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Help us complete the tale of classical guitarist Oscar Ghiglia: his philosophy of teaching and his legacy told through his own words!
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LA LEZIONE DI OSCAR (OSCAR'S LESSON)

Directed by Salvo Cuccia

A film by Demetra Produzioni

The documentary "La Lezione di Oscar" (translated as Oscar's Lesson) tells the story of guitarist Oscar Ghiglia (click for a brief, amazing bio), heir to the legacy of Andrès Segovia, and pillar of the last 60 years of the history of classical guitar. Through his words and memories, the films narrates his teaching, his career, his playing, and his life: it is a biopic and a musical documentary all in one.

Oscar Ghiglia performing at the Chigiana Academy
Oscar Ghiglia performing at the Chigiana Academy

When we found out that Oscar Ghiglia - originally from Italy, but a long time expat - was going to be returning to his native country to hold a masterclass, we decided to jump on the chance to tell his story. With open support from the Palermo Conservatory (Sicily) and the Chigiana Academy in Siena (Tuscany), we were able to start the project immediately. And the real driving force behind the project came from the overwhelming enthusiasm of some of Ghiglia's past students, who helped us understand the importance of what he stands for, and supported us in every way.

Thanks to a series of super8 footage shot in the 1960's around the world, given to us by Maestro Ghiglia, the tale will be enriched with unedited content of exceptional historical importance.

Oscar Ghiglia with a student
Oscar Ghiglia with a student

But, we need your support in order for this delicate and complex film to see the light of day. Funds are needed for the following expenses which total out to € 7000 to complete the film. Specifically:

  •  Usage rights to be able to include the historical footage
  •  Super8 and 8mm footage must be converted into digital video - in order to use it in the film, and also for preservation
  •  Final editing cut
  •  Sound mixing and editing
  • Color correction and finalization
  • Making a DCP master copy 
  • English and other language subtitling 

The rewards we are able to give span from a personal thank you card from the director, to a cut scenes from the film itself, to end credits and even opening credits in the film. Any future film producers out there may want to jump on this chance! :)

Once the film is completed, we will dedicate ourselves to helping it make the festival rounds worldwide and attain a good distribution deal. We are certain that its impact will be very important to very many individuals. 

Oscar Ghiglia teaching a masterclass at the Chigiana Academy in Tuscany
Oscar Ghiglia teaching a masterclass at the Chigiana Academy in Tuscany

My name is Antonio Bellia, and I am the founder of Demetra Productions (Italy). At Demetra, we make high quality documentary films and reportages - often tackling big issues - since 2005.

The documentary La Corsa de L'Ora on the famous newspaper that first tackled the mafia in the 1950s, won the Nastro d'Argento, the most prestigious film award in Italy in 2018. Demetra organises and backs the SiciliAmbiente Film Festival, a prestigious festival for films on human rights and the environment, now in its 11th edition. The latest completed project produced by Demetra is entitled Prospettiva Ballarò, on the amazing street art found in a neighborhood of Palermo, Sicily. Acclaimed film director and friend, Salvo Cuccia (Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily, Detour de Seta, Lo Scambio) has been my partner in crime for this and other projects, and we are now launching "La Lezione di Oscar", directed by him.

Salvo Cuccia, director of the film
Salvo Cuccia, director of the film

This is the first time Demetra Productions has embarked on a crowdfunding campaign. Every film we make is basically a passion project, and we are very lucky to be able to do this through a lot of hard work. This time is special because of the huge influence that Oscar Ghiglia has had in the world of art and music. And so we turn to you, art lovers, music listeners, and musicians alike, to support this work of art on a man who has dedicated his life to it, and changed its course dramatically.

Oscar Ghiglia at the Chigiana Academy, still from the film
Oscar Ghiglia at the Chigiana Academy, still from the film

Thank you from me, Antonio, the producer, Salvo Cuccia, the director, and everyone else creating this project with us!

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We understand that Kickstarter is a one-shot, all-or-nothing opportunity. We have chosen to use this method for the first time, for two reasons:
1. We believe in the project and in the way it will be able to touch people and potential backers
2. Through the dedication of everyone involved, we are confindent that reaching this funding threshold of € 7000 will allow us to complete the project entirely, and bring it to world audiences.

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    Thank you

    To thank you, you will receive a digital card and a thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia.

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    Your name in the credits!!

    To thank you, your name will appear in the film's end credits!
    You will also receive a digital thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia.

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    Signed movie poster

    To thank you, your name will appear in the film's end credits! You will also receive a digital thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia, and a printed 35x50 cm film poster signed by Maestro Ghiglia himself will be shipped to you!

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    • Film poster signed by Oscar Ghiglia 35x50 cm
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    Exclusive footage from the film!

    You will receive exclusive edited footage that was cut from the film! Also, to thank you, your name will appear in the film's end credits, and a movie poster will be shipped to you. You will also receive a digital thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive footage from the film!
    • You name in the end credits!!
    • Film poster signed by Oscar Ghiglia 35x50 cm
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    OPENING CREDITS: your name as a backer!

    Your name will be listed in the OPENING CREDITS of the film!!
    Also, you will receive edited uncut footage from the film. Your name will also appear in the end credits, and a movie poster signed by Maestro Ghiglia himself will be shipped to you. You will receive a digital thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the OPENING CREDITS of the film!!!
    • Film poster signed by Oscar Ghiglia 35x50 cm
    • Exclusive footage from the film!
    • A thank-you email from the film director, Salvo Cuccia
    • You name in the end credits!!
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    HONOR BACKER in the opening credits

    With this contribution you will have an immense impact on the completion of this project.
    Support such as this deserves to have your name in the OPENING CREDITS of the film listed as HONOR BACKER, along with the director, producers and other film creators!
    Also, you willreceive edited exclusive footage from the film. Your name will also appear in the end credits, and a movie poster signed by Maestro Ghiglia himself will be shipped to you. You will receive a digital thank you note from the film's director, Salvo Cuccia.

    Includes:
    • You name in the end credits!!
    • A thank-you email from the film director, Salvo Cuccia
    • Film poster signed by Oscar Ghiglia 35x50 cm
    • Exclusive footage from the film!
    • Your name in the OPENING CREDITS as HONOR BACKER
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