After Greece and Israel, the next stop for us and our short homemade film (HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION) was another environmental film festival in Torino (Turin) Italy (Italy’s first capital city and home of disputed “shroud of turin,”not to mention a chocolate hub and being of French and Belgian decent this was our type of town!
We rarely buy things (just not the type to buy just to buy) but Jordanne & I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get some handmade/embroidered aprons. After passing stores filled with clothes, perfume, shoes, bags – stuff we didn’t need- we stopped dead in our tracks at this one little store tucked in between a lingerie, chocolate shop and McDonalds (yep, good ol micky d’s). The young gentlemen who owned the shop was very nice and really loved what he was doing – and was really amazed that we thought the embroidery was done by a computerized sewing machine. Nope, it was done by hand on a very old sewing machine that looked about 30 years old. Talk about talent!
After the screening, the next day we took a short train trip to Bra to visit the HQ of Slow Food International. We met up with Michele and gave her a copy of the film and we are proud to say that in their November newsletter they featured HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION as one of the movies to see!
Whoops, I am getting a little bit ahead of myself.
First, before heading up to the film festival in Torino, we had to land in Rome. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Rome so we did a bit of historical sightseeing there and then hopped on overnight train to the base of the Alps and the beautiful city of Torino.
In the Media
Wasn’t built in a day! Every where one looked it was full of stunning buildings, fountains and art.
The Vatican/ St Peter’s Square
No pics were allowed in Sistine Chapel (oh, well, got a postcard instead)
Inside St Peter’s Basilica
One of the many beautiful fountains.
Ceilings full articulate paintings
Now off after our brief jaunt in Rome, it was time to catch a train to Torino!
One of the many Savoy Palaces
When in Rome, er Italy -you eat pizza! Yum- pizza
Chatting with other filmmakers
Over looking the city and the Alps – yodel la he hoooo
Slow food dinner at midnight(!) with a fellow filmmaker and film festival coordinator. Yep, we sure ate while in Torino.
In the press
A radio interview
I don’t dare ask how many calories were in this beauty!
Checking out the farmers market
We visit the SLOW FOOD International HQ in Bra and meet up with Michele, who works in the Communications Office. She took us out for….
a decadent coffee and chocolate drink!
In Torino, they had the BEST ice cream! Here, Justin hold my ice cream cone while I take a pic…. Oops, too late.
The little apron shop where we got our LHITC aprons made
The owner and his sewing machine.
We get ready for a TV interview. At the film festival, our family was there as special guest – thanks for making our stay such an enjoyable experience (room and food was great!)
Next stop for our family & the film – India, where we showed the film and gave presentations in three cities!
Lots of photos to share, stay tuned!