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A surfer's journey through Italy unlocks the door to a modern world of culture, tradition and passion.
A surfer's journey through Italy unlocks the door to a modern world of culture, tradition and passion.
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The Quest

Surfers, environmentalists, adventurers, dreamers and anyone who has ever traced the roots of their heritage, we need your help!

In a world of globe-trotting surfers chasing perfect waves in far-off lands, is it possible that an undiscovered surfing wonder could still exist, perhaps over-shadowed and hidden for years in the veil of a country’s overwhelming lineage of style, architecture, food and culture?

In pursuit of the answer, filmmaker Jason Baffa chronicles Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland with elite professional surfers Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lyndsey Hill, Conner & Parker Coffin and Italian stand-outs Alessandro Ponzanelli and Leonardo Fioravanti as they explore the burgeoning surf culture blossoming amongst the Mediterranean’s oldest and cherished traditions.

A visual epic captured in 35mm, Bella Vita presents an intimate and powerful journey of self-discovery where the unique powers of family tradition intersect with the enlightenment of re-discovery in a forgotten natural resource. 

Following a year of development, three months of shooting and four months of editorial, we have arrived at the moment of finishing our film. It’s exciting to see the anticipation in everyone who has seen the film trailer and responded so positively. 

We find ourselves at the instant in which the difference of $30K-$50K in post-production costs will make a significant impact in the final quality of the film. After a ton of sweat equity, personal, family and friend investment, we are coming to you, our audience, for our final push. This additional funding would specifically target the hard costs of music rights, animation, titling, color correction and mastering to take full advantage of our widescreen, 35mm negative source material – a rarity in surf cinema.

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The Story 

In the international surfing community, Italy is not often considered for world-class surf. Yet, Italian-American Chris del Moro has found through previous travels to the region that the country is purely connected with the beauty of the surfing experience and that it’s love for the sport is new, spirited and authentic.

Chris first began traveling to Italy when he was very young. His discovery of an old photo in a journal of a plunging, grinding, hollow outer reef wave in Sardegna became the spark that launched Bella Vita. The film retraces the story of Chris’ early impressions of the region and chronicles the growth of Italian surf culture through his visits with family and notable Italian surfers who continue to chart the course of what remains a uniquely counter-cultural pursuit. Chris’ journey is energized by the perspectives of an international cast of surfers, all who retain rich family heritages rooted in the Mediterranean region.

Dave Rastovich comes from a family rooted deeply in the Adriatic Sea. Like Chris, he has previously made trips back to reconnect with his humble heritage.  Dave appreciates the importance of staying grounded as he has become known worldwide as one of the top free-surfing professionals on the planet. He is sponsored by surf brand Billabong and fronts most of their print and video campaigns. He is currently, one of the most recognizable surfers in the mainstream surfing community and uses his celebrity to endorse environmental and ecological awareness campaigns.  He travels with his girlfriend, the longboard stylist Lauren L. Hill and is a co-founder of surfers-for-cetaceans

Conner & Parker Coffin, from Santa Barbara California are rapidly becoming two of the most discussed young surfers in the commercial surfing world. Their maternal grandfather is the first American born son of Italian immigrants from Calabria.  Their blog youngwisetails.com is recognized as a favorite source of content within the core surfing community.

Leo Fioravanti is one of the first Italian-born surfers to explode onto the mainstream surfing circuit at the youthful age of fourteen. He is paving a new path and turning heads in a homeland that has often looked at surfing as a distraction from established “sports” like soccer. Surfing “careers” are common pursuits in North America, Hawaii, Australia and Brazil, but in Leonardo’s country, he is blazing a new, exciting trail in Italian history.

Chris Del Moro also introduces us to a myriad of remarkable, relatively unknown, local Italian surfers. Their personal stories tie the film together with first hand accounts of the varied life-stories which create a timeless snap-shot of Italy’s modern culture and their pertinent fears, passions and desires in this uncertain time in the region’s history.

Over the course of the last year, Bella Vita has gained tremendous momentum by growing a family of like-minded individuals focused on amplifying the Bella Vita mission. The April 2013 issue of Surfer Magazine in support of the film is aptly titled "re-Boot" and our recently released trailer and website www.bellavitafilm.com have elicited a fantastic response online – an encouraging sign that many around the world are anticipating a film unique in the surf genre. Please visit our website for more information about our filmmaking team and the most recent news about Bella Vita.

Your support helps us deliver a visually stunning experience for viewers while serving justice to the epic Italian coastline & and its amazing people. 

Donations at any level are greatly appreciated. We hope you enjoy the rewards we can offer toward fulfilling our mission to bring our film to the eyes of the world.

photo credit: maffei & rugai

Risks and challenges

The process of documentary film making holds a lot of the unknown. As in life, obstacles can occur at any point in the process. At this point in the production, the impact of obstacles we may encounter would affect schedule, release date and quality of the finished product.

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    Digital download of Bella Vita upon release. Be one of the first people to pre-order the film and know your contribution is directly supporting the filmmakers. Includes rewards listed above.

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    High-resolution digital download of signature Bella Vita print created by Chris Del Moro and signed by the artist. Includes all rewards listed above.

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    Official Bella Vita movie poster. Special Thanks credit in the film (see your name on the big screen) . Includes all rewards listed above.

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    Limited edition signed Bella Vita lithograph print created by Chris del Moro. Includes all rewards listed above.

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    Limited edition Giclee print on museum grade paper of "Lone Plam" created by Jason Baffa and hand signed specifically to Kickstarter supporters with a "thank you - series of 25", only available here. Includes all rewards listed above.

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    2 x VIP invitations to Bella Vita film premiere in Italy or Los Angeles, CA. Includes all rewards listed above except where noted.
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    Jason Baffa DVD trilogy - Singlefin: Yellow, One California Day and Bella Vita DVD, Limited Edition Posters, Signed Limited Edition Bella Vita Still Frame. Includes all rewards listed above.

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    Special limited edition Bing & Jacobs Bella Vita surfboard - 7'2" single fin Bing Raven with 1/4" cedar stringer, clear volan, sanded gloss with single fin box and fin. Artwork, design, signed by Chris Del Moro. This board was a key inspiration for our film. Includes all rewards listed above.

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    Five nights for two at Poggio Al Casone Vineyard in Tuscany, Italy. 30 minutes from fun waves at Marina de Pisa, 90 minutes from Florence and Siena. Featuring a tour by owner, and Bella Vita featured Italian surfer Piergiorgio Castellani. Includes all rewards listed above except where noted.

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