La Transazione (The Transaction)

La Transazione ( The Transaction) is a 28 minute, silent , black and white melodrama about immigration. It was written and directed by Lora Lee Ecobelli and produced by Logan Rando Productions

Set in 1910 it follows three Italian sisters who come to America for arranged marriages. The film strongly parallels the current immigration and humanitarian crisis. Powerful performances filled with humor and pathos and a stunning musical score by award winning composers Ellen and Roger Bruno tell this truly American story.

  • Lora Lee Ecobelli
  • Lora Lee Ecobelli
  • Logan Rando Productions
    Hollow Road
  • Alexandra Doggette
    Key Cast
  • Maddy Mazzotti
    Key Cast
  • Heather Fredrick
    Key Cast
  • Ellen and Roger Bruno
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Short of the week
    United States
    April 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Catskill International Film Festival
    United States
    May 23, 2021
    Official selection
  • Halo International Film Festival
    St Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    October 27, 2021
    European premier
  • New York International film festival
    Albany, NY
    United States
    September 5, 2021
    Official selection
  • Global International Film awards

    November 17, 2021
    Winner- best avant- guard, best short, best costume, best score, best art direction
  • Berlin International Art Film Festival
    December 30, 2021
    German Premiere
    official selection
Director Biography - Lora Lee Ecobelli

Lora Lee Ecobelli is award winning actress, writer and director. As an actress she has performed both On and Off-Broadway and in many independent films and television.

As a writer, her plays have been produced widely and several are published by Art Age Publications and Smith and Krause. Lora Lee has a several screenplays to her credit in addition to La Transazione. The feature film Chickadee, co written with her brother Tom Ecobelli currently in pre-production. Her latest short film Laurina, co-written with her brother Tom Ecobelli will be released in Jan 2022.

Lora Lee has an extensive resume as a theatre director. La Transazione is her directorial debut as a film director.

Her latest short film Laurina will be released in 2022.

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Director Statement

La Transazione (The Transaction) is a true American story. Unless you are a Native American, we all came from somewhere. Some came willingly and some through desperation or bondage. In revisiting our past we get a glimpse of our future. La Transazione opens that door so we can understand the actions of our ancestors. The dreams and heartbreak that molded us. Whether it be cruelty and intolerance or racism and strife, sometimes the tiniest act of kindness can give us a momentary lifeline. Helping us regain our purpose and our faith in humanity and ultimately shaping our ideals for future generations.