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Il Falconiere

Director's Statement

I was shooting a short movie in Italy. In the movie I had to find a crow, so I ended up finding a person who also trained many other kinds of birds. This person was the Gherardo Brami, the Falconer. Once I saw his collection of birds and the passion he had for flying, I couldn't avoid shooting a documentary about him. When shooting I did the entire movie alone with a friend, staying next to the falconer and recording him for 5 days straight, so that we could get as much footage as possible to make a short documentary out of it. Several events occurred, but I collected just the best ones while keeping a basic plot that could emphasize the glory of doing something in your life that you really want to do.

About the Filmmaker

Leonard Menchiari was born in Florence, Italy, in 1987 and began his interest in film at an early age. In 1999, he was a finalist and the youngest participant ever to be shown at the International Video Minute Festival at the Pecci Museum in Prato. He was also a finalist at the Pecci in 2001, 2004, and 2008. In 2004, Leonard's video "Making Films" was a finalist for the Ivy League "Excellence in Life" scholarship. He has made many short films independently, including "Spento dalla Speranza" (75" 2005) and "The White Crow" (23" 2008).

Leonard is currently a senior in Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. He has been working as the university's film projectionist since 2007 and is on LMU's Dean's List. In 2008 he supervised visual effects for the Radiohead music video "Weird Fishes" and in 2009 he made 3 short mixed media animations. In the fall of 2009 he directed a short animation that got selected in the Green Student Film festival. During his semester abroad in Dusseldorf, Germany, he shot a documentary "Il Falconiere", now listed in the Internet Movie Database. Just recently he finished his new short movie based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.