The filmmaker is a storyteller

The filmmaker is a storyteller: cinema today belongs to anyone with something to tell and the ability to do it. The quality standard of the images that a smartphone, or any latest generation video recording tool can produce, is more than enough for a cinema projection.

Cinema is today a democratic art as writing, painting or oral narration can be. The artistic success of a film is found only in the hands of its creator, no longer in those of economic or political power. The film’s commercial success depends only on the narrator’s ability to engage the audience. Cinema has become democratic and free.

Cinema can be a craft or an industrial process. Years and years of estimates, bureaucratic forms, ministerial circulars, international agreements, contacts with television directors have ruined the creative spontaneity and the urgency to tell typical of cinema.

No art has been annihilated and humiliated by the market as much as cinema and it is time for the public to start looking beyond these industrial artifacts, giving up the great shows and stars to feed on cinema as an individual expression.

A film can be made in infinite ways: narrative, experimental, poetic, documentary. It can be a life diary, the story of an experience, a collection of images … The director is naked in front of the audience and his real figure is his ability to sing stories. The director is a storyteller for an audience of free men. The filmmaker is a storyteller.

Independent cinema is not comparable to the cinema we are used to seeing in theaters, just as circus is not comparable to video installation: they are two distinct things. Few have understood the true essence and potential of an independent, artisan and personal cinema. The critics do not talk about it or if they talk about it it seems convinced “that something is missing”, that it is a minor cinema of minor directors waiting for celebrities and big budgets. It is not so.

Independent cinema is just another product, another type of show: to be watched with different eyes, to be enjoyed in different ways. Even some indie directors seem not to have understood it, they really seem to be waiting to “break through” in the cinema of the “stars”: they try to imitate and re-propose, with limited means, the stories and stereotypes of mainstream cinema. Thus giving reason to those who avoid independent cinema, perceiving it as a bad copy of mainstream cinema

Fabio Del Greco, founder of the Indiecinema Film Festival