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Meet Manuela Dalle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manuela Dalle.

Hi Manuela, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I arrived four years ago with my husband and our two kids. We used to live in Paris, which is totally different from LA. I’m a filmmaker. I made several documentaries for French TV and a lot of art films. Here, I discover a very different business, a very different way to imagine and to produce films. It was not easy to dive in this new professional environment but very exciting. What I specially love here is the capacity of people to re imagine their selves. I made several films in the art world, collaborating with great artist as Kim Gordon or doing the portrait of Rufus Wainwright for his new album. I also made more experimental films that has been shown in galerie as Hauser and Wirth and in festival. Projects after projects in this field, I launched a production company named JAYWALKING with my partner Jean Martin. We are doing film about, with and for artists.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The first obstacle was / is the language and cultural aspects of American society. It’s very frustrating not being able to communicate what precisely I want to say, to express. Likewise, it allows me to do things and meet people with fresh eyes and without any “a priory”. I think it gives me the opportunity to navigate in an environment that I would never have been to if I were from here. I think in particular of everything I did and do with a former South LA gang member, with former inmates, and with inmates for my documentary.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m now working on a documentary in Lancaster Hight security prison. It is the story about ten guys who joined a dance workshop inside the prison. In this context, they open up like never before, they told us about their childhood, the mistakes they did and what led us in their prison journey… It’s about prison system, predetermination, redemption and reconstruction through dance. This project allows me to explore a Los Angeles aspect that I had not imagined…

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love the weather in LA the immensity and diversity of LA.

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