The making of “Art on the road” with Giuseppe Lo Fiego and its journey to New York for IFFNY film festival

“Ceremonial Tattoo” by Giuseppe Lo Fiego is an official selection at the IFFNY in New York, starring Sanya Youalli. The documentary will screen at 4:30PM on Sunday, May 25, 2018 at Producers Club Theaters (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). 

Giuseppe Lo Fiego is a talented Filmmaker from South Italy. After he graduated in Roma in Communications and Media, he earned his Master degree in Cinema Production. Subsequently, he started work in Rome as video editor for 3 years, then one year in Amsterdam to edit the “Resistenza” documentary. He then moved to Australia.

After the first year traveling around and doing farm jobs as picking grapes and mango, he decided to try to get a job in the Video industry. He worked 1 year in Melbourne for ARC FILM and 2 years in Sydney for MEDIASPARK. He was filming and editing commercials videos. This was not what he really wanted. So he decide to start a new journey and a video project called “Art on the road” (www.artontheroad.tv). The Short Doc selected at the 2018 International Filmmaker Festival of New York (IFFNY) is part of this collection.

In this journey Giuseppe meets and tells the stories of people who decided to live the life they love, following their own passion: Art.

“During my journey, which started in 2014, I traveled from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, USA, Mexico and Guatemala. In Mexico I fell in love with a Mexican artist. So we decided to travel together…and after 2 years a new passenger arrived, our daughter Olinka. Now I live in Arizona, waiting for Olinka to be at least 2 years, so then she will be ready to be part of our journey to share story of amazing artists in different cultures and part of the world,” stated Giuseppe Lo Fiego for NY Elite Magazine.

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Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Filmmaker Giuseppe Lo Fiego           

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Getting selected at the IFFNY Film festival was great news. Having the video screen in one of the biggest festival in NY is truly a great honor.

NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film competition?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: It makes me proud and happy and gives me more motivation to keep doing what I love.

NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? What is it about?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: The Video selected at the festival is a part of project called “Art on the road” that is a collection of short documentary about artists that I met on my journey. Artists that decided to live the life they love…following their passion.

NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it. 

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: The short Doc selected is the story of Sanya Youalli, a Tattoo artist that leaves in the middle of the jungle in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. She does ancient tattoo with ancient techniques, because she don’t need power, she can tattoo outside, surrounded by nature.

NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: To follow the passion, whatever is the cost. I left my good payed full-time job because I was feeling trapped. Since I started this project I feel more Alive… even though you don’t have economic security as a full-time job, but life is more then money.

NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018? What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Hopefully I can get there… still trying to organize my schedules. I want inspire other people to follow their passion.

NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: I like the edit first of all. Coming from an editor background I’m really interested on how the story is presented, and edited.

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NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/projects you have been involved in?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Occhi su Roma (Eyes on Rome) is a documentary about CCTV in Rome and how they changed the city talking about security issues but even Privacy involved.

“Resistenza” I edited this documentary in Amsterdam. It is a story about people that live in Naples, struggling with honesty and poverty in anarea controlled by local “Mafia”

“Art on the Road” is my personal project. Stories of Artists that live their life following their passion. And hopefully their story can inspire more people around the world.

NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: The “Resistenza” documentary was selected in many festivals in Europe.

I started  to send the “Art on the road” video at different festivals one months ago, and the IFFNY was the first one that selected the video.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Creativity is part of my everyday life…

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Express what you have inside. If you have a dream, go for it.

NY Elite: What’s next for you?

Giuseppe Lo Fiego: Keep traveling and working on the project http://www.artontheroad.tv, hopefully get some investor or producer to support the project.

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