Leonardo Ricagni

Writer | Producer | Director
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The Life Jacket Is Under Your Seat (2002) | Feathers to the Sky (2007) | Indocumentados (2004)
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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • El Chevrole * – Writer/Director Mojo Film
  • 29 Palms * – Director
  • A Dios MoMo * – Writer/Director Mojo Film
  • Indocumentados * – Writer/Director Migrante Content
  • Villa Vendetta * – Writer/Director Migrante Content
  • Barefoot Queen * – Writer/Director Migrante Content
  • Our Boys * – Writer/Director Migrante Content
  • Feathers to the Sky * – Writer/Director True Cinema

Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Universidad de la Republica * – Master in Communications 1988 Montevideo, Uruguay

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Hamptons International Film Festival * – Best Music 1998
  • Salento International Film Festival * – Audience Award 2006
  • Drake International Film Festival * – Audience Award (Massimo Troisi Award) 2007
  • Oxnard Film Festival * – Audience Award 2005

Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • * As a wide-ranging director, Leonardo Ricagni has successfully closed the gap between commercials, music videos, TV and films, tapping the pulse of a new “crossover” America and beyond. In a more globalized industry, Leonardo’s multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience provides him an edge to easily navigate and beautifully portray this interconnected world. His work is broad in scope, driven by a passionate lens that captures a strong sense of poetic visuals and emotion.

    Based early on in Barcelona, Leonardo has shot more than 500 commercials around the world, winning numerous awards in Cannes, FIAP and CLIO. In 1996, Leonardo set up base in the Lower East Side (NYC) and spent the next few years shooting projects for USA and beyond. In 2001, he was commissioned to direct a worldwide PSA for UNICEF (“Change the World with the Children”) that premiered at the opening ceremony of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, captivating its audience at the stadium and across the globe.
    Leonardo's directorial feature debut began with the unprecedented smash-hit, EL CHEVROLE—a visually provocative dramedy that explores the reunion of a mythical underground band in a lost city in South America. Revolutionizing the box office in Uruguay, EL CHEVROLE was an innovative movie that continues to be one of the highest grossing Uruguayan films. Following the success of EL CHEVROLE, Leonardo was hired in 2002 to direct the independent feature film 29 PALMS, produced by Atlantic Alliance Films, starring Chris O’Donnell, Michael Rappaport, Jeremy Davies, Keith David and Bill Pullman.
    In 2003, back in New York and inspired by the work of the Italian maestros of neo-realism, Leonardo wrote and directed INDOCUMENTADOS (UN_DOCUMENTED AMERICA). Premiering at the 2004 AFI Film Festival in LA, the film presents a visually expressive and emotionally driven journey into the lives of the undocumented immigrants in the streets of NY in the aftermath of September 11th.
    Leonardo signed a deal in 2004 to move to LA and work for Quentin Tarantino’s exciting production company “A Band Apart.” Here he was not only hired as a director but also as a producer to develop crossover content in the US. During this time, Leonardo traveled to his home country (Uruguay) where he wrote and directed a new film, A DIOS MOMO—a heartfelt story of an illiterate paperboy who, through the guidance of a “street” Maestro and the magical nights of Carnival, learns to read, write and moreover have a voice. A DIOS MOMO premiered at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival with great success and went on to have its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. A DIOS MOMO has been hailed as the Latin American version of “Cinema Paradiso” with a nod to Italian legend Fellini.
    In 2007, Leonardo returned to Tribeca, this time with a short film in competition, FEATHERS TO THE SKY. Created for the UNDP (United Nations), this film addresses the importance of allowing children to complete a primary education.

    Leonardo now works out of Venice, CA and recently embarked on a new venture, Migrante Content— spearheading a unique production shop which specializes in creating crossover global content for film, TV, commercials and digital platforms.
    Leonardo and the Migrante team continue to create ideas and scripts that meld the gap between borders and cultures, as they develop a varied number of films, commercials and TV/Original Series. Leonardo's vision as a director, as well as his unstoppable desire to produce compelling material, pushes him to discover unique stories in every corner of this multilayered universe.

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