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Biography

 

Franthiesco Ballerini is a Brazilian writer, journalist and filmmaker. He was a finalist for the 60th Jabuti Award – the most important literary recognition in Latin America – for his fourth book, ‘Poder Suave – Soft Power’, the first publication in the world exclusively dedicated to investigate the most important cultural soft powers. Such soft powers include major ones Hollywood, the British Invasion, tango, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Japanese MAG culture etc.

 

 

Franthiesco is a PhD student in Media Communication, Process and Sociocultural Practices, recipient of a full scholarship to continue the research about the power of mass culture around the world. His previous books ‘Cinema Brasileiro no Século 21’ (Brazilian Cinema in the 21st Century) and ‘Jornalismo Cultural no Século 21’ (Arts Journalism in the 21st Century) are references in major universities in Latin America and Portugal. His first book, ‘Diário de Bollywood’ (Bollywood Diary) is the first book in Portuguese about one of the biggest movie industries of the world. The book is a result of a one-month special report in India for O Estado de S.Paulo, one of the biggest media groups of Brazil, for which Franthiesco worked for eight years as reporter and film critic.

 

He’s been a film critic and arts analyst  for the biggest media groups in Brazil, like TV Gazeta and Eldorado Radio, also for arts publication such as Cult Magazine and Bravo!. In 2020, he published his fifth book, ‘História do Cinema Mundial’ (History of World Cinema) a three year long research project to investigate the most important films that portrait different cultures, languages, aesthetics, techniques and industries of the world, highly recommended by the most important Brazilian cinematographer, Walter Carvalho, from the Academy Award Best Foreign Film and Best Actress nominee ‘Central Station’ (1999).

 

Juror in film and literary international festivals in Brazil, Franthiesco Ballerini has lectured about Brazilian cinema and arts in universities like University of Chicago, Loyola University and University of Illinois, as well as about Brazilian and Indian cinema in Freie Universitat in Berlim and dozens of other national institutions. As journalist, besides the Bollywood special report, he’s the author of special coverages like the launching of the Performance Capture technique in Skywalker Ranch, in San Francisco (2004) and the backstage of CNN news production during the 2004 US election year.

Franthiesco Ballerini

WRITER

 
BOOKS
 
MOVIES
NOME

Director and Screenwriter

Fiction / 15 minutes

2015

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Directors Circle Festival of Shorts - EUA 2016

VII Brazilian Film Series - EUA 2016

2ª Futuro do Cinema Brasileiro - Brasil 2016

Great Lakes Int. Film Festival - EUA 2016

Erie International Film Festival - EUA 2016

9° Festival Int. Cinemúsica de Conservatória - Brasil 2015

Produced for Giorgio Armani (Italy)

Official Selection

59° BFI London Film Festival - 2015

LEGADO/LEGACY
Producer
Fiction /5 minutes
2015
BOLLYWORLD
Producer and Screenwriter
Documentary / 25 minutes
Brazil / India / EUA
2009

The backstage of the biggest movie industry of the world.

SPECIAL REPORTS
NICHOLAS SPARKS EXCLUSIVE 
FROM LOS ANGELES
NEW CINEMA DIVAS ON DVD
ADAM SANDLER 'ZOHAN'
COVERAGE IN LOS ANGELES
NEW HECTOR BABENCO MOVIE
FULL OF POLEMICS
 
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LISA
KUDROW, OF TV SHOW 'FRIENDS'
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF
THE AUTHORAL LOOK
BOOK ABOUT PASOLINI 
THE REVIVAL OF
BRAZILIAN CINEMA
TV GLOBO AND HIS CONCEPT
OF ARTS JOURNALISM
ARTS JOURNALISM WINS OR LOOSES WITH THE DIGITAL ERA?
THE AGENDA DICTATORSHIP
THE OLYMPUS OF
DISPOSABLE GODS
THE CLASSICAL FIGHT WITHIN
ARTS JOURNALISM
A FILM CRITIC TO
CALL YOURS
BETWEEN GOD AND THE DEVIL
SOUTH KOREAN NEW CINEMA
UNEQUAL CINEMA
MOSFILM: SOVIET CINEMA
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTO BOLAÑOS
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH
ALAN ARKIN
​'THE BOY IN STRIPED PAJAMAS COVERAGE IN LOS ANGELES
RICHARD GERE AND DIANE LANE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
 
BOLLYWOOD SPECIAL REPORT
 
TEN TIPS FOR A FUTURE
ARTS JOURNALIST
ANTONIO CANDIDO AND
HIS ART JOURNALISM
ARTS JOURNALISM OR
SOCIAL COLUMN?
THE DUOPOLY GOOGLE-FACEBOOK AND THE EFFECT ON ARTS JOURNALISM
VICTORY WILL NOT BE FOR
DARKNESS IN BRAZIL
THE POWER OF REGIONAL
ARTS JOURNALISM
ERUDITE, YES!
INDECIPHERABLE, NO!
60 THOUSAND FACES OF 
MADONNA IN ARTS JOURNALISM
ARTS JOURNALISM IN 
BOLSONARO ADMINISTRATION
 
 
HISTÓRIA DO CINEMA MUNDIAL
(HISTORY OF WORLD CINEMA)
2020

PART 1 - INDUSTRY

(Hollywood; Chinawood and Nollywood).

