“Seven Acts of Mercy is representative of the way I like to shoot movies and it is strongly connected to what and how I teach here at New York Film Academy.”
New York Film Academy Grad Wins Best Short
New York Film Academy grad A. James Marcolin’s film I Am Alive won Best Short Film at the 2012 Boston International Film Festival. Marcolin originally attended a NYFA 4 week program and enjoyed the academy so much he came back for the 1 year filmmaking program. “The experience was really great because we always had access to equipment and it was incredibly hands-on. At NYFA, if you have great ideas you can make them a reality - nobody will stop you. I always had support from my professors, even the one’s who weren’t mine.
Marcolin will be screening his award winning short, I Am Alive, Saturday May 5 at 7:30 P.M. at New York Film Academy’s Union Square campus.
In the meantime, Marcolin is hard at work raising funds for his next film, Left With a Bitter Taste in the Mouth, with NYFA instructor Piero Basso as Director of Photography. You can support his film on Indiegogo.
New York Film Academy Faculty Film in Competition at 64th Locarno Film Festival
Actress Olimpia Melinte stars as Luminita. Cinematography by NYFA instructor Piero Basso, AIC.
New York Film Academy cinematography instructor Piero Basso, AIC* (member of Italian Association of Cinematographers) is screening feature film Seven Acts of Mercy (Sette Opere Di Misericordia) in competition at the 64th Locarno Film Festival this Monday, August 8th at 4:15pm in the Swiss-Italian Town of Locarno. Piero served as Director of Photography on the project. The film was directed by Gianluca and Massimilliano De Serio, whose short films were previously nominated for the Italian Golden Globes (Globi d’Oro) and the Italian Oscars (David di Donatello) (2005 and 2006) and won three Silver Ribbon Awards (Nastri d’Argento) (2004, 2005, 2006).
Roberto Herlitzka stars as Antonio.
Seven Acts of Mercy follows Luminita, a young illegal immigrant living on the edge of a shanty town, who has hatched a plan to get herself out of her predicament. Along the way she bumps into Antonio, a sick mysterious man. The clash between the two is unavoidable and leads to unforeseeable consequences. Watch the trailer here.
“It has been a movie that we worked on for five years to find the money and make it happen,” says cinematographer Basso. “We are so excited to have the work premiere in an important festival. The film has already secured distribution in Italy and we can’t wait to continue to promote it elsewhere.”
The Locarno Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, alongside Venice and Cannes. The festival has been a launch pad for filmmakers who have subsequently established themselves as the major filmmakers of their generation including Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick, and Milos Forman.