Published on February 16th, 2014 | by melbournesalamifesta

The Salami Board Documentary

A short film produced and directed by Laura Shipmen.

Published on February 16th 2014 | by Carlo Mazzarella

Back in 2012, in the months leading up to our inaugural festa we were approached by Laura Shipmen and David Franjic to discuss the idea of filming a short documentary piece about our festa and it’s significance to the multicultural identity of Melbourne. We were delighted at the prospect as it reinforced our reasons for starting the festa in the first place. Our aim always was to celebrate and reinvigorate an important Italian tradition and share it with all of Melbourne.

Following our discussions we put the team in contact with some of our most passionate makers and competitors (one of them being my parents of course) and they went away and began filming interviews and were also present on the day of the festa as well as the official judging night. Months passed and while we were busy organising the 2013 Melbourne Salami Festa, Laura and her team were busy editing until they presented us with the final film a few weeks after the 2013 festa had wrapped up.

We were excited and a little emotional it has to be said with the result. It is the perfect snapshot of our inaugural festa which had its beginnings almost 2 years ago now and a way for us as organisers of the festa to use it as a reminder of the festa’s roots and the path it should stay on. But more importantly through the telling of our maker’s stories the film is a real tribute to the Italian community and one of its many contributions to the cultural fabric of Melbourne and Australia.

We hope you enjoy the film and thank Laura and David for their great work.

Laura Shipmen – Producer & Director
David Franjic – Cinematographer & Editor
Production Company – Colour Chorus

Sam & Mary Mazzarella
Lou Zarro
Alan Grollo
Carlo Mazzarella, Linda Catalano & Marco Finanzio

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