Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Max Bartoli - Writer/Director: "Atlantis Down" speaking on campus Thursday Aug 19 12-1pm

Max Bartoli - Writer/Director of the upcoming film "Atlantis Down" will be speaking on campus on Thursday Aug 19 12-1pm in rooms 145-146-147
Please join us to learn about Max's role in creating this film. Perhaps he will show us some clips, pre-visualization elements, or production stories!   

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Mini Biography
Born in Italy, and having earned a degree in Media Law, Max Bartoli has spent several years traveling and working in England and the US, where he resides. He is the author of two books published in 1989 and 1991 that won him the title of "Youngest European Fiction Writer in 1989.

In 1997 he co-wrote "Metropolis", with Francesco Licata, a TV program, which was part of the Benefit TV gala "Trenta Ore per la Vita" broadcast nationwide in Italy by Italia 1 a Mediaset's station.

Since 1998 Max has worked as a director and Executive Producer for various advertising agencies in Italy and England, directing and producing sports videos, corporate and institutional videos, as well as TV commercials.

In 2004 for MaXaM Productions, Max wrote, produced and directed two documentaries: "Postcards From The Past" and "Time Travelers". From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a director and executive producer for one of Italy's largest advertising companies, Rotella and Partners. For them he has directed several videos and two documentaries: one on the "Coliseum" (which won Italy's "Media Star Award") and one entitled: "Tunisia the jewel of the Mediterranean Sea".

In 2006 Mr. Bartoli produced and directed his first short film, "Ignotus", which has won 25 awards at International Film Festivals in 18 months. Among them are: "Best International Short Film" at the New York Int'l Film Festival, "Best Foreign Language Short" at the San Fernando Valley Int.'l Film Fest in Hollywood, two "Silver Pelican Awards" at the Taormina Film Festival, the Capri-Hollywood Award at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival and the prestigious "Cisterna d'Argento" for his outstanding achievement in the arts. The "Cisterna d'Argento" is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in the arts, peace, economics, and science and has been previously given to Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

Bartoli's film "Ignotus" is the only short film to have been watched and also praised by Pope Benedectus XVI, the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"Ignotus" was also the only official Italian short film during the 2007 European Short Film Festival held in Washington D.C. at the Goethe-Institute. Bartoli's short has also been screened at the last "Festa dell'Unità" of Pesaro (Italy) as one of the short films that better represented the image of Italy worldwide during 2007 and 2008.

In 2009 Mr. Bartoli co-wrote, produced and directed the sci-fi feature "Atlantis Down", starring Michael Rooker and X-Files star Dean Haglund. Mr. Bartoli also directed, produced and edited the 8-episode TV series entitled: "Atlantis Rising: the making of Atlantis Down" which has been aired by Cox 11 in Virginia since February 2010.

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