ABOUT

Born of a friendship of many years and from extensive collaboration in cultural activities, including art exhibits, opera production and film development, Michele Giacalone and Luca Verdone have united to form GIAVER, a new film production company, based in the USA and Italy. Giacalone, with dual citizenship in the US and Italy, and Verdone, a prominent Italian film director living in Rome, will combine their considerable talents and experience in making films of high quality with low-cost budgets.

The first project is: Machiavelli, The Florentine Secretary, the flamboyant politician and author, of 15th Century Italian fame, to whom no biographical film has yet been dedicated. Filming will be done in Italy and North Africa and is scheduled to begin in spring of 2013.

Several other projects are also being sought and cultivated and co-production partners are aggressively being solicited. Already, several entities are seeking to join forces with GIAVER, bringing their own projects for development.

Michael Harrison, with many years of capital development and fund raising, and also has extensive experience in opera, theatre, and television joins this group as Director of External Affairs. This exciting new venture is dedicated to creative film production meeting the challenges of advancing technology and high artistic quality while seeking to provide outstanding entertainment.

Luca Verdone pursued his studies in History of Art and graduated in Modern Literature in 1978. Since 1973 he has been a director of documentaries and television shows. From 1977 on he has taken part in some opera productions for important opera seasons, and he has also been a feature films director since 1986.

In 1978 he published “PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI”(A Fistful of Dollars) by Sergio Leone for the collection “From the subject to the film” for editor Cappelli. In 1989 he published a monograph for Gremese editor, “ALESSANDRO BLASETTI” with an introduction by Gian Luigi Rondi. In 2008 he published an essay on the painting of VINCENZO CAMUCCINI, Roman neoclassical artist, for Edilazio editor.

As a documentary film-maker he won several national and international awards, among which the Nastro d’Argento in 1981, the first prize at the Castelfranco Veneto International Film Festival on Art in 1989, the special Nastro d’Argento in 2012 for his whole career, the Flaiano Prizes in 2013 for the documentary “Alberto the Great”.

Moreover in 2004 he got at the Capitol the Congeniality Award and in 2013 the “Silvio Gigli”Prize.

Since 2012 he is President of the Association between people from Siena and Grosseto living in Rome.

 

His feature films are:

SETTE CHILI IN SETTE GIORNI (1986) (7 kilos in 7 days) with Carlo Verdone and Renato Pozzetto and with Lella Fabrizi and Tiziana Pini. (Homage Prize to Totò, Golden Ticket 1986 as blockbuster film)

 

Production: Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori for C.G. Silver Script: Leo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Luca Verdone Music: Pino Donaggio

   

LA BOCCA  (1991) with Tahnee Welch, Alida Valli, Monica Scattini. (David di Donatello Award to Alida Valli)

 

Production: Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Silvio Berlusconi Communications for Penta Film
Script: Dacia Maraini, Luca Verdone, Gianfilippo Ascione
Music: Alessio Vlad, Claudio Capponi.

   

IL PIACERE DI PIACERE (2002) with Antonia Liskova, Gaetano Carotenuto Vaz, Verushka Proshina.

 

Production: Cinemart
Script: Luca Verdone, Alessandra D’Annibale
Music: Alessio Vlad, Gaetano Carotenuto Vaz.

   

LA MERAVIGLIOSA AVVENTURA DI ANTONIO FRANCONI (2011) with Massimo Ranieri, Sonia Aquino, Orso Maria Guerrini, Ernesto Mahieux, Elisabetta Rocchetti.

 

Officially selected as a Special Event at the 2011 ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

 

Production: Cinemart
Script: Luca Verdone, Massimo Biliorsi
Music: Alessio Vlad.

 

The main documentary films are:

PAOLO UCCELLO: GENESI E SVILUPPO DI UN LINGUAGGIO PITTORICO
(Award as a debut film at the 1974 Asolo Art Film Festival)

 

LA SCUOLA FERRARESE DEL ‘400
(Award for Best Directing at the 1975 National Tourism Film Festival)

 

FILOSOFIA DEI GIARDINI
(Nastro d’Argento 1981)

GLI UFFIZI: STORIA DI UNA GALLERIA
(Award for Best Picture at the 1989 Castelfranco Veneto International Film Festival on Art)

 

LA PITTURA SENESE DEL TRECENTO

 

LE RAGIONI DEL SUCCESSO
(Officially selected at the 1976 Cannes Festival)

