Updated December 20, 2017
Before saying “Hello” to the new year, we give you some updates on the filming of STUDIO2091-a Venetian story! In December, we saw Venice through the eyes of Andrea Buffolo, photographer-alchemist specialized in ancient techniques of photographic printing.
We saw the city that Andrea lives every day, and it was as meeting it for the first time. It is really true that changing points of view opens consciousness, mind and knowledge.
The four protagonists of this docufilm are taking us into their Venice, in their personal way of living and seeing the place that everyone, even those who have never been there, call the most beautiful city in the world.
Updated November 17, 2017
And after the Netherlands here we are in our first shooting session in Venice, which shows us the snow-capped Dolomites in the background of St. Mark’s Square. The sun shines, the air is fresh and clean. With our artisan of the recycled sails Camilla Morelli, we take the waterbus to Fondamenta Nuove and get to Chioggia, where she works with at the sailmaker’s shop Sail & Rigging.
Today Camilla has to repair a sail, assemble and sew another brand new one. The shooting camera of the director Naù Germoglio chases her movements between hung ropes and rolls of fabric. When the giant sewing machine comes into operation, we hear the noise that reminds us of that we can listen in the teaser of “STUDIO2091”.
On our return to Venice, after a great lunch at the restaurant “Lanterna Blu” – the meeting place for the sailors of the port of Chioggia – we take the waterbus and get back to Venice, which welcomes us with a wonderful sunset.
Dear friends, readers and supporters,
The shooting of our docufilm “STUDIO2091 – A Venetian story” has started in Holland, at The Hague, the city of origin of sculptor Alexandra van der Leeuw, one of the four protagonists. We walked through the steps and visited the places that led her to choose Venice as the city of her soul.
This October sun, very warm even in the North, has accompanied us for four days. It was a great start, and we cannot wait to continue!
Thanks again to our sponsor Berengo spa, to our main partner Limosa and to the 108 people who from all over the world have supported the crowdfunding that allows us to realize this project.
Aggiornamento del 20 luglio 2017
Here is the list of the wonderful people who have supported us from all over the world on Kickstarter. To all of them we say a huge “Thank you”!
MAIN SPONSOR: Berengo Spa
MAIN PARTNER: Limosa-Slow Venice
GUIDO DETTONI della GRAZIA // ANNA FANEL // RICCARDO ALBARELLO // ESTER MONTAQUILA // STEFANO FERRARIO // SILVANO PICCARDI // CARLOTTA MORELLI // GAIA RINIERI // SAUL // BEN KOCH // ALESSIA MORELLI // TOWSOSAI // ALESSANDRO SMALI (Associate Producer)
PAOLO CAPOBIANCO // GABRIELLA MALERBA // CHIARA BELUSSI (FONDERIE ARIOTTI) // FABIO ZANARDI // MICHELE FORNARI // MAZZARO MARICA // FRANCO ZANARDI // JENNY CAPOBIANCO
VINCENZO CAPOBIANCO // CARMINE DEGANELLO // SARA FURLANELLO // LEONARDO AGOSTI // LEONARDO MARTINI // FABIO MALCOVATI // FRANCESCO PARRELLA // JOAnn LOCKTOV // ANDREA ZAGATO // GIORGIO PUCCIO // ANTONELLA COZZI // SABINA DAL MASO (MINUTI ARREDAMENTI) // CHIARA PIRONATO // FRANCESCO SELANDARI
MARTA MARCOLIN // ANNA SANDRI // LORENA PIZZATTI // GIULIA CIVETTINI // SILVIA CIVETTINI // PAOLO LODIGIANI // ISABELLA PAPAGNA // ANNA TOSCANO // SIMONE RADDI // GIANLUIGI BRESCIANI // SHELBY DONNELLY // FURIO RAVERA // ANDREA MISEROCCHI // MARIA LUISA PALA // ROBERTO RIGHI // ARMANDO BALLERINI // GIULIANO CAIMI // RINALDO SALINO
CHERYL HOCHBERG // FOSCA URBANI // ELISABETTA ROSSI BERARDUCCI VIVES // ROBERTO MONTAGNA // MADOKA HAMA // ORSOLA POGGI // CHIARA SALATIN // ANNA BOSCOLO MEO // GIORGIA SOI // GIULIA SALZANO // FRANCESCO PENZO // DIANA PENELLO // SHANISE NG // LIBRERIA MARE DI CARTA // GIORGIA AFFINITO // JOREEL BOON // DANIELA PALA // PATRIZIA CAPOBIANCO // ANNA MARINELLI
NATHALIE QUADRIO // MARCO SCARPA // ELENA GUALANDI // IVANA PIZZATTI SERTORELLI // MILENA PIZZATTI SERTORELLI // EVELYN LEVEGHI // MARTINA TANJI DI IULIO // MARCO GALASSO // DANN ROSENBERG POLACK // PAOLA SAVINO // IVANA SERTO // PATRIZIA TONIN // MONICA DANIELE // CATERINA MAZZA // ELISA CAMPANA // YOKO KUROKAWA // MAXIM WALLER
ANNA NENNA // GIOVANNA DRAGO // GIULIA MARCHINO // FLAVIA FASANO // CAMILLA MORELLI // ALESSIA MORELLI // MARCO MARTINI // ROSANGELA SAPUTO // SUMIKO SATSUTA // ANTONIO PORRO // GIOVANNA VOLPI //
Update on May the 18th, 2017
Four stories of art and crafts, a warehouse and the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. Here is the documentary film we will shoot thanks to the support of 108 international backers!
