going by nicolo, speaking only eye-talian in my first feature film role, and pretending billyburg is italy.
Got to film a few scenes this past week in an indie feature directed by award winning filmmaker and composer, Sasha Gordon. Played Dezi, a grumpy photographer, and shared my scenes with two of the film's leads, former NYU classmates from back in the day Danny DeFerarri and Cristin Milioti. More info to come on that.
but if i may for a second.
This was another gig in a trend of gigs this summer making use of my italian fluency.
After years of going by "Nic" professionally and not pursuing hiding my italian roots in fear that certain types of roles would be barred from me, (despite the fact that I am rather adept at most accents), I've taken back my name and so much work has come forward because of it. I'm proud to be going by Nicolo professionally now and not making myself be so easy for people.
I am many things, and I am not ashamed of any bit of my recipe.
I am complex, and because of it, I bring quite a lot to the table. It does not make me a risk, it makes me an asset.
Sono Italo-Americano. Sono orgoglioso.
and I'm so much more,
you just have to take the time.
"sharper than ever the air remaining, you must breathe. breathe and be you."
-from one of my favorite poets, Paul Celan, whose poems I once recorded in Italian.
"I am large. I contain multitudes."
also, this is the quote tattooed on my back, in case you've ever wondered:
"If you do not need to hear my thought, because you can read it in my face and behavior, then I will tell it you from sunrise to sunset. If you cannot divine it, you would not understand what I say. I will not molest myself for you. I do not wish to be profaned."
-From my hero Ralph Waldo Emerson and his essay the Transcendentalist
a reading of "leitmotif" by mateus Ciucci in the hamptons this past weekend: or, how you aggravate a strained shoulder tendon by driving stick shift four hours to an awesome gig.
I returned this past weekend to the Southampton Stony Brook campus to help graduate playwright Mateus Ciucci develop his play about the Brazilian revolution in the late 60s. I've been reading the role of Salvatore for him for a number of readings over the past few months in various table reads, and it's been a pleasure to be able to speak so much of my second language, Italian, in the role, and to help bring his grandfather to life. I was joined by a huge cast of talented students and a few actors like me who came in from the city, and we were directed by a talented young Grad director named Brian Clemente. I applaud Mateus for all his work on this ambitious, multi-lingual, historical piece/family drama and I wish him continuing success. At our first table read the weekend prior, we were joined by Jon Robin Baitz who gave fantastically generous feedback and insight and it was a pleasure for all of us in the room to get to meet him and watch him and another writer director work. And the Stonybrook program seems like a really great one and I was delighted to get to know it a little better.
Also, the Hamptons are super oowoo fancy and pretty and i drove a stick shift all day which brought me back to my days cursing around in my jeep wrangler. And then I aggravated my shoulder tendon. Whoops.
my "rebel earth FILMS:one hour trash" video, by nidia medina. and available on their website. (From last year)
REBEL EARTH FILMS
Our goal is use the power of film and animation to change the environmental outlook of an entire generation. To show people how their lives can have a positive and cumulative impact on the environment and on all the creatures that share our home. If we can show that our ideas are not far off fantasies, but achievable realities, and empower people enough to believe that they can make a difference, then we can achieve the extraordinary.
2014 part 1:complete. a few (work unrelated) pics that celebrate the steadily growing spirit of peace this year has begun to impart. abundance and love y'all. hope our smiles might make you smile.
short film i'm featured in: "the present," by holle singer and reiner magik, selected for LA Shorts festival!!
The Present (Dir. Holle Singer & Rainer Magik)
Drama / USA / 18 min.
An obsessed girl journeys alone through a landscape of memory and instant messages as she makes her way from Brooklyn to Costa Rica to reunite with her love.
(Click Face Above for Director: Holle Singer, Rainer Magik
LA SHORTS FEST Producer: Holle Singer, Sydney Smith
site ) Writer: Sydney Smith, Rainer Magik
Cast: Audrey Jessup, Sam Borenz, Hugo Contreras, Nic Grelli
From wh auden's September 1, 1939:
"Defenceless under the night /Our world in stupor lies; /Yet, dotted everywhere, /Ironic points of light /Flash out wherever the Just /Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them /Of Eros and of dust,/ Beleaguered by the same /Negation and despair/, Show an affirming flame."