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Graziano

They said I was good, that my work is interesting… but I don’t really care about compliments.

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Graziano Staino, is a film director who works with many Italian and international bands. He has cooperated with Afterhours, Liftiba, Mike Patton, Guano Padano and many others.
After an experience in NY he moved from sketching to photografy and video.

What’s your name and what do you do?

Graziano. I work in the visual arts, with a focus on film direction.

How did you get started in this career?

I went abroad to New York, and I decided to move from painting to cinema and photography.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I think about what to do the next day and try to figure out something that has to do with being creative.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee at the coffee bar. I hate tea. I don’t like hot drinks… they do a number on my stomach.

What’s your favorite book?

I recently read something by Scerbanenco Traditori di tutti, a crime novel set in Milan. I’d love to make a film of it, but Scerbanenco’s family wouldn’t go for it, they sue everyone.

What’s the funniest insult you’ve ever received?

They said that I wasn’t doing anything during a video shoot, that I was there just screwing around.

What place has influenced you the most?

Definitely New York. Definitely not Florence.

What’s the worst compliment you’ve ever received?

They said I was good, that my work is interesting… but I don’t really care about compliments.

Are you particularly attached to any of your projects?

Not really… but maybe looking back on past work I’d say “Raise a Shout”, a video from 2003… when I was still good at my job.

What does fashion mean to you?

My relationship with fashion is one of disrespect. I know it’s a machine, like film, but it doesn’t really interest me. I wear clothes that I like, with no writing on them, they have to be well made, that doesn’t mean they have to cost 1.000 €, but I have to like them. The world of fashion makes me laugh… models make me laugh… the people who work in fashion make me laugh. To me they’re just the same as someone hawking mozzarella.

What would you do if zombies attacked?

I’d try to get bitten because I’m curious to know what happens to the human body when it starts to decompose.

Can you describe your aesthetic?

I’m not a dark or sad person, but artistically I feel most represented by strong lighting, by a dark nighttime atmosphere. It’s always been that way for me, I’ve always had a very distinct style.

Describe your day in 20 seconds.

I spend a lot of time on public transportation and around people… I like it, it reveals the spirit of the time we’re living in. After that I might have a few meetings, then I go to the studio to think and to work. A lot of times the work is bad, sometimes it’s salvageable.

What would you do it aliens attacked?

I’d want to know if it were really an attack. There are some aliens that don’t want to destroy the Earth, so… let’s talk.

What is Crossley?

It’s the name of a Polish director.

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