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Before Valentina Castellani was a flicker in her dad or mum’s eyes, she was destined to vary the world.   She was born in Florence, Italy, and her household owned an Opera House Theatre, referred to as “Teatro Verdi.”   Her Grandfather, Riccardo Castellani, was one of the necessary producers of the Fellini movies and distributors of the Golden Period of Italian cinema. With this estimated background, where is she going to make her mark?

After the dying of her husband, Francesco Quinn, son of Oscar profitable actor, Anthony Quinn, she created Quinn Studios and embarked on a journey to make him proud.  Quinn Studios determined to put its mark on the global stage within the areas of entertainment, the arts and world peace.  A really tall order indeed. Ms. Quinn wasted no time, and in 2012, she produced her first tv documentary collection referred to as “Life on a Bike” based mostly on the Italian pro cycling tour “Giro D’Italia.”  Together with her ft planted and her wings retreating, Quinn Studios co-produced the film “The Butterfly’s Dream” and caught the attention of the Golden Globes and Academy Awards in 2014 with a nomination for “Best Foreign Movie.”  “The Butterfly’s Dream” would go on to take 13 Worldwide Awards. As Ms. Quinn entered the worldwide stage, her studio helped on the post-production of “The Square”, a documentary on the Egyptian conflict, which gained major International Awards, including the “Directors Guild, “Sundance Film Festival,” “Berlin Film Festival,” and “Dubai Film Festival in 2014.  Not shying away from conflict, Quinn studios completed an award-winning documentary about peace in the Middle East: “ONE ROCK THREE RELIGIONS” and gained the “Human Rights Award,” along with “The U.S. Congress Award” for its recognition of the movie’s efforts to create dialogue among nations, religions, and ethnicities worldwide.

After making her mark on the global stage in such a brief time period, the awards began coming in.   In 2017 Valentina was given the “City of Los Angeles Award” by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council Member Jose Huizar for her initiative, efforts and achievements in selling the restoration of the Iconic Anthony Quinn Mural “The Pope of Broadway.”  In 2018 Valentina was the recipient of the distinguished British “WIFTS” award for her work as a visionary producer.  In attendance to simply accept their awards have been the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and actress Gal Gadot, of “Wonder Woman”.

In 2019, Valentina expanded her Producer studios and created Quinn Studios Entertainment .  Her first production is the movie entitled “The White Snake” that may see her working with Native People and exploring various energies to grease and its impression on the world.  Together with her growing physique of labor, taking over this undertaking was a challenge she felt prepared for.

It could be straightforward to underestimate this soft-spoken, petite, mild-manner woman, however she packs a punch. She is diving in head first together with her workforce of renegades on the ground and utilizing her moral compass as her information.  Her movies have taken her to the Pope’s Backyard, Palestine, Standing Rock and subsequent up, the jungles of the Amazon.  She is working on her legacy and making her family proud.  I sat down with Ms. Quinn to speak about life and was impressed by what the human thoughts and spirit can accomplish.

How do you determine what films to direct and produce?  What is the which means behind your decision-making course of?

My tasks problem me deeply and drive me to step out of my consolation zone.  I research totally different elements of the world and cultures that I don’t know. I all the time believed that tasks select us someway….identical to the well-known Harry Potter quote, “It’s the wand that chooses the wizard.” Nevertheless, there are tasks that resonate with me very deeply. Although I have produced very totally different movies and documentaries in my career, at the core every of the films I produced, they have in widespread the love for humanity, a quest for understanding our spirit, our power, and a name to awaken and elevate the human condition.  I all the time obtain my highest objectives in life once I’m pressured in a state of deep comfortability and a want to seek out my middle by way of uncertainty …the missing ring, which unites the chain and closes the circle.

Your movies concentrate on worldwide issues.  Do you consider a movie might help or make the decision higher in two hours or much less?

Sure. I’m firmly satisfied that movies are still probably the most powerful and influential platform to convey an concept and message. With a simple phrase, a scene, a good script, and some great documentary tales, we will encourage a whole world. I are likely to face world issues because I wish to make individuals mirror and take a stand. Our last Documentary about peace in the Middle East, “One Rock Three Religions” gained many awards. It was screened for US Congress, receiving the ‘US Congress Award Recognition’ for its effort to advertise an open dialogue between nations, religions and ethnicities. As a outcome, Congress created two payments to advertise peace and set up protection of the minorities in the Center East.

I all the time say: “World Peace is a process, it takes time. To stop being afraid is a choice that may be made immediately.  It bends time and modifications the course of history.

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The story of you meeting the Pope for ‘One Rock Three Religions’ is an unimaginable story.  Can you share details- how you bought there, why you got there and what happened once you have been within the Garden?

Assembly Pope Francis and
filming within the Vatican Gardens was definitely one of many highlights of the

Once we started filming the documentary, we had a very small finances and no nice connections. I learn on the paper that Pope Francis just returned from Jerusalem, the place he invited the 2 Presidents, Shimon Perez and Mahmud Abbas, to wish collectively within the Vatican Gardens. I assumed, ‘this is it. We now have to seek out a approach to get the permits to shoot the assembly… In fact, this was a traditionally unprecedented occasion with the very best security and no public or press have been invited besides the Vatican press.

