Italian born, class of 1974, I’ve been raised in Africa, more precisely Chad, Nigeria, DR Congo and Malawi, learning English, French and Italian of course. In the late eighties I came back with my family to Europe, living between Belgium, France and finally Northeastern Italy.
I moved to Rome in 2003, when I started being involved in professional cinema working as Casting Agent first and Casting Assistant then for foreign productions shooting in Italy.
In 2006 I started my own company working as Casting Director mainly for commercials. My portfolio include clients like Dior, Hallmark, Barilla USA, Volvo, Chrysler, Nintendo, among many others. With all my gained experience in casting actors, in 2015 I finally started working on feature films and TV shows as well.
My passion for genre films and producers like Roger Corman and Charles Band recently led me to also start my own production company, Creepmaker Studios, characterized by a distinct passion for Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi and Fantasy entertainment. Beside my main activities as a Casting Director, I also produce and direct.
Since my debut in the film industry I have sometimes used the pseudonym “Mancuso” in honor of Kevin Mancuso, one of the many pseudonyms of Aristide Massaccesi (Joe d’Amato), one of my favorite italian directors.
I live between Rome, Northeastern Italy and Southern France with my beautiful wife, my lovely daughter, two cats, and a turtle.
My all time favorite actors list include Barbara Steele, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinsky, Barbara Bouchet, Dick Miller, Tim Thomerson, Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Christopher Lloyd, Max von Sydow, Joe Pesci, John Goodman, Art LaFleur, Charles Bronson, Christopher Walken, Eli Wallach, among so many others.
My all time favorite directors list include Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, William Friedkin, Joe d’Amato, Jim Jarmusch, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Fernando Di Leo, Enzo G. Castellari, Sergio Martino, Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna, Guy Ritchie, John Waters, Paul Verhoeven, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Mark L. Lester, Jim Wynorski, among many others.
Besides working with film production, I also have a passion for design, which was my professional job before moving into casting. I sometimes still work as Creative Director for selected clients or projects.
Can't Kill This (aka F*ck You Immortality)
Film by Federico Scargiali (Adventure, Comedy and Horror) Producer / Casting Director A couple of hippies are searching for Joe, a long time friend from the 70s who seem to be stuck in time and never aged a day since then. Through technicolor ninjas, bizarre metalheads, shamans and ancient rituals, the two embark on a journey with no turning back. (aka F*ck You Immortality)
Türk Isi Dondurma
Film by Can Ulkay (Adventure and War) Casting Director The two Turks living in Australia provide their livelihood by selling ice-cream with a wheelbarrow. In 1915 they learned that there was a war in the country. They decide to go to Çanakkale. However, the authorities do not allow them to leave the island. At that time, propaganda against the Turks in Australia began to be made. They learn that the British are distributing leaflets to recruit soldiers in Australia. And they decide to give their struggle in Australia.
Film (Horror) Writer / Producer A small coastal town is suddenly attacked by a giant mutated shark. Three young metalheads, an unusual priest and a weird marine biologist decide to throw themselves in the pursuit of the creature with heavy artillery, blessed weapons and fierce fight. Is the monster an aberration caused by pollution, a governement experiment or is he the manifestation of Satan? Who cares: The hunt is on! An unusual shark movie, filled with a heavy soundtrack provided by some of the best underground death metal, hardcore, punk, doom and stoner bands around the world.
Film by A.R. Rahman (Adventure and Drama) Casting director Le Musk is an upcoming Indian virtual reality film directed by A. R. Rahman. The film stars Nora Arnezeder, Guy Burnet, Munirih Jahanpour and Mariam Zohrabyan. It is the first film directed by Rahman.
In Search of Fellini
Film (Adventure and Drama) Casting Director A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.
Film (Horror) Associate Producer Hell has been unleashed on the small town of Muerto Verde when inbred cannibal farmers are turned into zombies after Taliban warriors poison the local water supply. The only hope for humanity are two FBI agents and four party-crazed college students. Written by BLB Media
Making the Spawn
(Documentary and Short) Writer / Director / Producer Making The Spawn is an inside look at the making of the 1983 cult movie The Deadly Spawn.
The Nativity Story
Film by Catherine Hardwicke (Drama, Family and History) Miscellaneous Crew A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
Kicking & Screaming
Film by Jesse Dylan (Comedy, Family and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating.
Film (Horror) Producer Three friends go for a one-week trip to Italy but things take a turn for the worse when they discover a sanctuary in the woods and awaken an ancient satanic force. The explorers are forced to face the entity and fight for survival.