Dear readers and friends,
We are delighted to announce that thanks to the support of 108 backers from all over the world, we have been able to collect more than 10 thousand Euros to support the production costs of docufilm STUDIO2091 – a Venetian story!!!
Anyone who wants to continue on supporting us and joining the project, can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Venetian project, launched at mid-May on the American Kickstarter platform, has been a real success and we are looking forward to start shooting it!! We will begin in September 2017 and end by the spring of 2018.
We can celebrate this great satisfaction thanks to 108 people who have believed in the strength of an idea and a project that we have been able to pursue through our passion for hidden and silent stories of excellence, that deserve to be told .
This docufilm, which we want to apply to international film and documentary festivals, is dedicated to Venice, to its magical and mysterious soul, which conquers many people.
We think that Venice is the ideal city for the development of talent and arts. We will talk about that through the eyes of four people who are in love with this unique city.
Thank you so much for your support, we will shortly publish on this page all the names of the people who supported us.
A dear embrace from storiedichi.com staff!
Post published on 18th May 2017
The last months have been challenging, intense, and so exciting. Finally we can tell you why!
Today – on the American Platform Kickstarter – we started our crowdfunding campaign to tell a story that we have kept in pur heart for a long time: that of STUDIO2091, a 65-square-foot warehouse at the “2091” civic number of Santa Croce district in Venice, where two artists, a craftsman and a photographer-alchemist work together.
We want to tell their stories and those of their artifacts in a 50-minute documentary film, the minimum format required for participation in international festivals of cinema and documentary.
We think it’s an original and engaging way of making the storiedichi.com project be known even out of Italy, by promoting the value of manual work, the beauty of slow rhythms, the importance of the tranquility that thinking and reflection need to accomplish.
We believe that Venice is the ideal and perfect city to express yourself and you talents.
The documentary film teaser, shot by our director Naù Germoglio, takes you into the atmosphere of STUDIO2091 – a Venetian story that we hope to shoot, thanks to your support, by the spring of 2018.
On this page we talk about the genesis of the project and the reasons that convinced us to launch a crowdfunding campaign!
We will keep you updated on the developments and we will be waiting for you on May 27th at Santa Croce 2091 in Venice(6.30pm) for a presentation aperitif!
Thank you for your interest in our stories!
When we entered the STUDIO2091 for the first time we felt inspired to tell its story through its protagonists: Masaru Kashiwagi, a Japanese sculpture who arrived in Venice 35 years ago; Camilla Morelli, an artisan born and raised in the mountains but in love with sails and the sea; Andrea Buffolo, an alchemist-photographer who grew up in the historical city center, but who always feels to have a foot in the water and a foot on the mainland; and Alexandra van der Leeuw, a Dutch sculptor and painter who has just started to work at STUDIO2091, and who lives in Venice half of the year carrying on a family tradition.
When we asked ourselves why we wanted to tell their stories in a Documentary film, we gave ourselves the following three answers:
❤ With our work, and according to storiedichi.com’s values, we help to promote the works and stories of four “excellent silent ones”, since they spend most of their time working in a place that is hidden from the public eye, even though they live in one of the most visited cities in the world: Venice.
❤ We talk about Venice through the eyes of those who live it every day, enjoying the city’s great merits but also fronting (with remarkable spirit and awareness) its many issues, such as mass tourism, its great cost of living, and very particular logistics, unlike any other city in the world.
❤ We are talk of an original and creative co-working experience, a form of shared work space that is still quite uncommon in Venice. This solution reconciles the need for room to express talent with the cost of leasing and management, which a single individual cannot often afford. In a city like Venice especially!
STUDIO 2091 – a Venetian story is representative of storiedichi.com values because it is the work and meeting place of four people who, in their intimate daily life and away from the spotlight, are faithful to their passions and produce works which are of interest to the public.
