Born of mistral winds and witness to the birth of western civilization, the waves of the Italian coast have carried merchants, fishermen, travelers and kings. Preserved like a roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle and destination.??A visual epic captured in stunning 35mm, Bella Vita is an intimate and powerful journey of self-discovery, seeped in culture, tradition, and passion- where family comes first.
Shot primarily on 35mm Motion Picture Film, Film stock by Kodak. HD cinema systems by Canon. Color by Gregory Reese at The Mill. Score by David Bowick and Lee Ferris. Edited on Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. Sound Mix at Sony Studios, Culver City California.
Shot in Italy, with a focus on Tuscany, Sardinia and the Mediterranean Sea.
"WARNING: You'll want a one way ticket after watching this film!" Joseph Alexander Mullen
Bella Vita Shows Italy's Best Italy is absolutely holding. Soul-stirring wine. Incredible food. Beautiful land. Equally beautiful people. Wonderful cars. Masterful artisans. And for the patient, there are even a few waves. Just ask Chris Del Moro. Justin Housman
Video Review from Rome I couldn’t wait to watch it, the movie, called Bella Vita, a surf journey, filmed in Italy. I've appreciated the importance and value that it gives to our Italy. I think that we need to remember more often that we live in a magic place, with a magic culture. That We are lucky. And I feel lucky because at the Italia Surf Expo, last weekend i met the cast, i interviewed them and i decided to dedicate one of my “In Action” episodes to Bella Vita. Denise Dellagiacoma
A Stunning Piece of Visual Art Bella Vita ticks all the boxes with what you expect from a surf film: there is travel, culture, food, and most importantly, waves. But it is so much more than that. Nina Hoogstraate
An Italian Surf Film? Bella Vita means “beautiful life,” such a short and simple title for such a grand ideal, yet somehow it is this exact juxtaposition of abundance (in story and spirit) and undiluted honesty (in aesthetics and script) that creates the modest metaphor of this film, woven like a glorious golden thread throughout its thematic tapestry. Andy Beth Miller
U.S. Premiere, Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival Sharing a passion for surfing as well as an Italian bloodline, they traversed the Tuscan coast for three months in search of surf and family lineage, along the way, documenting Del Moro’s pilgrimage, local color, food, the confluence of old and new-world craftsmanship and a burgeoning Italian surf culture. The result is Bella Vita, a soulful and spirited transcendent travelogue into the personal, artisanal and communal side of surfing. Chris Johnson
Bella Vita: Living, and surfing, the good life in Italy In fact, even calling it a surf doc in the first is probably an oversimplification. Because, alongside some kicking surf footage, gorgeously shot on 35mm, Bella Vita also brings a taste of Italy’s landscapes, food and drink, art, and culture into the mix. Eiodon
Jason Baffa Interview Filmmaker Jason Baffa, who previously made surf documentaries “Singlefin: yellow” and “One California Day” is set to release his latest film, “Bella Vita.” In an interview with Framework he describes how he came to discover the growing Italian surf subculture and the pressures he felt in making his third film. LA Times