A portrait of Giulio Gelardi, a producer of Manna, a specialty product produced as purely as possible by traditionalists like Gelardi in the area around Castelbuono and Pollino and sold to herbalist shops with the support and encouragement of the Slow Food movement, which believes that keeping the tradition alive will preserve the ash groves, the local environment and local culture.
Manna Man belongs to the Unique Trades collection, a set of short documentaries depicting obsessions and trades on the fringe of existence. These intimate portraits capture committed individuals, striving undeterred in their obsolete worlds. –fabrica.it
Born in London in 1982, ever since childhood Alex has been fascinated by film whether it be animation, documentary or fiction. He made films as a young boy: animations, recordings of controlled explosions and staged works of fiction with friends.
At the University of Brighton he achieved a 1st class BA Honours degree in Visual Communication. He worked for various BBC
departments on research, production, staging and filming.
In 2006, Alex was awarded a scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre in Italy. During his time at Fabrica, Alex has filmed in twelve countries around the world including: Uganda, India, Japan, Australia and Senegal. He has consolidated and developed a strong observational shooting style, giving particular attention to the small details that turn an everyday situation into a sequence of dramatic and visually engaging material.
Alex’ work has been shown internationally and has been published on internet platforms such… read more