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Roberto Giannotti

I was born in 1963. Too young for 1968. In full adolescence in 1977. Too old in 1989. Therefore, I have no godfather and no godmother.
I have grown up by imagining "my revolutions", by filming in my head all around me. I shot my first super8 at the fourth primary school year by using my father's old camera. A science fiction story, set on the Tiber banks, in Testaccio, a quarter in Rome, where I was born. A story "along the river" between extra-earthlings and little boys from Rome. A story between Pasolini and Gibson, one would say today. It was just a story along the river then.
I have studied "frame by frame" artistic photography at the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Roma.
I alternated kinematic dreams and music. I have performed experimental music records, founded independent musical labels, made performances and installations. It was not very trendy at that time and the word underground had a deep, real and despairing meaning.
My cultural education is a mixture of life experienced on the road, books borrowed from the municipal library and films devoured in the third run, i.e. a mixture living inside me and arrogantly emerging from my works. I have been working as a RAI director and author for some year. However, I undauntedly continue to tell my point of view through documentary films, short films and installations. Because this is the only thing I can do. If we are shipwrecked on a desert island, do not rely upon me. I can only tell stories and visions. So, I am perfectly useless.

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