I had no connections within the Vatican, however I’ve great willpower. I knew we might find a means… I Googled the Pope…critically…I Googled the Vatican workplaces and referred to as them at 3am LA time. There are 9 hours of time difference with Italy. This is how my 10 night time’s confession (as I call it) started: I might call and converse with the Vatican Press office, night time after night time, explaining what we have been in the means of doing with the film. I noticed immediately that no “big name” or connection would matter, however truly what they cared about was understanding what sort of individual I was, my values, and my intent.

…On the 10th night time, I acquired the official permit to return and movie the historical meeting between the Pope and the 2 presidents and their prayer in the Vatican Gardens.

This moment utterly shifted our notion and imaginative and prescient of the movie: If the Pope was believing in our venture, we understood that we weren’t simply a couple of filmmakers believing in a cause however truly a full “tribe” all over the world connecting and uniting in the identical vision.

How did you find yourself in Standing Rock filming while the standoff was happening?  How was that have for you?

Our movie “THE WHITE
SNAKE” is concerning the Native People and various energies to
oil. I felt that the saga of
Standing Rock was very symbolic of what’s occurring globally.

It was humanity towards
know-how. The protests spoke loudly to the world concerning the significance of
respecting the planet and the setting. However, more importantly, to remember
who we’re as human beings, resonating collectively as one with the planet, each
other, and our soul. New applied sciences are out there which have proved profitable
in different nations that may ignite a new ‘system’ which beats in harmony with
the heartbeat of the planet.

The respect of filming with Chief Arvol Wanting Horse, Chief of All Stars Nations, and the Natives, in the midst of huge fields of nature and snow, surrounded by traditional Indian tepees, was like going again in time. I felt I used to be one with these individuals and nature, like part of a much greater vision. It absolutely modified my relationship with humanity and our surroundings. It made it real and filled with hope.

Do world affairs impact you right down to your soul or are you an optimistic individual and consider humanity and love will all the time win?

I am firmly rooted in the human situation. After having made a movie about peace in the Middle East and filming in Gaza and meeting with the individuals and the leaders of the three Abrahamic religions as well as the leaders and other people of many nations and ethnicities, it strengthened me on the superb energy of the human spirit.

I’ve filmed with
Native People on their Indian reservations. I saw them preventing for water, I
noticed them preventing injustice, I saw them defeated. And but I saw a large
spirit of unity and resilience arising. A spirit that goes past the actual
details and the every day insurmountable challenges. I noticed a majestic
spirit of power arising… I referred to as it “THE WHITE SNAKE” from the
historic Native American Prophecy, which refers to a new era arising from the
darkish ashes of the last century. An era of re-discovery of the human spirit and its
unique connection to the earth and humanity as one.

It feels prefer it takes
so much courage today to consider and keep robust and constructive. I meet a
lot of people day by day, from every stroll of life, absolutely discouraged, virtually

In my personal story and the journey, I walked by means of after the demise of Francesco, my husband, and the superb developments of my life and my work as a producer, taught me large resilience and flooded me with hope and radiant positivity. How can we not see the silver lining?

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What are two core rules that you simply reside by?

My life has introduced me troublesome
challenges. Some I chose and a few I didn’t. 
I had to face them with nice humility and endure. I have great love for
humanity, my Italian origins have all the time helped me stay grounded to like and
the real spirit of courage, honesty and hope.

When filming, how are the robust determination on what to place in and what to go away out of your movies handled?  Is there a voting process or do you just belief the editor?

I feel making a film is all the time about staff work. Once I make a movie, my crew is my household, and we’re one in creating the venture collectively. We meet every day and evaluate the footage and modifying collectively. We talk about and typically we have now totally different opinions. Every thing is put under consideration and every opinion issues. However, I all the time have in mind storytelling: the story has to unfold itself as a thread with its own dynamic and rhythm that needs to be understood and respected.

Films do not get made on their own.   There’s a business apply you need to know.  Movie packages, financing, conferences and tips on how to handle getting it all completed.   What recommendation do you might have for film makers on the best way to secure financing for his or her movies?

There’s never a rule and just one approach to discover financing for a challenge. Every movie has its own story and character.

I feel what’s necessary, to begin with, is to be prepared. Have a good script. A remedy. A press package on the venture. An inventory and bio of each member hooked up from the Director to producer to skills.  Have a price range and business plan developed that includes location capturing, day by day prices, and a time calendar. It’s so rather more affirmative and reassuring for an investor to see a well-developed plan.

I really like to satisfy with young filmmakers and take heed to everyone, but many occasions I meet with folks that tell me “I have an idea” …as if it is my duty to develop it into a plan. I encourage everyone to place their concepts on paper, nicely organized easy practical press package.

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What do you want your legacy to be?

My legacy is already
unfolding. It is one captained by enthusiasm for life and other people.

It is one in every of love and braveness. I’m a believer and a storyteller and consider our future is within.  We simply need to be courageous enough to see it!


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