLA, Venice, catalog Skira) and Luigi Russolo: Vita e opere di un futurista (MART, Rovereto, Catalog Skira). In 2007 he collaborated with the Catalog of the Mostra Vertigo, Il secolo di arte off-media dal futurismo al web, which inaugurated the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna (MAMbo, Catalog of Skira). In 2014, he was responsible for the audiovisual complement to the Mostra Man Ray (Azienda Speciale Villa Manin di Passiariano, Catalogo Skira) and the Exhibition (with catalog) dedicated to lMONDO NOVO nello spazio culturale Vuitton with the materials of the Fondazione Musei di Venezia. President of the Regional Committee for the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Francesco Pasinetti conceived and coordinated between 2011 and 2013 about twenty events promoting the restoration of all his films (with Istituto Luce together with Cineteca Italiana and Cineteca Nazionale) “La scoperta del Cinema” e il suo cinema: 19 films and 5 extra features). It has opened La Fabbrica del Vedere, an institute dedicated to the preservation and disclosure of testimonies and works on reproducibility of images with an exhibition space (www.fabbricadelvedere.it). In 2015 he left the Presidency of the Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema (AIRSC). In the Venetian context, he is vice-President of Alliance Française and, since 2013, President of the Università Popolare di Venezia. Many events (cinema concerts, audiovisual events - Prometeo di Alexander Skrjabin- Magia con Silvan…), created and conducted with Associazione Culturale MusicaVenezia. Between 2014 and 2016, under his direction, cured the publications of ALL’ARCHIMEDE, Quarterly of the Associazione Culturale Archivio Carlo Montanaro, viewable on the website www.archiviocarlomontanaro.it.

Sophia Wong Boccio - 王曉菲

Born and raised in Hong Kong by parents who were part of Hong Kong’s film industry from the 1950’s through the 70’s.  Her father (Wong Tsao-she, 王朝䂀) was an award-winning editor with the Motion Picture and General Investment Co.Ltd, (國際電影懋業有限公司, MP & GI/電懋 in short) later reorganized as Cathay Organization (HK) Ltd.  (國泰機構(香港)(一九六五)有限公司), and her mother (Yu Wan-fei, 余婉菲), an actress with Sil-Metropole Organization Ltd. (銀都機構有限公司) Growing up “on the sets” of these film studios, Sophia became both interested in, and an advocate of, Asian film. Sophia’s business career first took her to China where she spent almost a decade working for Marc Rich & Co., a large Swiss multinational corporation. As Managing Director of its Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Sophia was responsible for over $400 Million (U.S.) in annual trading activity.  In the early 1990’s, while working as the Beijing-based Country Director of a U.S. agribusiness trade association, Sophia launched a SOPHIA’S CHOICE movie series in Beijing, setting the stage for this current endeavor.  In collaboration with the China Film Export & Import Corp., SOPHIA’S CHOICE brought Chinese films and cultural exchange with the films’ actors and directors to Beijing’s expatriate and diplomatic community. In the late-1990’s, during a two-year residency in Sydney, Australia, Sophia curated two independent retrospective Chinese and Hong Kong film festivals on behalf of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office and the People’s Republic of China Consulate in Sydney.  In 1999, Sophia also became the Hong Kong Consultant for Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) and continues to support the festival as the official Cantonese (and also Mandarin) Chinese translator for the festival’s VIP guests.In 2000, Sophia relocated to Chicago with her husband, Michael, and they have  made Chicago their permanent home.  Inspired by Chicago’s diverse and vibrant culture, Sophia applied her business acumen to supporting Chicago’s arts community as Managing Director of the Chicago International Film Festival (2000-2007), Executive Director of Fulcrum Point New Music Project (2007-2013), and Managing Director of Redmoon Theater (2013-2014). Sophia is passionate about, and committed to bringing SOPHIA’S CHOICE to Chicago, supporting Chicago as one of the world’s diversified arts and culture capitals.

 


MOVIETRAVEL ANGELS

  RICCARDA AMIGONI   Aquarium, born in 1971 in the beautiful city estrusca Adria (which gave the name to the sea and the birthplace of the famous bread loaf), but bolognese by adoption, I'll be the  Amélie Poulain  that will take care of you!   Graduated in History of contemporary art, I lived in London for several years and i was curator, assistant and organizer of exhibitions in various contemporary art galleries of the West End.   I have also lived in Rome where I've worked in theatrical shows, next to directors and art directors as help-corographer, scenography and costumes.   I'm still working today with energy and passion to live in the world of art, being a living model at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.   I have an insatiable curiosity to discover new unusual places, original people and new works of art in the daily life that endlessy is dancing in front of our eyes.   The art is for me a reason for living and expression. Every time, in every posing as a model, I find an inspirational experience, as if it were a pretension to be born again, inebriating myself of life and of comparison with the students portrays and sculpting me.  I talks with charisma, love and complicity, for those who know me grasp, giving intense emotions that in the end are transformed into vivid colours.   Every moment is a pretext for giving space to life, love and creativity. Without art, my Frida Kahlo, the randomness beauty of things, a champagne, a poodle at my side, my Nikon, my vintage perfumes and my films to enjoy in solitude .... I could never live!!   "We enrich our eyes and hearts to the dreams of the night"   

RICCARDA AMIGONI

Aquarium, born in 1971 in the beautiful city estrusca Adria (which gave the name to the sea and the birthplace of the famous bread loaf), but bolognese by adoption, I'll be the Amélie Poulain that will take care of you!


