Luca Ottocento, who graduated from Fil.Co.Spe at Roma Tre University with a thesis on the intensified forms of contemporary narrative cinema, is a journalist and cinema critic, a collaborator with several magazines, a writer for Movieplayer.it and head of selection for the Festival Pontino del Cortometraggio. Michele Catalano is the creative director of the advertising agency Fiori di Zucca, and is in charge of both video and graphics. He has spent years directing musical videos and short films, and since 2010 he has been the creative director of the Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea Città di Latina and of the cultural festival “In GiarDino”, in Sabaudia. Together, Luca and Michele, have made the short film “Ora ti vedo” (Now I see You).
Their project is now called “Latina Gira”. It is a summer camp to learn about cinema and aimed at teenagers from 13 to 18 years old, first of all finalized at enhancing young talent and the Pontina area, that is the background to the entire project. It uses the tenacious enthusiasm that the friends possess and the solidity that comes from the partners’ skills, a great added value. “Latina Gira” aims to combine training urgency in audiovisuals with the possibility of a cinema festival that livens up the town’s cultural season. 3 – 4 weeks when the young participants move from practice, under the aegis of valid teachers, to creating a real short film. And at the weekends: festivals with well known directors who introduce their films in Piazza del Popolo, shown to the public.
The intention is to light a fuse, so that the youngsters will begin their image education and can create their first filmed story. And – why not? – embarking on their second.
The story has been written by Gabriele Di Fronzo, writer.