Zampogna: The Soul Of Southern Italy (Documentary Film)
A feature length documentary film about Southern Italian culture told through its indigenous folk music. The film focuses on how these traditions are dealing with the rapid changes in local economy and the homogenizing effect globalization has on local culture. Filmed by an Italian-American rediscovering his family’s roots, the film takes the viewer on an odyssey through remote regions in Sicily, Calabria, Campania and Molise introducing the people who carry on these ancient traditions that most Italian Americans are completely unaware of. The Zampogna – the Italian bagpipe is the physical manifestation of this culture, its music representing the spirit and vitality of the Southern Italy.
Filmed in Summer 2008 in Sicily, Calabria, Campania and Molise.
Produced and Filmed by David Marker
Edited by Scott Driskell and David Marker
Director’s Commentary about making this film and Italian-American identity:
The DVD can be purchased online:
Film was shot on a Canon XH-A1 at 1080/24F. Camera calibrated with the help of Richard Welnowski. Stereo sound was recorded by a pair of Audio Technica 4051a condenser microphones connected directly to camera XLR inputs and captured to the HDV tape at 16bit/48khz. Monaural sound was shot with a camera mounted Audio Technica shotgun mic. Audio was mastered at Chapman Recording in Kansas City as well as additional audio mastering by the filmmaker. Edited in Final Cut 7 on a Mac Pro.