5 questions: Alessandro Nanì
We asked Alessandro Nanì, who is lecturer of crossmedia, some questions about life.
What kind of world do you live in?
To answer such question without been banal is rather hard. Let’s say that I feel privileged because I am surrounded by creative people that believe in a good world, without barriers both physical and physiological.
What is the most interesting film/play/book that has inspired you, and how?
I believe that many films, plays or books have inspired me at different moments and for different reasons. I always liked films with a social agenda, to cite some of many, films like In the name of the father by Jim Sheridan, Dad man walking by Tim Robbins. Recently I was very impressed by Risttuules by Marti Helde, an Estonian film that has won many prizes, but that should be internationally much more known than it actually is. Books, I loved many books, now unfortunately reading non-academic books has become a luxury, but a book that touched me was Un altro giro di giostra by Tiziano Terzani. Terzani was a journalist that at the end of his incredible journey in this world found his peace in the acceptance of his circumstances. Finally, a play, here I will change genre completely, I remember my hands hurting so much from clapping the incredible 1997 London revival of Guys and Dolls
If you could tell current students only one thing, what would it be?
Life showed me that you cannot control or predict the future. You can plan it, you can, and should, have dreams, but you cannot control the future. I would have never predicted the way life brought me to Estonia, so my wise words are: Don’t worry, be happy!
During the years, BFM has had many students. How have they changed, and what does a current student look like?
Today’s students are more informed hence more motivated to succeed in crossmedia. When we opened the study program, crossmedia was a mysterious word, now they come to the admissions with some good understanding of it. This is decently a plus, because now they choose the study program for its content rather than for BFM good reputation.
Then another change we have seen in the last few years is the country or origin. If before to be an international student mainly meant to be either from Europe, and more specifically from Finland, Latvia and Russia, today we have students from all around the world. We have students from Africa, Asia and South America and this enriches students’ creativity and open mind.
What is your specialty and how did you reach it?
I reached my speciality thanks to BFM. Twenty years ago I studied photography in London and then I worked as a photographer for a number of years. Then I studied public relations and I focused of marketing for the film industry. At the same time, I participated in an international program called Anything is a storytelling device of which BFM was a partner. At the same time Indrek Ibrus opened the Crossmedia Production MA curriculum and I decided to enrol in it. During my two years of studie, I understood that for me media was crossmedia and I started working with it. Today I focus on audiences of cross-media, hence if I look back to my education and employment history, I see a very logical path that unfolded through the years and trough different experiences.