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Crowfunding: “Lindiota” – by Chiara Livia Arrigo

Life and memory of a lonly anti-hero from Lindos, between rotoscope and live footage.

0 – 5 | 2016 | Docudrama | Italy | Life & Society | Mixed Media

Chiara Livia Arrigo is a young Milanese director of Sicilian origin, who lives and works in Rome. She launched a few weeks ago a crowfuding campaign to produce her second short film, Lindiota, a semi-animated docu-drama set in the small town of Lindos, in Rhodes, revolving around a mysterious local character linked to his family. What surprised us is the runtime of 45 minutes, quite an anomly in this binge-wathing era tha sees even shortfilms turning shorter and shorter. So we decided to ask her a few questions. This is the link to support her project: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lindiota#/

First of all, why 40 minutes runtime? Don’t you think it could be a problem when signing it to festivals or for distribution?
I think, maybe naively, that the most important thing is to take the time you need to express what you have to say. Obviously it will not be easy to send Lindiota to festivals. Some friends of mine had already hard time to sign their 35-minute long work! So the options shrink a lot, but I might think about editing a shorter version. Will see. The true is I cannot really think about it right now. My priority is to make it!

How did you meet the main character of Lindiota?
I’ve known him since I was born because he is a dear friend of my parents, and my mother’s old boyfriend. They have have been together at younger age. He has always been around and thorugh the time I’ve got to know him better and better discovering a world.

What binds you to the island?
The island, and particularly, the little town, are a refuge for me. I go there once in a while, even for a few days, mainly alone. I spend a lot of time at home reading or writing. It’s a XVII house built by Turkish captains who lived on the island back then. I like to “enjoying it”, and every time I go I discover new places and paths, I venture on long walks while I think about what I would write. The island itself is, in fact, a great source of inspiration for the stories I want to tell. I might say, the island is my muse.

Why did you decide to insert animated parts?
Initially I saw it as an “escamotage” because the film is set in different parts of the world where, through painfully long wars and distances, it would be impossible or too expensive to go for shooting. But when I started to think about “where” the film would take place, in addition to the narrative, I thought the animation could be a nice way to show stories, facts, and adventure narrated by Lindiota which are, in many cases, products of imagination between dream and realty.

Who takes care of the animation?
I’m definitely not able to draw. Samantha Faini, my friend and academy mate, has a true passion for drawing and, with the help of a girl I recently met, Silvia Panicali, helped me processing Lindiota promo by completing the rotoscoping parts. As for the making of the film, I think the intention of Samantha is to assume the figure of the supervisor with Silvia and other collaborators, trying to put the best effort in hands and creativity!

How did Lindiota took the idea that you wanted to make a film about him?
He’s a pretty self-centered person and, while complaining to me, he has been telling everybody in town  that I decided to make a film about him. However, apart from the complaints, he always follows the progress of the project and works with enthusiasm.

You’re a first-time director. What movie inspires you the most?
Hard to say! It depends on the period, from my state of mind and, above all, by the idea I’m working on; in general, or rather at the moment, the cinema which puts me at ease is Truffaut’s, along with Dino Risi’s and Kusturica’s. Not much nothing to do with each other. Lately I have also discovered an author who I really like, Corso Salani. But if I had to think of such authors, or rather, the film from which I could draw inspiration for my project I would say The Adventures of Baron Munchausen from Terry Gilliam and Inherent Vice by PT Anderson.

What kind of stories do you like and what kind of cinema do you have in mind?
I like to watch old movies, and know that I still have a lot to look at. For example, what strikes me the most is Italian cinema. Precisely that of De Sica Risi, Monicelli, Scola, Fellini and then Petri, Ferreri … they all have their different characteristics that strikes me, which makes me enjoy their way of telling stories. I like the “lightness” by which they tell you the stories and still make you think for days. Today I hardly feel that the film goes beyond what I’m seeing on the screen. And for me it is essential that there is the awareness of having chosen cinema as a means of expression, for the richness of its language, and consequently an eulogy to it.

What can we expect from Lindiota?
I would like the viewer to wander along with the character, during the different places and characters he encounters. Apart form this, i don’t know. Everyone takes from a movie what it needs, I think.

Your target in Indiegogo is set to 12,000 euro. How will you be using this money?
The indiegogo funds will be only used for shooting, which will last ten days, with a small crew, in Lindos. This is only the first step of the making of the film. As for the drawiung phase and the post production we are looking for extra funding, including MiBACT’s.

Well, good luck with the project!
Thank you for the interview! My first.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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