The One & The Many


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

A tale of hope that blossoms in an unlikely setting. This feature documentary follows a theatre troupe of inmates at a prison in Italy.

SYNOPSIS

The One and The Many gains access to maximum security Italian prison Volterra, which houses the revolutionary inmate theater program Compagnia Della Fortezza. Theater artist Armando Punzo works with inmates to bring personal meaning to the works of Jean Genet, unlocking inmate voices like never before, and from their many diverse stories and experiences, builds one community.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

My work is often fueled by my celebration of the miniscule, the mundane, the ordinary and the unnoticed. I am driven to create films that challenge conventional understandings of communities that exist in within our society. I want to create work that extends my curiosity, enhances my technical virtuosity and stretches my emotional capacity.

That is why, when I learned of the incredible theatrical work Compagnia della Fortezza and Armando Punzo were doing in a maximum-security prison in Italy, I wanted to know more, and to see this for myself.

Documenting a prison theatrical troupe like Compagnia della Fortezza allows me the opportunity to not only capture but also prolong the rapture of movement, the actors’ eager bodies and incomparable self-discipline. I believe that theater engages the critical questions that define us. The splendor of theater provides me, as a spectator, a great appreciation for the body—in understanding and appreciating form. It is in this social and artistic contract—between performer, performance, and spectator—that communities are built, upon the mutual appreciation for both the subject matter and the dedication of all participants. What better place for this positive community-strengthening exercise, the act of theatre, to take place than in a prison, where hope and change and community bonds are often so tenuous?

This film is an opportunity for us all to learn about Compagnia della Fortezza and its inmate-actors from the ground up. The One and The Many will explore how deeply impactful theatre and arts programs can be for inmates.

KEY CREW

Inaya Graciana Yusuf - Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Editor

Inaya is an Indonesian-American filmmaker and founder of media and film production company Slow Your Roll Films. She has worked on short documentaries to feature length projects such as Miriam, Amplify: The Story of Synesthetes, Dhalang and Minding Our Own. Most recently, she worked under David Tedeschi on Martin Scorsese’s documentary on The New York of Review of Books entitled The 50 Year Old Argument. She was previously the production manager for STEREOTYPES, a web-based series directed by Rae, which aired on Pharell Williams’ channel, I AM OTHER. Prior to working in the film industry Inaya worked in multiple galleries and museums in New York and Chicago. She also spent a couple of years as a freelance graphic designer for design and advertising agencies.

Donatella Baggio Betti - Interpreter/Translator/Coordinator

Donatella is a freelance interpreter who performs simultaneous and sequential translation of conferences, meetings, and events, with a special focus and interest on culture, the arts, and cinema. Donatella has worked for film festivals, events, and cultural institutions including: International Film Festivals of Venice and Locarno, Festival dei Popoli in Florence, River to River - Florence Indian Film Festival, Unifrance Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Français in Paris, Shield of Art, ArteCinema in Naples, and the Gucci Museum in Florence. Donatella has worked with authors and artists such as Ken Loach, Tim Robbins, Rupert Everett, Terry Gilliam, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Shirin Neshat, Alfredo Jaar, Omer Fast, Sarah Morris, Melik Ohanian, Isaac Julien, Spike Lee, and Alex Gibney.

Seth Aaron Mooney - 2nd Camera Operator and Photographer

Seth is a freelance photographer and a Digital Technician and Consultant for editorial and commercial fashion photographers. Seth works closely with photographers to achieve their desired look and color profiles as well as manage the digital assets and workflow on set for publications including Vogue, Elle, and Interview to name a few. Seth's clients include Miles Aldridge, Boo George, Deborah Turbeville, Craig McDean, David Burton and Koto Bolofo working on international campaigns for clients such as Valentino, Tiffany & Co., Mac Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren, Target, and Neiman Marcus. He is the co-founder and principal of Pawn Works Gallery in Chicago. His personal work can be viewed at www.sethmooney.com.

Roberto Gambotto Remorino - Sound Recordist

Roberto has worked as a freelance sound recordist and mixer since 1997. He previously worked as an assistant in Milan at Video & Co, a production company with a focus in corporate videos and conventions, where he learned the basics of video production. Born in Turin, Roberto graduated from a science high school in Casale Monferrato, and studied music theory and classical guitar. After graduating from Turin University with a degree in chemistry, Roberto spent a year doing community service in Genoa with a muscular dystrophy association, before beginning his professional career in video production and sound.

 

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