Alberto Vendemmiati, after getting a degree in the Theatre School of Bologna (Italy), worked as an actor for some years. In 1993 he received his D.A.M.S. degree in Film and Literature at the University of Bologna, and in 1994 graduated Director at the National Film School in Rome. He’s realeased several short films, presented at International film festivals, focusing on the relationship between fiction and documentary. In 1994 to 1996 he produced and served as director on the feature film Cadabra (a Quadra Image release), inspired from the poetic and personality of Italian screenwriter and director Cesare Zavattini. In 1998 he co-produced, co-directored, and served as sound engineer on Crucifige (Let’s Crucify) and Le Voci Fuori (Voices Off) (Karousel Films releases). Vendemmiati has co-produced, co-directed, and served as cameraman and sound engineer on the critically acclaimed Jung (War) in the Land of Mujaheddin, shot in Afghanistan in 1999 and 2000. Afghanistan Year 1380 is a follow-up of that experience in the wake of September 11th.
Fabrizio Lazzaretti is the son of a renowned filmmaker of the Italian Public Television who spent his career covering military conflicts, and producing other socio-political and cultural documentaries. Lazzaretti began his own filmmaking career alongside his father as an assistant and second camera. In 1985, he began a series of freelance projects, working first at RAI London and then with the New York RAI corporation. In the mid-90s he turned his full attention to independent documentary production serving as a producer, director, cinematographer and cameraman on several films including Drug Stories, about the heroin traffic of the Golden Triangle area, and Victory at all Costs, about the after-affects of the war in Vietnam. In 1998 he co-produced, and served as co-director and cameraman, on Crucifige (Let’s Crucify), and Le Voci Fuori (Voices Off). In 1999-2000 Lazzaretti co-produced, co-directed, and served as cameraman on Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin. In 1999-2000 he was the director of Report, an investigative journalism series airing on the Italian public channel RAI 3. In 2001 he co-produced and served as director and cameraman on Socialmente Pericolosi (A Danger to Society), surveying conditions in a criminal mental hospital near Naples, where patients are still considered sub-human and subjected to outmoded, sometimes brutal therapies. In 2001 he served as co-director, and cameraman on Afghanistan Year 1380. He is currently co-producing, directing and serving as a cameraman on A Fight for Justice (working title), a film that tracks the legal battle resulting from the death of a young Italian poet in Colombia.
A bold filmmaker as well as a skilled lawyer, Giuseppe Petitto combines these seemingly disparate career interests as Managing Director of Karousel Films, a cooperative non-profit organization that provides technical support and production expertise to independent filmmakers. The director of several short films, both documentary and fictional, Petitto has served as a producer, director and editor on several Karousel productions including Sanpeet (Poison), a film about seven year-old Sanpeet Petnonnoi and other boys like him who risk their lives as contestants in unregulated, high stakes kickboxing matches as they struggle to keep their families above the poverty line. In 1998 he co-produced, and served as editor on Crucifige (Let’s Crucify), and Le Voci Fuori (Voices off). In 2001 he co-produced and served as editor on Socialmente Pericolosi (A Danger to Society), (a Karousel films release). Petitto also worked on Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin as line producer, field editor, and editor. He is a graduate of the EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), Europe’s premier advanced training program for audiovisual production, and is also a Graduate Director of the National Film School in Rome. Petitto is currently directing Rooms Are Never Finished, a film depicting Kashmiri people’s grief, struggle, and expectations in these days of escalating violence amidst the mounting political tension of an impending election, as seen through the magnifying lens of a great Kashmiri-American poet.