Filmservice solutions was born in 2011 as participatory initiative building on five decades of experience in documenting, through video reportage, social, political and cultural dynamics in developing countries. Specific attention and focus has been always payed, within our documentary production, to ethnic and linguistic minorities. This interest and commitment in preserving and promoting cultural specificities encouraged Filmservice in reaching out to local communities and providing them with tools and technical expertise. That same effort is aiming, today as in the past, at empowering civil societies groups and individuals and promoting cultural pluralism and minority rights.
1960 – 1969: Mr. Gianni began his career as a photojournalist for the Florence newspaper, La Nazione, covering all aspects of the daily life of Toscany
, sports, entertainment, sci/tech and his favorite, forensics.
1972 – 1974: founded Karma Film, an association of avant-garde filmmakers with philosophic ideals in team filmmaking. Produced underground films Karma “Errore di gruppo” and Karma 2 “A Zen Fable”.
1975: founded and director of the production company FILM SERVICE.
July 1976: filmed and collaborated on the feature film “Claro” directed by Glauber Rocha.
In 1977: filmed and produced numerous films for the advertising and industrial documentary sectors; produced and directed a 16 mm. film on the 1977 student movement in Italy for Italian State Radio-Television, RAI UNO (Italy – Channel One), entitled “Great is the disorder under the sky, the situation is excellent”. Filmed and produced a 60-minute film on Indira Gandhi’s coup d’etat in India broadcast as a ‘special report’ and also sold to the German TV station ZDF:
– filmed and produced a 2-hour reportage in Ladakh (India);
– filmed and produced a 50-minute film on motherhood, directed by Anna Carini and Annabella Miscuglio;
– filmed and produced a series of short films on the history of art in collaboration with the cartoonist Lorenzo Taiuti;
– filmed and produced a 60-minute musical film on the Italian singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini.
July 1979: produced and directed in four 30-minute parts, the program “Man and the Desert in the World” for world wide distribution by RAI UNO (Italy – Channel One).
September 1980: produced and directed the 60-minute musical “For the Waning Moon” for RAI TRE (Italy – Channel Three).
November 1981: produced and directed the 60-minute film inquiry “Italians in India” for RAI UNO’s series “Group photograph”.
January 1982: filmed and co-produced the cinema film “Solej a story of Elves”.
September 1982: produced and directed a series of short films shot in Japan for RAI UNO’s “Colosseum”.
February 1983: filmed and produced “Aiurveda”, a 60-minute film on traditional Indian medicine, for the anthropological department of Rome University.
March 1983: produced and directed two anthropological documentaries on traditions and rituals in Orissa and Jugerat, India, for the anthropological department of Rome University.
March 1984: produced and directed “The Last Maharajahs”, a 60-minute film on Indian kingdoms.
June 1984: filmed, produced and marketed a series of educational films on Indian cuisine for the home video market.
March 1985: produced and directed a 60-minute film on the Nepalese monarchy.
April 1985: produced, directed, and marketed a series of educational films on traditional cuisine of Nepal for the home video market.
June 1985: produced and directed five episodes of the new program “Reporter” for RAI UNO:
– The war in Afghanistan;
– Sihk seperatists in India;
– Interview with Dhali Lama Dharm Shala;
– Opal mining in Australia;
– Interview with the Prime Minister of Jugerat.
January 1986: founded the “Association Italian Documentarist” (ADI) with Gil Rossellini, son of Roberto.
March 1986: produced and directed the 75-minute film “The Independent” on the life of the “garimpeiros”, the Amazon gold-seekers. Set in Brazil, this film was selected for the 1987 Italian Salsomaggiore Festival.
February 1987: filmed the 13-part documentary “African Rainbow”, a 2000 km journey on the Congo River in Zaire on a rubber raft. The series of 30-minute episodes was co-produced in collaboration with RAI DUE (Italy – Channel two) and TELEHACHETTE (France).
April 1987: produced and directed “Stronghold”, a 15-minute film on the world of high finance, for Giovanni Minoli’s program “Mixer” on RAI DUE.
May 1987: produced and directed “Noventa”, a 15-minute film on the world of international espionage, for Giovanni Minoli’s program “Mixer” on RAI DUE.
July 1987: produced and directed three 15-minute films for RAI DUE’s program “Arcobaleno” (rainbow). Episodes on the Tamil tigers in Sri Lanka, the Indian aristocracy, and the WWF’s “Tiger Project”.
January 1988: produced and directed a 30-minute film in America for the RAI DUE “Mixer” program entitled “Nuclear wars; myths or reality?”.
February 1988: produced and directed two 30-minute films for Giovanni Minoli’s program “Mixer” on RAI DUE. Episode one “The Man from Malindi” in Kenya and Episode two “White Hunters” in Zimbabwe.
May 1988: produced “The Bush King”, a 35 mm., 110-minute feature film for Italian cinema, commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Tourism and the Arts.
