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An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Emmanuel Itier has also been a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and various websites for the last twenty five years. Finally Itier has been a buyer for many French and American Film distribution companies for the last twenty years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade and he writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of ‘Darfur Women Action Group’ in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the  founding President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace ( www.RotaryEclubofWorldPeace.org ) and he is part of the U.N Association, Santa Barbara chapter. Lately he joined the World Council of Wisdom (https://thevisioneers.ca ) to bring Peace to the World.

Mr. Itier grew up in France and he moved in the USA thirty years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World. 

Late 2017 Mr. Itier completed his third feature Documentary: ‘Shamanic Trekker’, about shamanism in Peru. Mr. Itier has just released two more documentaries in order to keep “Making Peace, One movie at a time.” 

These films are part of a series called ‘The Oneness Collection: Documentaries for a conscious Humanity.’ The first one is called ‘The Cure: Healing The Mind, Healing The Body, Healing the Planet’  and the politically loaded Doc: ‘We The People: A Re-Evolution of Economics and Politics’, which is sure to shake the system! 

Mr. Itier is a recipient of the ‘2018 Global Citizen Award’ from the prestigious United Nation Association and he was named President of The Year 2018 by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace. 

In 2019, just before the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Mr. Itier went to film a drama about quantum physics in Germany and in German. The shooting was stopped by the crisis and he hopes to return by mid 2021 to complete this new endeavor.

In 2021 the impactful and very timely 6th documentary directed by Emmanuel will be released: ‘Guns, Bombs & War: A Love Story’.

Finally, Mr. Itier has formed a spiritual and political movement in France called ‘The French Victory’ (www.LaVicotireFrancaise.net ) with the ambition to run for President in 2022. His vision is:  “I, The People – We, President.” 

In Oneness, we shall heal the World. 

He is a member of The Critics Choice Association.

Emmanuel is a regular contributor to filmfestivals.com; in 2021 he covered Sundance and Santa Barbara with cutting edge filmmakers interviews.

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Interview with the director of Saving Paradise: Jay Siverman

Director Jay Silverman with stars William Moseley and Johanna Braddy

SAVING PARADISE

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Directed by: Jay Siverman

 

Q: Why this film? What were you trying to express with this feature?

 

Jay: First, we discovered the screenplay on the famous “black list”, the list of unproduced screenplays. We then came to term with the writer, Van Billet. Together we worked closely on developing this project. And we ended up, what I consider, a meaningful picture. We started in 2018 and we filmed ‘Saving Paradise’ in the fall of 2019. We completed post just before they shut down everything in March 2020 and the beginning of the covid pandemic. I’m attracted to films that make you think and this applies whether you live in the States or anywhere in the world. It was important to me to tell a story about a community that was essentially on the cliff, losing everything, and being bypassed for an acquisition from a foreign entity. And that’s applicable anywhere. And the human factor is vivid. And it’s ironic the movie is coming out in a such a political turmoil, still here and everywhere else on the planet.

 

Q: Tell me about the various difficulties you faced making this film?

 

Jay: What we all face, independent filmmakers, is having high expectation to make a good movie but to do so you need to do it affordably. You have to be realistic about the cost of your production if you want to survive it. And this means you sometimes have to compromise between what is on the page and what you can really film. For example, instead of the action taking place in a 500,000 square feet factory it will have to take place in a 50,000 square feet building. So we really had to rethink the script and the logistic to make it work. For me it was challenging but enjoyable to bring our a high production value in spite of the various limitations. Everybody can make a movie, these days, with an i-phone. And actually, the opening scene, the making of a pencil, over the credits, was done entirely with a i-phone! And the reason wasn’t because of the budget but because of the only 4 hours we had in that factory to get the shots I needed.

 

Q: Talking about “pencils”, what do they represent to you in this age of high tech, of i-phone when one can wonder if we can still write with a pencil?

 

Jay: Haha! Pencils are a great metaphor for the story. Pencils are still used every day. And this is a true story about a pencil factory and how they are made globally. The wood is sometimes harvested in Africa and then it’s shaped in China and it ends here in palettes to be turned into pencils. So it’s really about the old and the new clashing, like in our movie between the owner of the factory and his son, from wall street, taking over. It’s also about the choices that need to be made in life, and sometimes it’s complicated and difficult to make these choices; the right choices. It’s a wonderful story that has long time ramification. It’s a very timely movie that shows that you need to take critical decisions during critical times. And there are always pros and cons.

 

Q: Tell me about releasing this film during these critical times.

 

Jay: For sure, the business has changed dramatically. Before it was a fairly safe environment to recoup your investment from one or two countries released. But the game has changed all around the World. Local productions is sometimes more prolific than independent or major US movies. So, this is a delicate situation and it’s not easy at all to release any independent movie these days. But I’m fortunate that Vertical Entertainment has embraced the movie and his putting efforts at promoting it. And we are doing our share of marketing on our side as well. I hope our film finds its audience because this is such a meaningful picture.

 

Q: What is coming next for you?

 

Jay: I have been working for the last two year on a passion project: ‘YALE’. It’s a true story about an extraordinary individual. And I’m looking to cast it with someone like Henry Winkler who I think is a fantastic actor. I’m highly invested in it and I’m very excited about this new project. I hope we can film it next year when we find the financing and when the pandemic is less present.

 

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