Director Michela Occhipinti makes films about faraway places and unusual topics perhaps because they are a reflection of her life, which has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Author Jeannine Guilyard
Jeannine Guilyard has been a correspondent for Fra Noi Magazine of Chicago since 2005. She travels to film festivals across North America and Italy to talk one on one with Italian filmmakers. She is also a video editor and won Emmy and Peabody awards for her work on ABC's Special Report, September 11, 2001. The following year, she wrote and directed the short film, Gelsomina, which was selected for the Screenings Program of the 59th Venice Film Festival. Last year, she made the documentary, Return to Lucania, a finalist in the Russo Brothers 2018 Italian American Film Forum. The film traces the socioeconomic development of Italy’s southern Italian region of Basilicata, in particular the city of Matera, which is the 2019 European Capital of Culture.