Tommaso Fontana leaves prison after having served a long prison term. Raised inside a welcoming structure in Livorno, he lived most of his life in captivity. He does not have a family to turn to, or even friends. How can an ex-prisoner without a family, without a home to go, and without a job re-enter socially? It would be easy to think that Tommy does not have any other path than to start commit crimes, but life always reserves some surprises. Tommy is no longer the boy of yore, he is now a better person. In prison, thanks to the meeting with an Indian, he got to approach the teaching of Jiddu Krishnamurti. A lucky encounter that helps Tommy get rid of his conditioning, and reach a certain awareness. An inner strength if we want, that will support him in his most important challenge, begin a new life. The first stages of this journey towards legality, towards freedom, will be full of pitfalls. A path that will lead him unexpectedly very far, towards elsewhere.
Massimiliano Amato was born in Rome on 14 October 1963. After graduating from an artistic high school, he studied law and economics for two years before focusing on photography, theatre and the use of digital technologies in cinema. An actor, director, photographer and, most recently, film-maker, he was among the first directors to experiment with the digital to film transfer method, a post-production process for printing digital images and sequences on film. He was also a pioneer in the use of some important digital platforms for the distribution of cinematographic material. As an actor and director he has brought to the stage works by Luigi Pirandello, Tennessee Williams, Slawomir Mrožek, Sam Shepard, Jean Cocteau and Neil LaBute, as well as adaptations of Studs Terkel's “Working”. He has worked for several RAI and MEDIASET television productions under directors such as Luigi Perelli, Donatella Maiorca, Raffaele Mertes, Antonello Grimaldi, Robert Chapman and Nicola Rondolino. He has worked with film directors including Barbara Dall’Angelo (CSC), Robert Hellis Miller, Andrea Lodovichetti (CSC) and Maurizio Ponzi, as well as Carlo Verdone in 2003 through the film “MA CHE COLPA ABBIAMO NOI”. As an author, he has shot and produced a documentary on independent cinema and a short film on anti-personnel mines. “FOOTAGE 2014”, a contemporary art project, is his first video artwork. It was shown on a large screen at JUST A MOMENT PLEASE, a group exhibition curated by Giuseppe Ussani d’Escobar and held in the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome on 18 September 2014. In 2015 he took part in another collective exhibition, DARKROOM PROJECT