06/10/2013 | by Alex Dick-Read
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 and destination.
Filmmaker Jason Baffa chronicles Chris and his friends Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lyndsey Hill, Conner & Parker Coffin and Italian stand-outs Alessandro Ponzanelli and Leonardo Fioravanti as they explore the burgeoning new surf culture blossoming among the Mediterranean’s oldest and cherished traditions.
A visual epic captured in stunning 35mm, Bella Vita is an intimate and powerful journey of self-discovery, seeped in culture, tradition, and passion- where family comes first.
Baffa’s filmmaking background and work as a commercial director & cameraman (Patagonia Clothing, Oakely, SPY Sunglasses, Ford Motors, Kashi) and reputation as a modern surf-genre innovator (Singlefin: yellow & OneCalifornia Day), fuel this documentary with an intimate and romantic perspective woven amongst an awe-inspiring travel pictorial. Producers include commercial heavyweights, Anh-Thu Le and Greg Schultz. Fall 2013 release.
This film is supported in part by JEEP & Castellani Wine