He graduated in sociology at the University of Trento. After University studies, he took a degree in theatre organization at the Civic School of Dramatics Art ” “P.Grassi” in Milan and dealt with the theatre critics and sociology of communication. In 1981, he began his collaboration as author and radio and television anchor-man in the Trento offices of Rai and with Rai in Milan. In 1990, he became a professional journalist. He moved to Rome and began a collaboration with Rai 2 in the program “Il coraggio di vivere” followed by “La cronaca in diretta”, “Ho bisogno di te” and “Racconti di vita”, where he played a role also as anchor-man. In 2000, he started to work for Raitre where he kept doing the program “Racconti di vita” until 2012, when he began the masthead “Paesereale”. During the last seasons, he also hosted “Cominciamo bene” and “Agorà Estate”. In 2013, he became the person in charge for current topics at Raitre.
After earning degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and London International Film School, Carl began working professionally in film in New York City, getting his start with David and Albert Maysles. Over his career he has lived and worked throughout the US and Europe, producing and directing commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films, television films, and theatrical features. He wrote and directed the features “L’amico di Wang” (Italy, 1997), “The Wrong Mr. Johnson” (Czech Republic, 2008), was the original screenwriter on “Carlito’s Way” (USA, 1993), co-wrote and produced “Gryphon” (USA, 1990) and the BAFTA award winning fake documentary “Punkkebab” (UK, 1978), and was a producer on the feature documentaries “D.O.A.” (USA, 1980) and “Mondo New York” (USA, 1988). Carl is based in Rome, developing a number of new movies, and has founded the Rome International Film School where students produce films on a regular basis, including the recent “Belleview Hotel”, which enjoyed a rare four week theatrical run at the Cinema Farnese.
Hanna Maria Laakso
Hanna Maria Laakso holds a Ph.D. in the Humanities (Film Studies). She has lectured on the Scandinavian cinema and women film actors in Europe and Canada, attended conferences and given film workshops to children as well as the elderly. In December 2017 she will give a course in Scandinavian cinema and acting traditions at Scuola Holden in Turin. In 2010 she founded ArsMondo which develops intercultural dialogue between Finland and Italy.
Thom Palmen is one of the founders of the Umea International Film Festival in Sweden. (1986-2007) “We started the festival because of the frustration that so many good films never reached any distribution in the cinemas.” He has been invited as a jury member to numerous film Festivals, notably in Berlin, Sofia, Regensburg, Dresden, Cottbus, Aix-en-Provence, Poznan, Bratislava, Hamburg, Tampere, Kinochok and Puchon (Korea). In order to help talented young filmmakers from the North of Sweden he started his own distribution company: Botnia Film. Currently he’s working as a curator for a number of festivals and parallell to that as a producer and developing projects within the field of the cinema and gaming industry. His first co-production, In the Theme (director Olga Popova, Russia) was selected and awarded at the Berlinale Shorts 2008.
David Rocchio is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films “The Brothers” (Cannes Short Film Corner; ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and “The Meeting” (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. His upcoming short film “Where is home?” will shoot in Rome and New York City in 2018. David conceived and co-produced the documentary “The gun shop” for the UK’s Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand. In 2013 David founded the non-profit Stowe Story Labs, which runs workshops, labs and development programs for top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers.