Film

  • A Florentine Man
  • GRANTEE
    Granny Cart Productions:
    Elettra Fiumi &
    Lea Khayata
    GRANT YEAR
    2015

Fabrizio Fiumi (far left,) during the filming of his feature film Minotauros: Il Nulla Non Ha Centro, 1977. Courtesy of Gabriele Cavicchioli.

A Florentine Man is a documentary feature film that explores the works of Fabrizio Fiumi, a member of the 1960s and ’70s Florentine radical architecture group 9999, as his daughter Elettra rediscovers it after his passing. Fiumi's work with the group, colored by design and multimedia experimentation, laid the foundation for his later influential contributions to culture, including his founding of the Florence Film Festival and his invention of the first digital subtitling system. As Elettra searches through his archives—including footage shot by him and by her sister, interviews with his colleagues, and contributions by scholars of the movement in Florence, Venice, New York, Paris, and Los Angeles—the viewer engages in an international conversation between father and daughter, past and present, allowing for an in-depth, personal look at a movement and a time, never before seen on screen.

Elettra Fiumi and Lea Khayata are producers/directors/shooters/editors, who founded Granny Cart Productions, a New York-based business that produces videos, including MSNBC's Breaking Glass series. Past projects have included work for the BBC, the Economist, and Monocle; Singing The Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition; the New York production of I Am A Girl; The Office, a short made at MIT/Goethe Institut's Labour In A Single Shot workshop, led by Antje Ehmann and the late Harun Farocki, which will be exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015; and excerpts of A Florentine Man, which were exhibited at Museo del 900 and LACE Gallery. Granny Cart, founded after Fiumi and Khayata graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, has been featured by Crain's Business, Columbia Visuals, and Young Female Entrepreneurs.