Graduated in History of contemporary art, I lived in London for several years and i was curator, assistant and organizer of exhibitions in various contemporary art galleries of the West End.


I have also lived in Rome where I've worked in theatrical shows, next to directors and art directors as help-corographer, scenography and costumes.


I'm still working today with energy and passion to live in the world of art, being a living model at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.


I have an insatiable curiosity to discover new unusual places, original people and new works of art in the daily life that endlessy is dancing in front of our eyes.


The art is for me a reason for living and expression. Every time, in every posing as a model, I find an inspirational experience, as if it were a pretension to be born again, inebriating myself of life and of comparison with the students portrays and sculpting me.

I talks with charisma, love and complicity, for those who know me grasp, giving intense emotions that in the end are transformed into vivid colours.


Every moment is a pretext for giving space to life, love and creativity.
Without art, my Frida Kahlo, the randomness beauty of things, a champagne, a poodle at my side, my Nikon, my vintage perfumes and my films to enjoy in solitude .... I could never live!!


"We enrich our eyes and hearts to the dreams of the night"

 

  SONIA ORTOLAN   Born in Venice, she spent her childhood in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and, after living in Trento, Milan, Valdobbiadene and Gemona del Friuli, she is presently based in Belluno.  Tireless globetrotter, fascinated by Africa, where he hopes to return for good one day, she left her heart in Egypt, where she found the magic of an incredible country.  Mother of four children, she always brought them with her from birth and learned to get organized carefully to be able to face any difficulty with creativity.  Years ago she finally found the camper of her dreams, with which she tours with her kids throughout Italy, in search of the most beautiful places.  She loves travelling in the company of others and is looking forward to driving soon through the african desert in the footsteps of our ancestors. She adores going to the theater and reading and her house is full of books and specialized tourist guides.  Excellent cook, she loves sampling local cuisine of the places she visit. There is no place that does not like to go to, because ..... "Give me a suitcase and a road, and you'll have a happy person!".

SONIA ORTOLAN

Born in Venice, she spent her childhood in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and, after living in Trento, Milan, Valdobbiadene and Gemona del Friuli, she is presently based in Belluno.

Tireless globetrotter, fascinated by Africa, where he hopes to return for good one day, she left her heart in Egypt, where she found the magic of an incredible country.

Mother of four children, she always brought them with her from birth and learned to get organized carefully to be able to face any difficulty with creativity.

Years ago she finally found the camper of her dreams, with which she tours with her kids throughout Italy, in search of the most beautiful places.

She loves travelling in the company of others and is looking forward to driving soon through the african desert in the footsteps of our ancestors. She adores going to the theater and reading and her house is full of books and specialized tourist guides.

Excellent cook, she loves sampling local cuisine of the places she visit. There is no place that does not like to go to, because ..... "Give me a suitcase and a road, and you'll have a happy person!".

  GIULIO MASSIMO BAISTROCCHI   Born in Rome on 21/04/79.  Son and grandson of diplomats, he grew up in Brazil and Spain.  He attended French schools in Rome and studied art in London.  Since he was little has mingled with the international aristocracy but lives and works very well with farmers and nature lovers, too.  Professional painter, he has exhibited his art works at the Venice Biennale Diffusa, in London, Slovenia, Austria, and Italy.  Lover and conoisseur of roses he works as a consultant for several national and international gardens and rose gardens. A few years ago he made a low cost tour around the world, reaching 20 countries in 5 months, before settling down for four months in Scandinavia.  He does not understand why he has decided to stop and live in Udine.

GIULIO MASSIMO BAISTROCCHI

Born in Rome on 21/04/79.

Son and grandson of diplomats, he grew up in Brazil and Spain.

He attended French schools in Rome and studied art in London.

Since he was little has mingled with the international aristocracy but lives and works very well with farmers and nature lovers, too.

Professional painter, he has exhibited his art works at the Venice Biennale Diffusa, in London, Slovenia, Austria, and Italy.

Lover and conoisseur of roses he works as a consultant for several national and international gardens and rose gardens. A few years ago he made a low cost tour around the world, reaching 20 countries in 5 months, before settling down for four months in Scandinavia.

He does not understand why he has decided to stop and live in Udine.