February 1989: produced and directed the 30-minute film “Bridge between East and West”, filmed in Turkey for the RAI DUE program “Mixer”.
March 1989: produced and directed a world exclusive interview with the daughter of Imam Khomeini filmed in Iran and broadcast on RAI TRE and CBS in the United States.
December 1989: produced and directed “Toscani brava gente”, a 90-minute feature film for the Italian cinema, financed by the Italian Film Commission.
September 1990: produced and directed “THE KALASH”. Filmed in the Hindukush, this is the pilot episode of a documentary series on disappearing ethnic minorities.
November 1990: produced and directed a series of monographs on contemporary Italian artists for the Museum of Modern Art in Prato, Italy.
April 1991 – July 1995: created, wrote, produced, filmed and directed “The Argonaut”, a 20-part documentary series of thirty-minute episodes which explores the ethnic minorities in danger of disappearing. Filmed around the world in Peru, Pakistan, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Iraq, India, Algeria, Colombia, Mali, Costa Rica, Thailand, Panama, Burma and Venezuela.
February 1996: produced and directed “Ethnic Europe”, a documentary series which explores European ethnic minorities. The four episodes of 30-minute are produced in conjuction with the European Film Commission.
February 1998: produced and directed four additional episodes of “Ethnic Europe”.
February 1999: produced and directed a documentary series on Indian culture; ten episodes of 15-minute for the program “Un Mondo a Colori” broadcast on the RAI Educational channel.
January 2000: produced and directed a 30-minute pilot episode for an unprecented documentary series on the Cold War, filmed in Russia.
March 2000: produced and directed a 14-part documentary series on human rights in Central America, broadcast on the RAI Educational channel.
March 2001: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the Subak (water distribution system) in Bali for “Geo”, a daily program on RAI TRE.
May 2001: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the poaching of sturgeon in Daghestan, caviar producing region of the former Soviet Union.
October 2001: produced and directed “Cuore nel gesso”, a 55-minute documentary film on famous Italian sculpture.
February 2002: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on Shamanism in Siberia.
March 2002: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the Nenet people in Siberia.
June 2002: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the beauty of Val’ Dorcia in Toscany, Italy.
February 2003: produced and directed a 50-minute documentary on the social politics of Georgia, in the former Soviet Union.
March 2004: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary for RAI TRE on the emptying of the Aral Sea in Kazakistan, in the former Soviet Union.
May 2004: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary in New York City on new ways to build public parks.
February 2005: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the Marine National Park of the Arguen Bank in Mauritania.
April 2005: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the Kampa people, the indomitable shepards of Tibet.
September 2005: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary film on the Italian opal miners of Coober Pedy, Australia. Mr. Gianni returns after 20 years to update his first exploration in 1985.
February 2006: produced and directed a 50-minute documentary film on eighteenth century Italian explorer Orazio Antinori, filmed in Ethiopia for RAI Educational channel and the University of Perugia (Italy).
March 2006: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary film on the aftermath of the Tsunami in the Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal.
June 2007: produced and directed a two-part documentary film in Ladakh, in the Himalayas, on the border of Tibet. In episode one, after 30 years, Mr. Gianni returns to film the sacred dance of the monks at Lamayru Monestary and is greeted by a friend he met on his previous journey. In episode two, the life of a herder who raises Pashmina goats.
– begin work on the documentary film “Florida Cracker Cowboys”, a co-production with Self Discovery Productions;
– exhibition of photographic art printed on canvas in 36 X 48 format. Images are inspired by the accompanying 12-minute documentary film on the sacred dance of Tibetan monks.
November – December 2008: produced and directed SPAGHETTI FACE (four episodes of 50 minutes) on the life of Italian soldiers deployed in four peacekeeping missions.
January – February 2009: produced and directed “FILL A VOID”, a 50-minute documentary on the 2001 war in Afganistan.
June – July 2009: produced and directed two documentaries of 50 minutes each, one on the Banda islands and the other one on the Bughis (ethnic Indonesian).
March 2010: produced and directed “2117 MILES WITH THE SAILORS OF LIBECCIO”, a documentary film on the hunting for Somali pirates.
December 2010: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary film on the Santhal (ethnicity) of the West Bengal.
- produced and directed three documentaries of 50 minutes on Indian minorities such as Apatani, NAGA and MAJOLIN;
– produced and directed a Reportage on the Libyan revolution;
– co-directed a 110-minute documentary film on the life of Italian director Mario Monicelli, selected for the Venezia Festival.
June 2012: produced and directed a documentary film on the overfishing issue in the Mediterranean Sea.
December 2012: produced and directed a 30-minute documentary on the restoration of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan (Italy).
September 2013: realized for Rai TRE – Geo & Geo TV progam – three documentaries about three wetlands areas of Sardinia Island (Italy).
January 2014: started a documentary film about multi ethnic districts in Rome (Tor Pignattara).
February 2014: produced a short film about the American artist, Pat Steer, who made an exhibition in Rome.