DOCUMENTARY FILM- 60 minutes - FELIX PEDRO: IF YOU COULD ONLY IMAGINE (purchase DVD here)
and the desire to escape misery: this is the incredible story of Felice
Pedroni, who becomes Felix Pedro in America, where in 1902, he discovered
gold in Alaska and inspired the founding of the city of Fairbanks. An epic adventure
made of silence, hard work, cold, and hunger.
The documentary Felix Pedro ... If one could only imagine tells the story of a man from the Bolognese Apennines who was born in the mid-nineteenth century and his name was Felice Pedroni. This man flees poverty and takes a ship to America, where he becomes Felix Pedro, and in 1902 he discovers gold in a stream in Alaska, subsequently founding the city of Fairbanks.
The story is told today on the trail of a search by Giorgio Comaschi, Claudio Busi, and Massimo Turchi to build a show about the adventure of Felix Pedro.
Among the mountain people of today and those of the beginning of the 20th century, including twists and turns, theories, suspicions, testimonies, and legends, on the slopes of a truth that plays hide-and-seek with itself.
Paolo Muran tells it with the curiosity of a gold digger, sniffing the wind and atmosphere of today and a hundred years ago, not so much to look for answers but to give color to the incredible story of Felice Pedroni from Fanano, known as Felix Pedro, who is still today, every year, celebrated by the people of Fairbanks on July 22, in the "Golden Days" Celebration, the day of discovery.
The realization of the Documentary was completed in December 2018 and was
presented to the public and the press at the Cineteca of Bologna during
the Festival Visioni Italiane in February 2019. It was featured at the Anchorage Film Festival on December 10, 2019, with plans to debut in Fairbanks during Golden Days 2020. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide, the Fairbanks event was delayed.
Now FELIX PEDRO wants debut in Fairbanks for this we need your help.
With the funds we collect, thanks to your contribution, we will carry out the following actions;
- Debut the Film during Golden Days in Fairbanks
- Registration and participation in international festivals
- Meet the Film Maker event in Fairbanks
WITHOUT YOUR CONTRIBUTION THE EPIC ADVENTURE OF FELIX PEDRO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FLY OVER SEAS.
YOUR HELP IS VITAL TO BRING HIS HISTORY ALSO OUTSIDE ITALY: IN EUROPE AND ITS SECOND HOMETOWN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA.
You may also send a FELIX PEDRO GREETING: on July 22nd in Fairbanks, Alaska, on the occasion of the Golden Days Pioneers of Alaska rededication ceremony, a delegation will leave a BUNCH OF FLOWERS in your name with a CARD showing your personal message to Felix Pedro at the foot of the monument on the Pedro Creek.
Born in Bologna where he lives and works.
For more than 30 years, he was a member of the company "Pierrot e la Rosa" with whom he still collaborates and with which, over the years, he has produced the documentary films of Gianni Celati.
In the role of director of photography, he realized several documentaries for the Italian broadcast RAI.
In the production of Documentaries, short films, and docu-fiction he collaborated with poets, writers, and friends (Ermanno Cavazzoni, Gianni Celati and Franco Arminio, Giorgio Comaschi, Maura Argelli, Emilio Marrese, Cristiano Governa) having a lot of fun.
Director, among others:
VIAGGIO IN IRPINIA D'ORIENTE (Pierroto e la Rosa, 2000)
LA VITA COME VIAGGIO AZIENDALE (Pierrot e la Rosa, 2006)
SONO ANDATO A VIVERE IN CAMPAGNA (Paolo Muran Doc e Fondazione Bonzi Argelli, 2013)
IL CIELO CAPOVOLTO (Cineteca di Bologna, 2014)
MAN ON THE RIVER (Paolo Muran DOC, 2015)
MI CHIAMO RENATO (Paolo Muran DOC, 2016)
TUTTO IL PALAZZO (Paolo Muran DOC, 2017)
FELIX PEDRO ... If only one could imagine (DocLab in co-production with Paolo Muran DOC and Pierrot e la Rosa, 2018)