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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you from me, Antonio, the producer, Salvo Cuccia, the director, and everyone else creating this project with us!
Risks and challenges
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.
- (60 days)