DAVID BATTISTELLA

 

WELCOME

DAVID BATTISTELLA Writer Director Actor & Editor
Award Winning Director
Screenwriter, Story editor, Columnist
Thousands of hours in the edit room.
Student of Lewis Baumander, Toronto Canada.

David Battistella is an award winning director and also a writer, producer, editor and actor. In 2002, his feature documentary, “Shinny: The Hockey in All of Us” (75 minutes) won the Banff World Television Festival Rockie Award for best sports documentary.Since moving to Florence Italy in 2011 David has produced 4 Documentary films (2 short subject and 2 Feature length) in and around the city and throughout Tuscany.

He moved to Florence to combine his love of architecture and passion for film to produce, research and write the fascinating story of the world’s first architect Filippo Brunelleschi. A two time TED speaker in two languages David delivers talks on the subject of the Renaissance, Florence’s Cupola and Brunelleschi’s construction of it. A multi-disciplined filmmaker with a solid background in production, David brings leadership, skill and knowledge to every level of production. He’s a visual director with a keen sensibility for delicate storytelling.

David began his career in Ottawa, Canada at the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau where he refined his skills as a sound recordist and DOP. Later, as documentary film editor he worked on Network programs for; CBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic as well US Network shows like 60 minutes, Dateline NBC as well as making several films for the esteemed National Film Board of Canada.

David actively contributes to the film community. As past chair of key industry organisations, like the Toronto FCP User Group, David has lectured and taught industry professionals. He participates actively in online forums like Creative Cow and Reduser to facilitate professional growth of individuals.

NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT DAVID’S WORK

SUSAN REISLER Former documentary Journalist and Producer with CBC Television and now a VP at the public relations firm Media Profile

“David is one of the most sensitive and creative people I have worked with. Whether it was shooting video, or editing, David had great ideas for telling the story. And, he always had the latest best equipment to work with. He understood what we were doing from all perspectives and his input always made our work better.”

GERRY FLAHIVE Producer: National Film Board of Canada

“David Battistella is an award-winning filmmaker who has had a long and fruitful relationship with the  National Film Board of Canada (NFB).  The NFB is an internationally-respected Canadian film institution created in 1939.  It has produced over 13,000 films which have won over 5000 awards.

David is a seasoned filmmaker who places an emphasis on craft.  I am pleased to recommend him as an extraordinary creative collaborator.”

CORRADO SILVERI Owner E-motion Genoa

“David is, and actually acts as, a real gentleman. Like a gentleman from the last century, with the honour, the compliance with rules and the respect of the efforts of the crew.

He’s a creative mind of the last century with a technical knowledge of this very time.

His skills as cinematographer are awesome too.
So, you guessed it, I really can’t say more positive words about David.”

GEORGE TATGE Photographer

“David’s films are technically impeccable, but more importantly, they project the passion he infuses them with. He will not choose a subject that does not touch him in an intimate way.  And the piecing together of the parts is done with tender loving care.  He is a very intelligent, sensitive and gentle man.  Working with him was as simple as sitting at a bar with a couple of beers in hand.  In fact, he has become a good friend and we hit the bars as much as possible.”

LEWIS BAUMANDER Founder Lewis Baumander Acting School, Toronto

“David has spent hundreds of hours honing his acting skills in my classes and many more refining his skills as a director witnessing other actors work through ongoing scene study and on camera class training.

As a student David regularly attended evening classes and often showed a strong commitment to working toward his goals of being present to the material and his colleagues.  As a scene partner David demonstrated a willingness to improve his skill and is generous to his fellow actors.”

CHRISTINA POCHMURSKY Award Winning Filmmaker

“David worked as an editor on one of my award winning documentaries. He brought passion, precision, intelligence, craft, and intensity to every every moment of the project. He’s a talented story-teller, who also knows how to use imagery and digital technology like a master : with reverence for the past combined with a shrewd understanding of future trends.”

GREG TWINNEY  CFO, HOOTSUITE

“I’ve known David since before he made the bold move to Italy to change his life around a pursue what made him curious.  I appreciate anyone who works hard toward even seemingly impossible goals because I’ve set high standards my whole career.  David and I are in different fields, but I recognize his drive and commitment are universal themes needed to achieve any dream or desire of any magnitude.”

MICHAEL GRIPPO CSC Cinematographer

“David is a talented and passionate media professional!”

ANN TAIT Executive Producer: Iron Road

“David creates visual poetry through his haunting images and the powerful rhythms of his editing.”

David Battistella – Resident Filmmaker

I am a huge believer in making films right where you live. When I lived in the great Toronto Junction, I made films with and about the places and people around me. I can travel great distances to make films and I still do, but I believe that a filmmaker, especially anyone who considers themselves a documentary filmmaker, needs to absolutely explore the miles immediately around where they live.

Only you can really tell the story about the place you live in, day in and day out. Knowing your surroundings and filming and documenting the people and places around you is an essential way to communicate the intricate nature of community. Community is more about geography now than it has ever been as a wave of global monoculture dispalces the natural flow of the living spaces where humans gather.

