What is La Certa?
La Certa is a low-budget dark-comedy set in Italy with an Italian and American cast. It’s a sexy and absurd trip into a past filled with romance and broken promises, superstition and death in the campagna, old people and sex, proud men who are desperate for validation, and what it’s like to be a foreigner in your own land. Above all, it’s a film about men and women learning to love again — all set in Abruzzo, an ancient and enchanting region in the mountains east of Rome still suffering from the devastating earthquake of 2009. It’s kind of like Ghost Dad, or maybe Weekend at Bernie’s, but with a healthy dose of Tarkovsky and Antonioni mixed in.
Perhaps the story is best summarized by our most cherished foreigners, the band Foreigner, who spoke the transcendent axiom: “I wanna know what love is. I want you to show me.”
Where does La Certa comes from?
Laurence and Giovanni went to Columbia’s MFA program. But like two ships in the night, they rarely crossed paths. At the urging of a mutual friend, they met for tea at a cafe inside a yoga studio above Union Sq. in the heart of New York City. At that meeting, they decided to work together. Ruggero, who now lives in Germany, was brought on shortly after. They all came together to tell the tale of the Italy they know and long for.
The idea for the film comes from the many trips to Abruzzo Laurence made as a child, to visit the tiny towns where his grandparents were born and his relatives still lived. His grandmother grew up in a castle, the princess of a small town whose name translates to “mount rot”
Where is the money going?
Everyone knows that making independent films is hard. Luckily, this is a great team with experience begging and stealing to make it happen. Laurence is finishing his first feature film, self-financed and made for almost no money, but it was enough to deplete all of his savings. The producers have lined up a solid plan to raise the funds we will need — a mix of private and public funding, grants — as well as ways to publicize the film to help raise its profile.
That’s where you come in. While the ultimate budget will be much greater than $5k, to be able to raise that money everything in our plan requires small amounts of money. Specifically, we need:
• To hire a casting director
• Go location scouting
• Hire an entertainment lawyer (essential to get investments in the film)
Once we have talent and locations in place, we'll be in a strong position to raise the rest of the funds we'll need to shoot the feature.
Laurence Vannicelli - Writer/Director
This will be Laurence’s 2nd feature film and his first shot in Italy. He avoided using Kickstarter for his last feature just so he could save it for this opportunity! And now he’s broke but living the bliss of the starving artist!
Here are some trailers of his previous work:
The Young Housefly (nominated for a Student Academy Award): https://vimeo.com/76273481
Body of Crime (winner, James Bridges Development Award; Columbia MFA thesis film): https://vimeo.com/108309674
His first feature, Vera, is currently in post-production and will premiere this year.
Giovanni Ferrari - Producer
Giovanni is an Italian-born, New York-based independent movie producer. Giovanni was born in Brescia, Italy. Following a period of study in Brazil, he graduated in Business Administration from the University Bocconi in Milan, 2004. After working in Bangkok at the Italian Embassy of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, he returned to Italy where he began his professional experience at the Mondadori Publishing House. In 2010 he completed a second degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan while at the same time he devoted himself to cinema by producing the documentary Kinder Der Wende. In 2015 Giovanni received the MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University.
Ruggero De Virgiliis - Line Producer
Ruggero is an Italian filmmaker born in 1978, with extensive experience in national and international TV and film productions. A skilled production manager and a cultured filmmaker, he’s the man who makes things happen as a line producer, location manager and by effectively supporting each department during production. Being fluent in German has allowed him to work on many German productions and German/Italian co-productions for companies like Bavaria Film, Shine Germany, Wiedemann&Berg, Constantin Film, TV60, DAP Italy, etc. He has also produced and directed documentaries, including the feature “The Books of God,” about the multiplicity of voices in the northern Italian mining tradition. He is currently working on transition topics in the former GDR and in the Balkan area. Ruggero lives in Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.
Risks and challenges
We are trying to tell a bold and adventurous story — the kind of thing that can really be special, but not something that is going to make us rich. We’re doing this for the love of cinema and because we believe in the story. Making this kind of film is difficult, especially in a world where Batman 6 makes more money than all independent cinema combined, but we are determined!
Over the last few years we have worked on many shorts, commercials, music videos and feature-length films. Like any independent film, La Certa has its own set of challenges and obstacles, especially in this early stage of pre-production. Nothing about independent cinema is easy…
But we not only have the enthusiasm to make this happen, we have the experience and dedication to make La Certa real, aware that this will be just the first step of a very long journey.
Your help is essential to getting our film off the ground and running. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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