Monday, September 30, 2013

Bella Vita World Premieres at 61st Annual San Sebastian Film Fest

We just returned from an amazing week on the Basque Coast, chasing waves, screening movies and enjoying tapas, wine, cerveza and I am so proud of the positive response to Bella Vita at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

I think we felt a bit like scally-wag-surfers crashing a swanky party, sharing the red carpet amongst the likes of Oliver Stone, Annette Bening and Alfonso Cuaron but in the end, Savage Cinema curator, Sancho Rodriguez and his team gave us an extremely warm reception.

It is always a bit scary to premiere a new film, especially after years of hard work.  This journey started with Chris Del Moro two years ago in Bali, casually discussing ideas for new projects and has grown to a huge extended family of supporters who believed in our vision.  From close friends, traveling surfers, film technicians and craftsmen, Bella Vita has been a group effort and proof that great things can happen from a collection of like-minded individuals who believe in a common goal.  

Bella Vita is a coming of age story painted against the beauty and tradition of modern italy, as told through the eyes of my friend, traveling surfer, artist and environmental activist Chris Del Moro.  In a time of personal exploration, Chris is enlightened by his surf inspired experiences on the-road-less-traveled by passionate friends and family dedicated to the things they love, revealing a greater truth about the simple blessings in life. 

I can share a similar experience through making the film and the journey has truly been the destination.  I'm excited to exhibit our work with the world.  San Sebastian is a film market and we are currently discussing our distribution in all territories with various vendors.  Feel free to join our Bella Vita mailing list for updates here on how you can see the film.