During filming, following the style of the documentary already made for storiedichi.com, the protagonists do not follow a script but rather tell their stories in a natural and spontaneous way.
Who works at STUDIO2091
MASARU KASHIWAGI, the artist who sculpts air
Japanese sculptor, he was born in Sendai (Prefecture of Miyagi), and arrived in Venice 35 years ago after attending an apprenticeship in the study of the Suga Shoen master craftsman in bronze art, Takaoka, in the Prefecture of Toyama (1976-1981). He displayed his works in a dozen personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He won two international art prizes in Japan. For some years now, in STUDIO2091, his bronze works break up the space with figures of men, women, dogs, hippos, monkeys, and even gourds and vegetables, expertly deriving from the weaves of a light metallic net that the artist covers with a thousand hand-cut copper tiles, attached one by one. The soul of these net sculptures is the air, the vacuum, which Masaru Kashiwagi sculpts with meticulousness and rigor.
CAMILLA MORELLI, the artisan who gives new life to sails
She was born in the mountain region of Valtellina, but even though she grew up in the mountains she has always been passionate about the sea and everything nautical. In the daytime, she collaborates with a sail shop where she cuts and knits boat sails; in the afternoons, in STUDIO2091, she creates handbags, wallets, key-chains and accessories with recycled sack-weed fabrics destined for landfills. Each creation by Camilla Morelli is accompanied by the brand label, Camoz, which illustrates the type of fabric that was used, the type of sails it comes from, and the seas it has navigated. Camilla began to give new life to still resistant and perfectly usable waste fabrics, after her work experience in La Rochelle’s French sail shop, where they recycled abandoned sails to turn them into everyday objects.
ANDREA BUFFOLO, the photographer-alchemist
He doesn’t like to define himself as “an artist” but rather as a free interpreter of the expression that – through various printing techniques, even very ancient – gives photographic images a new identity. Andrea Buffolo was born in Switzerland but lives in the historical center of Venice since the age of two. His work in STUDIO2091, mainly developed during nighttime, is a passion he shares by attending photographic printing workshops as a teacher between the cities of Venice and Florence. Student of Roberto Salbitani, and collaborator of the Nature Photography School, he has specialized over the years in the use of nineteenth-century printing techniques, including chrome rubber, blueprint, kallitype and salt paper.
ALEXANDRA VAN DER LEEUW, the artist who loves light
Originally from Holland, she lives between Venice and the Hague, her hometown. She was formed at the Amsterdam Fashion Academy, working alongside designer Frans Molenaar, and for several years he successfully designed couture collections for her clients. In 2002, Alexandra van der Leeuw decided to move from fashion to art, focusing primarily on bronze sculpture (based on the lost-wax cast technique) and on the processing of materials such as stone, terracotta, and wax. The sinuous and ethereal figures that emerge from her hands evoke lightness, in contrast to the weight of the material with which they are made. The artist also devotes herself to oil painting, finding inspiration in Venice’s beauty and light. She displays her work in Italy and in Europe. She has won international awards in Italy and France.
And don’t forget Toby, Masaru’s best friend and the Studio’s mascotte!
Production’s costs: why we need your support
“STUDIO2091 – a Venetian story” is not born yet! For the realization of our Documentary film – which will be filmed from this July to the end of the year 2017 – we need to collect 10,000.00 euros to cover production and editing costs, which will involve – in addition to Silvia Zanardi and Naù Germoglio – other film-making professionals. The funds for the project will be collected by Silvia Zanardi.
Your support is very important to reach the goal!
Production costs are broken down as follows:
– 20% covers the management of the crowdfunding and pocket expenses (travel operators, accommodation, meals and trips to Holland, Alexandra van der Leeuw’s place of origin, and in Valtellina, where Camilla Morelli was born and raised);
– 42% is accounted for post-production costs, which include installation (over two months), color grading, and Audio Finishing 5.1 (dolby surround) to film screenings;
– 38% covers the rental of audio and video in Full HD
To discover the rewards you will get by funding, visit the page of our crowdfunding campaign on this link:http://kck.st/2quJk8T
A special reward created by illustrator Maria Chiara Banchini
We are very pleased to give our backers a special and unique reward by Italian illustrator Maria Chiara Bachini, who works for the Italian newspaper Repubblica and important Italian publishing houses, such as DeAgostini and Fabbri Editore.
Maria Chiara Banchini has created this colorful portrait of the documentary film protagonists, which will decorate the shopper bags and the postcards we will send to our lovely backers! And if you are asking yourself who the fifth protagonist is…well, he is Toby, Masaru Kashiwagi’s best friend!!!
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