Pokkoli Productions Videos and Poetry
I am an independent video maker, actor and poet and I have made up my mind to start a blog of my own. Now that the coronavirus has pulled a dark curtain across the scene, I won't be able to invite you to any performances or cine club viewings of my work anytime soon. Here you will find featured my short videos, video essays and occasionally, poems, as well as photos and reflections on my creative process. Hoping you'll find something that will make you laugh or stop to think, I invite you to click and enjoy.
My latest video, DEBT (2020). A story of dispossession in our times
Throwback: A big bug interviews me about a project originally made for the Open University film course 2011.
Il debito, in Italian
The Cosmic Omelette, a dystopian sci-fi fairy tale (2017)
I always wanted to be an actor. My expectations were fulfilled when I met Cristine Cibils, of the Living Theatre, an artist and director who worked with Judith Malina and Julian Beck, and later with actors from Peter Brook's company such as Tapa Sudana. For years she was my coach at the school of the Teatro della Contaminazione in Rome, performing at the "Ex Centrale del Latte". When she moved to Paris I decided to carry on her teachings, founding the cultural association "Officina Culturale Pokkoli & Co." I directed three short theatre pieces inspired by stories by the Italian writer Federigo Tozzi, presented at the "La Maggiolina" and "Anno Luce" cultural associations in Rome.I turned to making videos around 2000 after attending the Maldoror Cinema School in Rome and participating in a directing workshop held in Rome by staff of the New York Film Institute, and completing a video-making course at The Open University of Bath (UK). In 2013, I was certified as a "Glottodrama" Instructor which means that I learned to teach foreign languages through video and drama techniques using a method created by Carlo Nofri and sponsored by the E.U.
About my videos
In making videos I have drawn inspiration from authors like F.Tozzi, M. Duras, who I encountered in my theatre experience, but I have also written original scripts for "L'Anello" ("The Ring"), "La Frittata Cosmica" ("The Cosmic Omelette") and "Riflessioni intorno al Tempo" ("A Meditation on Time"). My videos have been presented at "La Maggiolina," the "Cine Club Detour" in Rome, and at the Aegean Arts Circle in Andros, Greece.
In my videos there's usually a protagonist/antihero who strives for liberation from the constraints and conventions of society. He may solve the conflict with the help of Nature, individual resources, good luck, imagination, or he may also succumb and become a victim. My works are generally ironic/grotesque comedies, but I have some very different projects currently in the making, such as "A Meditation on Time", which will be posted on this site next fall.
My videos are made simply, just a video camera or smart phone, cheap video editing software, costumes thrown together with whatever is at hand. The actors are generally friends who don't have any acting experience; occasionally they may be drama students. They enjoy expressing themselves in Italian and also in English. I thank them for their collaboration. This blog is also dedicated to them.
And last but not least, you may also find some poems of mine on this blog. Poetry is a wonderful experience because you can convey emotions, sensations, moods, and images -- an entire world of its own--- with just a few lines. You don't need a stage, a screen or an editing program. You just need your mind and words.