Perdersi in Toscana

A reminder to always keep pushing, take chances, and never be afraid to fail. "The best people you will ever meet have wandered off their track, found themselves along the way and had no need to wander back. So forget about life's road map and follow your heart at any cost, for you will never truly find yourself if you are too scared to get lost."

  • Marc Fortunato
  • Marc Fortunato
  • Marc Fortunato
  • Marc Fortunato
  • Erin Hanson
    Poem Writer
  • Leonardo Olmi
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Baxter
    Drone Operator
  • Marco Cortesi
    Voice Actor
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    Perdersi in Toscana
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    1 minute 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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    Digital, Sony A7III
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Director Biography - Marc Fortunato

A native of Toronto Canada, I knew from a young age that I was a storyteller. At 12, I began acting, starring in a variety of commercials and rather forgettable Canadian television series. The truth is that I spent most of that time fascinated by what the director and DP were contemplating behind the lens, and so began the transition.

I've gone on to direct and produce content for a wide array of clients, with experience across multiple genres from commercials and branded content, to documentaries, corporate films, music videos and narrative fiction.

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Director Statement

In the winter of 2019 I took a trip to Italy with my father and a group of his friends to capture and document them as they embarked on a journey that would allow them to live their dream - To cycle with an ex professional through the rolling hills of Tuscany. During my time there, I made two films, the first was an 8 minute documentary that followed their experience, and the second being this film. 'Perdersi in Toscana' which was an idea I developed on the flight to Italy. Lucky for me, our cycling tour guide, Leonardo Olmi was kind enough to act as my subject and spend a few hours with me to make this film a reality. I am truly excited about the quality of content that can be made in 2019 with only a single backpack full of equipment. I shot, directed and cut this film and my close friend flew drone and drove the vehicle that allowed me to capture the cycling shots.

I originally planned to only have the voiceover recorded in English (as I am born and raised in Canada and of Italian descent) growing up with a very strong Italian presence in my life, and having shot the film in Italy, I felt that it would be most authentic in Italian. Although an English version exists, I feel the Italian version is the strongest.
~Marc Fortunato