Massimo Bacigalupo (Rapallo, Genoa, Italy, 1947). His first works were produced for the local Amateur Film Club. For some years he helped organize the Rapallo International Amateur Film Festival. In 1966 his feature Quasi una tangente was awarded first prize in the Montecatini Film Festival. Bacigalupo, who was nineteen-year-old at the time, remembers that he was sitting in the audience with Lillian Gish and Anita Loos, who happened to be visiting Montecatini (Lillian was a friend of Massimo’s parents).
Marie Louise Alemann (North Rhine-Westphalia, 1927 - Buenos Aires, 2015) was a pioneer filmmaker of Argentine experimental cinema. Between the seventies and eighties, she teamed up with fellow filmmakers such as Narcisa Hirsch, Claudio Caldini and Juan José Mugni, among others, and played an important role in the promotion of experimental cinema in Buenos Aires.
Martha Davis was born in London, Ontario in 1959. She recieved her Honours B.A. in Filmand Drama from the University of Toronto and began her career as a still photographer. She has made over twelve films and served on the boards of Directors of the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre and The Funnel.
For a short period in the 1970s, then-Chicago-based filmmaker Bruce Wood created several amazing and intensely beautiful black and white abstract films. And then he stopped; not an uncommon story. In recent years growing attention has been paid to "forgotten" regional filmmakers around the country - and Chicago is no exception. Hidden gems are being rediscovered and shining again years after they were made.
The enigmatic work of Swiis filmmaker and artist Klaus Lutz (1940-2009) lies somewhere between the meditations of a recluse and the fantasies of a utopia visionary. With reminiscences of Georges Méliès, Chaplin, the Russian avant-gardes and the Bauhaus, with a touch of futurism, his films are mysterious mental landscapes that tell almost mythological stories about a man who lives in a strange, solitary world.