“Feelmare” started out as a gift. To an island, Ponza, that gave a lot of itself to the world. This is what Cecilia Chianese thinks. A degree in Performing Arts and Science and a passion for cinema, which brought her to write for magazines like “Eidos - Cinema Psyche e Arti Visive” and “Sentieri Selvaggi” and to collaborate with festivals in Italy and abroad. All other members of the cultural association Eikon also agree, and with their enthusiasm and work they have contributed to realising this dream: her sister Francesca, Matilde Aguerre, Francesca Cerbini, Flavia Filiaci, Laura Sinceri and Maria Vittoria Pellecchia. A free, daring project, that brings several local initiatives into a synergy (being, in fact, a partnership with Antonello Aprea, the organizer of the live festival “Onderoad”), since 2014 Feelmare has aimed to bring back cinema to the island. And take it back to the public, of whatever kind and anywhere they may be. In the main square, of course, but also on the roads – unpaved roads, alleyways, uphill lanes. The cinema right to your doorstep.
Once the screen is mounted on their small, nippy Apecar, no terrain is impassable, no spectator is unreachable. «We wanted to recreate the atmosphere of the old village festivals» says Cecilia Chianese. «The idea was that an old lady could also enjoy the show, bringing her comfy chair from her house and placing it in front of her doorway». However, “Feelmare” is not just for cinephiles. The projections of this travelling festival are dedicated to all, locals and tourists, fans and novices. Cult titles of Italian and foreign comedy alternate with films for families and art films. From 2015, the calendar has been expanded by “Feelmare DOC”, a two-day event of documentaries on contemporary themes.
The story has been written by Ida Amlesù, writer.