San Diego Italian Film Festival
October 5th, 2020
This year marks our fifth annual partnership with the San Diego Italian Film Festival. In celebration of this milestone, Little Fish Comic Book Studio played host to a pair of special visits: Diana Agostini (Executive Director, SDIFF) and Antonio Iannatto (Artistic Director, SDIFF). Both joined us via Zoom, Diana on September 26th and Antonio on October 1st, to talk about Italian cinema and Italian comics ("fumetti").
For the past 12 years, the San Diego Italian Film Festival has used the art of film to educate, provoke thought, stimulate conversation, and share stories. Their main tool is Italian cinema, and through the lens of Italian culture, they value and savor cultural differences through sharing.
The film selection for this year's collaboration with the San Diego Italian Film Festival is Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri ["My Brother Chases Dinosaurs"]. Based off a true story, when young Jack becomes a big brother, he’s told that his new baby brother, Gio, is a “special” child. After expecting having a superhero for a brother, Jack eventually learns that “special” means Down Syndrome. When Jack chooses to hide his brother’s very existence from his new friends and the girl he likes, it isn’t long before the truth comes out, and that Jack realizes Gio’s energy and vitality can change the world, just like a real superhero.
As always, Little Fish’s students will be creating posters inspired by this year’s chosen film, all of which will be put on display one the Film Festival’s website and our own. A special panel will also be produced with the Film Festival prior to the event.