Paolo Felici
Editor in Chief- Art Director – Graphic Designer

Paolo Felici has always held a strong interest in the cinematic arts, which first took root while at university where he attended classes for two years (1974-76) on “History and Critique of Film”. After the degree in Literature,  he graduated at the Scuola di Cinematografia, the Rome-based film school founded by Renzo Rossellini.
His passion for cinema led him in 1980 to work as a film programmer on the art house movie circuit in Rome, specializing in film from the Eastern Bloc. He travelled through Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia in search of film reels, mostly by dissident filmmakers. Upon his return to Rome in 1981 he was the first to screen the previously unreleased Teni zabytych predkov and Sayat Nova by the Georgian director Sergej Paradjanov (who in the 1970s was accused of homosexuality and traffiking of icons and  sent to a Russian concentration camp). The following year, in collaboration with Sofia Film Library, he organised the first ever festival of Bulgarian film, screening unforgettable features such as Ikonostasat and The Last Summer by Kristo Kristov. That same year he organised Italy’s first ever film festival  on Poland’s Nouvelle Vague by screening films directed by Jerzy Skolimowski: Rysopis (1964), Walkover (1965) and  Barriera  (1966). And the 1967 film Ręce do gory!, banned in Poland.
In late 1983, he relocated to France in order to produce and shoot a documentary on the life of Jean Vanier, the eminent Canadian anthropologist and founder of the Ark Community. Upon his return to Italy in 1984, he began a collaboration with national broadcaster RAI as a programme director for cultural programming on TG1 channel, for which he shot a series of documentary shorts on the story of art. The following year he began location scouting in Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia for a full-length documentary on Serbian Byzantine art, which he shot in late 1985. Entitled Alle Porte di Bisanzio it was produced by RAI TRE in association with Marina Piperno’s Reiac Film in collaboration with Università “La Sapienza”, Faculty of Literature and Arts in Rome
Towards the end of 1986, his interest turned principally to art, architecture and publishing. He spent a year investigating art associated with mental illness. This proved a springboard for further research and a series of trips to Vienna, Lausanne and Paris, on the trail of psychotic artists such as Adolf Wolfli, Johan Hauser, Fraz X. Messershmidt and E. Josephson. He focused on “Art Brut” and “Psychotic Art”. In 1990 he directed and shot a documentary on Jean Dubuffet.
He created and launched a magazine entitled The Scenographer, an English-language periodical dedicated to designers and directors of stage and screen.
He is co-founder of the Study Centre for Scenic Arts (SCSA), an organisation that promotes and fosters initiatives relating to all aspects of the scenic arts.
As director of the SCSA, since 2009 he has been instrumental in organising a programme of seminars, workshops and conferences hosting world renowned designers in a number of European cities, in addition to two festivals on scenography in London and another in Rome.
He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in the UK.

Maria Harman
Publisher – International Managing Editor

 

Dana Pinto
UK Managing Editor

Dana Pinto studied Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, BA (Hons) Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, Post-Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Scenography from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.
Having designed the set and costumes on several productions for stages including Bridewell, Stratford Circus, Contact Theatre Manchester, Bloomsbury, the Old Vic, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Along with working as a Freelance Scenographer, Dana has written published Qualifications for an educational awarding body based on aspects of the Theatre Arts. It is through her knowledge of Scenography, delivering education and writing new curriculums, that has led her to build the online business ‘School of Scenography’ to empower new, up and coming Scenographers in embarking their journey through Scenography.