DOCUMENTARY FILM- 60 minutes - FELIX PEDRO: IF YOU COULD ONLY IMAGINE
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 founding subsequently 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.
WHAT ARE THE FUNDS FOR? Chance to become a sponsor ending June 1, 2019
The realization of the Documentary was completed in December 2018 and was presented to the public and the press at the Cineteca of Bologna within the Festival Visioni Italiane in February 2019. Now FELIX PEDRO wants to go abroad and for this we need your help.
With the funds we collect, thanks to your contribution, we will carry out the following actions;
- Translation and subtitling in English
- Registration and participation in international festivals
- Graphics and DVD authoring in English and Italian
- Design and printing of all the film promotion and distribution materials in Italian and English
- Creation and promotion of the crowdfunding campaign awards you are participating in
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 ALASKA.
The project can be supported in different ways. In all cases, the supporters name will be imprinted forever on the end credits of Felix Pedro... if only one could imagine
There is also a special offer valid for associations and groups who desire to insert the LOGO of their association on the end credits of the documentary and on all social media and communication coverage related to the project and also the Association will have the possibility to screen the documentary for free on the occasion that they consider most suitable for it activity’s events.
And finally, if you are interested in this project, you can contribute to finance all the possible developments of it. Read more on the rewards in the sponsorship section…
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)