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Cinema-Television summer production workshops moved

Rome’s Cinecitta Studios will become a new destination this year for the USC Cinema-Television summer production workshops.

Professors Gerald Isenberg and Rick Jewell will be among the instructors for the courses, which complement the full Summer Production Workshop program at USC in Los Angeles.

The Cinecitta courses will explore all aspects of production, ranging from screenwriting to directing, editing and producing, as well as the study of Italian cinema, according to Isenberg, who spoke on a panel Wednesday during Italian Cinema Day at the Directors Guild of America.

The courses at Cinecitta will run July 1-Aug. 9.

“Cinecitta has maintained a close working relationship with the Hollywood movie industry over the years. Therefore, we feel that this is a very appropriate development for us with the USC School of Cinema- Television,” Cinecitta Studios marketing adviser Carole Andre-Smith told Daily Variety.

Int’l cooperation feted

Italian Cinema Day, celebrating cooperation between Hollywood and Rome as well as Cinecitta’s 65th anniversary, unspooled with panels and screenings throughout the day and culminated with a reception at the home of Italian Consul General Massimo Roscigno.

Italian movie star Giancarlo Giannini and his actor son Adriano Giannini, as well as film industry execs and cultural dignitaries from both Rome and Los Angeles, attended the event. (Adriano Giannini has just completed filming of a remake of Lina Wertmuller’s classic “Swept Away” for helmer Guy Ritchie — reprising his father’s starring role.)

In the morning two related seminars titled “Two Cinema Cities: Los Angeles-Rome” explored aspects of filming in Italy. The first panel tackled co-production and expected new tax incentives in Italy; the second covered the artistic influences of each filmmaking center on the other.

Panelists included producers Tom Sternberg and Paul Zaentz (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”); producer Ellen Little (“Titus”); producer Marco Chimenz of Rome’s Cattleya Prods.; Cinecitta general manager Lamberto Mancini; entertainment lawyers John Dellaverson and Mario Gallavotti; and Isenberg.

Panel lauds Italo shooting

Consensus among panelists was that even though bureaucracy can still be exasperating in Italy, the food, ambience and above all “the incredible craftsmanship and flexibility of Italian crews” makes shooting there worthwhile.

Variety exec editor Elizabeth Guider and European editor of special reports Sharon Swart moderated the panels.

During the afternoon, newly restored classic Italian films and docs, among them Martin Scorsese’s “Il Mio Viaggio in Italia” (My Trip to Italy) and Fellini’s “L’Intervista” were screened. Also unveiled in the DGA lobby was the first public exhibition of a collection of Italian film diva photographs, curated by Turin’s National Museum of Cinema.

Italian Cinema Day was organized jointly by Cinecitta and the Italian Film and Trade Commission in Los Angeles, with the participation of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and Italia Cinema.

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