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.