 

He directed three editing films dedicated to the Italian cinema produced by the Luce Institute for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers-Publishing Department (direction and script):
  ANTOLOGIA DEL NEOREALISMO  
LUCHINO VISCONTI  
LA COMMEDIA ALL’ITALIANA

   

His main shorts fiction are:

 

WILD BOY  with Christian De Sica and Fabrizio Bracconeri (1985)

 

MATRIMONIO A S. MARIA IN TRASTEVERE with Renzo Rinaldi (1995) (First Prize at the 2nd Short Films Festival in Sabina, “Nanni Loy” Prize)

 

IL MIRACOLO DI S. ORONZO with Franco Citti, Renzo Rinaldi, Ugo Fangareggi (1996).
(Quality Prize from the Entertainment Department of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage)

 

LA NINFETTA E IL MAGGIORDOMO  (2006)  with Rodolfo Corsato and Lavinia Guglielman
(Award for Best male performance at the Sabaudia Short Films Festival 2006)

 

Since 1978 he has been collaborating with RAI TRE, with RAI-ITALIA and with “LA STORIA SIAMO NOI”, producing several documentaries, among which “SERGIO LEONE”,“MUSCOLI, COLOSSI E FANTASIA”,“MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI:LE IMMAGINI E IL TEMPO”,“FABRIZI E FELLINI:LO STRANO INCONTRO”,”LA FAMIGLIA TOGNI E IL CIRCO IN ITALIA”,”FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI, L’UOMO CHE VIENE DAL RINASCIMENTO”, “LINA WERTMULLER, LA GRANDE VELA”.

 

FUTURISMO MOVIMENTO ARTE/VITA
Selected in the Extra Section at the 2011 Rome International Film Festival.

 

ALBERTO IL GRANDE  produced with Carlo Verdone, realized in 2013 by Regione Lazio in occasion of the tenth anniversary from the death of Alberto Sordi.
International Ennio Flaiano Prize 2013. Special Award at the Nastri d’Argento 2013.

     

He directed some operas for important opera seasons

 

L’IMPRESARIO (The Impresario) by W.A. Mozart (1978) SpoletoExperimental Opera Season

 

I DUE BARONI DI ROCCAZZURRA by D.Cimarosa (1989) Fermo, Villa Vitali Park.

 

TORVALDO E DORLISKA (Torvaldo and Dorliska) by G. Rossini (1989) Savona, Chiabrera Theater, Opera Giocosa Season.

 

LA SERVA PADRONA (The Servant Turned Mistress) and LIVIETTA E TRACOLLO by G.B. Pergolesi (2007), Benevento, Roman Theater.

 

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (The Barber of Seville) by G. Rossini (2008) Potenza, Opera Season

 

DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart (2010) Tuscany Opera Festival, S. Galgano Abbey, Florence, Boboli Gardens

 

NOZZE DI FIGARO (The Marriage of Figaro) by W.A. Mozart (2012) Catania, Massimo Bellini Theater, Opera Season.

 

BALLO IN MASCHERA (A Masked Ball) by G. Verdi (2013) Catania

Michele has over twenty years of professional experience spanning public affairs and government relations; planning, promotion and management of high-profile cultural events; fundraising; policy analysis; communications with the press and media; arts and cultural administration. He has extensive experience cultivating and maintaining strong partnerships among U.S. and foreign cultural organizations and governments. He has a great interest in the arts, especially films and opera.

Michele is a resourceful, proactive leader adept at managing sensitive communications among diverse cultural groups. He possesses both outstanding organizational skills as well as an in-depth knowledge of international affairs and effective business practices. Michele is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Russian, and Romanian.

Mr. Harrison is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Theatre and attended the Yale Drama School as a directing major. Additional studies in music and theatre were done at the Mannes School in New York, Peabody University, The Sorbonne and various schools and studios in Europe. He was an actor and singer for many years in musicals, television, and operas before becoming the General Director of three American regional opera companies, the last being the Baltimore Opera. There he was in charge of all operations both Administrative and Artistic. He was the principal fundraiser for all major gifts. During his tenure at Providence Opera Theatre he produced and televised a full length opera for PBS, Montimezzi’s “The Love of Three Kings”. He also was the television director for two operas in San Juan, PR. He has served as major gift solicitor for a number of educational, religious and arts organizations.