By Jason BAFFA


Documentary - Completed 2013

Filmmaker Jason Baffa chronicles the personal journey of Chris Del Moro and his friends Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, Conner & Parker Coffin and Italian stand-outs Alessandro Ponzanelli and Leonardo Fioravanti as they explore the surf scene blossoming amongst the Mediterranean's oldest traditions.

& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2013
Savage Cinema
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Road movie, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • USA, ITALY
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 86 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jason BAFFA
    • Producer(s)
    • Ann-Thu LE, Greg SCHULTZ (Haymaker Projects), Scott GRIEST
    • Synopsis
    • Born of mistral winds and witness to the birth of western civilization, the waves of the Italian coast have carried merchants, fishermen, travelers and kings.
      Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle destination.
      It is what Chris finds in the beauty of Italy and the unique connection the Italian people have with family and tradition that reveals a greater truth. Illuminating to all, the prospect that in this modern-fast-paced-world, remembering where we are from and preserving the importance of culture are paramount.
      Captured in 35mm, BELLA VITA is an intimate journey of self-discovery, seeped in culture, tradition, and passion.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2012
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