AUGUST 18, 2016: GIOVANNI FINALIZES SCORE FOR "PICK UP" - DIRECTED BY JEREMIAH KIPP and pRODUCED BY MANDY EVANS BROWN
JULY 17, 2016: GIOVANNI COMPLETES SCORE FOR XIN YING's "LAMENTATION"
JUNE 7, 2016: GIOVANNI COMPLETES SCORE FOR "HE SAID" - DIRECTED BY TARA LYNN ORR AND PRODUCED BY AVENUEROAD FILMS
NOVEMBER 19, 2015: "bis gleich" makes the short list of films COMPETING for an oscar nomination!
OCTOBER 5, 2015: "BIS GLEICH" WINS GOLD MEDAL AT MANHATTAN SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL AFTER BEING SCREENED AT OVER 300 VOTING VENUES WORLDWIDE.
MAY 18, 2015: "BIS GLEICH" WINS BEST SHORT FILM AT THE EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - AMERICAN PAVILLON
This the 25th award won by "Bis Gleich"
MAY 18, 2015: "DOUBLE NEGATIVE" WINS BEST SCREENPLAY AND BEST ACTRESS AWARDS AT VISIONFEST
april 21, 2015: "BIS GLEICH" ADMITTED TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
"Bis Gleich" will be screened in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, American Pavillon on May 18.
MARCH 29, 2015: "BIS GLEICH" WINS AT CLEVELAND!
"Bis Gleich" just won the Jury Award (Oscar Qualifying) and the Audience Award at the Cleveland International Film Festival. See other 15 awards below.
MARCH 9, 2O15: "DOUBLE NEGATIVE" ACCEPTED AT VISIONFEST FILM FESTIVAL 2015
March 7, 2015: "BIS GLEICH" WINS VARIOUS AWARDS
"Bis Gleich" has won fifteen awards so far:
La Costa - Jury Prize Best Short
Irvine - Best Short Film Audience Award
Idyllwild - Best Screenwriting Tara Lynn Orr
Breckenridge - Audience Award Best Film
Souq – Jury Prize Best Short
Rockport - Jury Prize Best Short
Boston - Jury Prize Best Short
Oceanside - Jury Prize Best Short
New York Shorts - Best Short Film Audience Award
Heartland - Best Short Film Audience Award
Anchorage - Jury Prize Best Short
Savannah – Best Editing Constantin von Seld
California Women’s Film Festival – Jury Prize Best Foreign Film
Sedona Int’l Film Festival – Directors’ Choice Best Short – Audience Award for Best Short (Drama)
JANUARY 31, 2015: "AMERICAN CHEERLEADER" SCREENING AT LINCOLN CENTER AS PART OF "DANCE ON FILM 2015"
"AMERICAN CHEERLEADER" WINS BEST FILM AWARD AT LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"American Cheerleader", a feature documentary by David Barba and James Pellerito, follows two competing cheerleading teams through to the finals of the National High School Cheerleading Championship. The film will premiere this Fall in various festivals and is available on iTunes. The documentary was co-produced by Milojo (Kelly Ripa).
"BIS GLEICH" ADMITTED TO VARIOUS FESTIVALS
"Bis Gleich" a narrative short, written by Tara Lynn-Orr and directed by Benjamin Wolff for which Giovanni wrote the score has been admitted to the following festivals (see below). The film won the Jury's Award for Best Narrative Short at the Oceanside International Film Festival, Best Short Film Award at the Boston Film Festival, Audience Awards for Best Film at the Breckenridge Film Festival and NYC Shorts Film Festival.
COMMISSION FROM MARTHA GRAHAM FOR "AMERICAN DOCUMENT"
Giovanni received a commission from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance to write a work for solo piano to accompany a new performance of the Puritan Duet from "American Document", one of Martha Graham's most iconic pieces. Giovanni performed the piece, together with a new composition for solo piano and percussion commissioned by Martha Graham II, at the Company's performance at Scandinavia House, New York.
ELECTRIC GUITAR SCORE FOR "SUNRISE"
Giovanni premiered his score for solo electric guitar for F.W. Murnau's silent masterpiece "Sunrise" (1927) with a live performance on the opening night of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. As expected, the premiere generated a fair amount of controversy but was a resounding success:
From the San Francisco Examiner:
"... the most unique moment that evening was musician Giovanni Spinelli's electric guitar accompaniment of Mr. Murnau's hypnotic "Sunrise". Silent film purists may have chosen to flee the palatial space, but Mr. Spinelli's orchestrations were pitch perfect for "Sunrise", layering the story's dark and all-too-human undercurrents, a jarring experience heightened by the guitar's unorthodox pitch, an astounding mix of Hendrix, Badalamenti, Vaughn and The Edge."