WRITER

Screenplay: UNDONE
Screenplay: ALPHABET PEACE
Screenplay: PLAYING THE RUSH
Screenplay: THE QUITTER
Current Screenplay: LIFE OF FILIPPO BRUNELLESCHI
Screenwriter : SHINNY, THE HOCKEY IN ALL OF US
Screenwriter/Story Editor: ODD KID OUT
Screenwriter : BRYAN ADAMS, BARE BONES
Screenwriter : THE TRAJICALLY HIP, FAMILY BAND
Screenwriter: RIPPER HOCKEY (five episodes)
Screenplay: Travellers Wasteland

Columnist for The Florentine, in Florence, Italy.
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Nationally published opinion pieces in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper.
WE NEED A NATIONAL SHINNY DAY

David Battistella: Special to the Globe and Mail

STICKING UP FOR SHINNY
David Battistella: Special to the Globe and Mail

Creative Cow Magazine

15 Published Articles onCreative Cow Website
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SELECTED EDITING CREDITS

SHINNY: The Hockey in all of Us
77 min NFB*

INCREDIBLE MEDICAL MYSTERIES
60min TLC, Discovery, Health*

JIM CARRY Somebody Stop Me
60 min CBC TV*

THE MOST DANGEROUS
ANIMAL IN CANDA
60 min Discovery Channel

TEAM SPIRIT : THE JORDIN AND TERRENCE TOOTOO STORY
60 min CTV*

THE SEXUAL CENTURY
60 min CBC, Channel 4 UK*

INCIDENT AT ROSWELL
60 min History Telelvision*

STRAIGHT ARROW
30 min History Televison

MARY PICKFORD: A LIFE
60 min CBC TV*

THE DANCING GAME
60 min NFB/CBC*

DECODING GIRL POWER
30 min CBC TV*

IF DINOSAURS COULD FLY
60 min Discovery Channel*

STRESS
30 min The Health Show, CBC TV

FLIGHTPATH: Beaver Fever
60 min Discovery Channel

FLIGHTPATH: Airships 2000
60 min Discovery Channel

FLIGHTPATH: Hurricane Hunters
60 min Discovery Channel*

THE UNOFFICIAL STORY
90 min CBC TV

THE HAMBLIN FAMILY
30 min CBC TV

FIELD OF GENES
60 min CBC TV

NEWSREELS TO NIGHTLY NEWS
60 min A&E/History US

AMERICANIZATION
90 min CBC TV

72 Hours
90 min CBC TV

FATHERS, SONS & HOCKEY
30 min CBC TV*

XANADU: Domestic Perfection
60 min CBC TV

*denotes award winning or nominated film

IMDB CREDITS

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ACTOR Film & TV

CSI True Stories: Cold Blood Disturbed (TV)
Breakout (TV)
Forensic Factor (TV)
Ripperhockey Episode 1 (WEB)
Ripperhockey Episode 2 (WEB)
Impact (CORPERATE)
FreeCreditRepot.com (US NATIONAL COMMERCIAL)
Writers Block (SHORT FILM)
Undone (SHORT FILM)
Alphabet Peace (SHORT FILM)
Traveller’s Wasteland (SHORT FILM)

PUBLIC SPEAKING

TED SALON, LONDON

TED X Firenze, Italy

British Institute, Florence Italy

Palazzo Tournabuoni, Florence Italy

Playback Innovations Forum
Alphabet Peace Live Events
Shinny (Public screenings)

 

DOCUMENTARY

LIGHT & SILVER

The Photographic Life of George Tatge

This film began with a simple concept.  David was expecting delivery of the RED EPIC MX camera, a 5K dynamo that had just been used to film a Spiderman movie. He was about to receive this digital marvel and wanted the first film he made with this new digital tool to honor the process of chemical film. David met photographer George Tatge and after a great lunch at his home they set out to make a documentary about how he makes photographs, one large film negative at a time with his view camera.

The film has screened at NAB in Las Vegas, Italy and France accompanying George’s photographic shows and their friendship endures. That is the most important part.

LIGHT & SPIRIT

The Spiritual Life of Don Alessandro Pacchia

Luce e Spirito explores the working life of Don Alessandro Pacchia, an 83 year old priest at the Basilica of Florence, made famous by Brunelleschi’s Cupola. The film traces his 47 years as a simple priest who’s work as Sacristan has never changed.

The film was captured by filmmaker David Battistella over a period of 15 months with unprecedented access to Don Alessandro’s personal and working life.

Don Alessandro has a unique job in a unique place, with a unique perspective and his career has helped form his worldly point of view.

 

THE INNOCENTS OF FLORENCE

Saving the children of the Renaissance

When art restorers in Florence begin work on a 600 year old painting they lead the journey to uncover the story of the city’s forgotten children, and the women who saved them.

It’s 1410 and there is a huge social problem in Florence. Babies are being abandoned and dying at an alarming rate. To solve the problem Florence’s humanists organise and build a hospice for babies and young mothers.

Flash forward 600 years. Two women, an American and an Italian, are tasked with the restoration of the work due to be displayed after the renovation and reopening of the museum.

HAND MADE MONEY

Il Fiorino d’Oro

Need some money? This film demonstrates historical techniques used to hand hammer money in 13th century Florence. The Florentine goldsmith who appears in the film is Paolo Penko. He still uses the technique to make handmade 24 carat gold Florins. Each coin contains more than three grams of solid gold.

It’s a Florentine tradition to give a Florin to a newborn baby as a keepsake, good luck piece and symbol to build for the future.

The phrase, “One gold Florin today for many in the future.” is often used to accompany the tradition.

 

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