Meet the Filmmaker: Gio Toninelo, “The River is Moving”

“The River is Moving”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

GT: I was driven by the idea of creating anything out of nothing, a story that was never told and the endless possibilities! Bottom line, I love telling stories through visuals and I love the technical aspect of the craft. Filmmaking also lets you collaborate with wonderful people and of course I love sharing what we create.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

GT:  “The River is Moving” is a short film commissioned by Denver Singer/Songwriter John Common for the release of his EP “Two Rivers”. It was an official selection at 5 film festivals and it also screened in Japan as part of the Woven Media Fest. Right now, we are working on other projects.

Q: What else are you working on?

GT: We are finishing a 3 year long documentary about the Colorado Chambers Restoration Project, signed a contract with the Town of Parker Parks & Rec for a yearlong project, we are also in the process of translating a documentary we shot in Mexico and are in Pre-production for a music video for the band Teacup Gorilla.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

GT: The fact that we work out of a reclaimed horse barn and stable. Every once in a while I swear I hear a neigh, snort or a gallop.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

GT: www.giotoninelo.comwww.rockethousepictures.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

GT: This is not just a night to show your movies. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about our craft, to connect with fellow filmmakers/actors/etc. We love the EFP.

“The River is Moving” will be screened at the November 2016 Emerging Filmmaker’s Project!