 

PART 2 - MOVEMENTS

(Impressionism, Surrealism, Poetic Realism, German Expressionism, Italian Newrealism, French New Wave, Cinema Novo).

PART 3 - ESSENTIAL WORLD

(Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, Oceania).

Preface: Walter Carvalho (Cinematographer)

'Central Station'(1999) 

PODER SUAVE
(CULTURAL SOFT POWER)
2017

Hollywood, Brazilian and Mexican Soap Operas, Chinese Ancient Art, Russian Ballet, Bollywood, Bossa Nova, Tango, French Fashion, African Art, Brazilian Carnival, Renaissance Art, Japanese MAG Culture.

Preface: Juca Ferreira,

Former Ministry of Culture of Brazil 

JORNALISMO CULTURAL NO SÉCULO 21
ARTS JOURNALISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

2015

Literature, Visual Arts, Theater, Cinema, Music, TV, Games, Fashion, Gastronomy.

Preface: Daysi Bregantini 

CEO of Cult magazine

CINEMA BRASILEIRO NO SÉCULO 21
BRAZILIAN CINEMA IN THE
21ST CENTURY

2012

Reflections of filmmakers, producers, distributors, exhibitors, artists, film critics, and legislators about the national production.

Preface: Jean-Claude Bernardet

Philosopher, actor, filmmaker and film critic

DIÁRIO DE BOLLYWOOD
BOLLYWOOD DIARIES

2009

Curiosities and secrets of the biggest movie industry of the world. 

First book in Portuguese about Indian cinema in the world.

TV AND INTERNET
 
SKILLS
 
FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI NEW BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BOOK INVESTIGATES THE POWER OF SEDUCTION OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
'PODER SUAVE' SHOWS THE EFFICIENCY OF CULTURAL WEAPONS IN PUBLIC OPINION
FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI TALKS ABOUT THE CINEMA NATIONAL BOX OFFICE IN BAND NEWS
CHICAGO READER
A CONVERSATION WITH
BRAZILIAN FILM CRITIC
NEW BOOK OF FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI INVESTIGATES INDIAN MOVIE INDUSTRY
CULTURAL SOFT POWERS ARE WEAPONS OF COLONIZED NATIONS
TV ESTADÃO REVERBERATES
THE SPECIAL REPORT IN BOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI AND THE REBIRTH OF VERA CRUZ STUDIOS IN SBT NEWS
'METRÓPOLIS', OF TV CULTURA, INTERVIEWS FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI ABOUT 'PODER SUAVE
BRAZILIAN CINEMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY IN TV GLOBO NEWS WEBSITE
FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI COMMENTS ABOUT THE ACADEMY AWARD
'BRAZILIAN CINEMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY' - BOOK RELEASE
WEEKLY COLUMN ABOUT THE NEW FILMS EVERY FRIDAY ON TV
'BOLLYWORLD' EXHIBITION IN
TV GLOBO NEWS WEBSITE
JOURNALISTIC VANITY: THEME OF SHORT FILM NOW IN CHICAGO
METRÓPOLIS - TV CULTURA
INTERVIEWS FRANTHIESCO
ABOUT BOLLYWOOD
FRANTHIESCO BALLERINI
WRITES PREFACE IN NEW BOOK
ABOUT PASOLINI
NEW BOOK ANALYZES ARTS
JOURNALISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Teaching Audiovisual and Journalism

Filmmaking and Internet

Lectures and Master Classes

Media Training

Specialized text writing

Development of courses

COURSES (AVAILABLE ONLINE) 
 
ARTS JOURNALISM
ARTS CRITIC
FILM ANALYSIS
HISTORY OF WORLD CINEMA
HISTORY OF ART CINEMA
DIRECTING
SCREENWRITING
DOCUMENTARY
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
FOR JOURNALISM AND
PUBLIC RELATIONS
GREAT FILM DIRECTORS:
LANGUAGES, AESTHETICS AND TECHNIQUES
COMMUNICATION FOR MARKET
COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
STORYTELLING
 

© 2018 Por Franthiesco Ballerini.

In London Film Festival
Encontramos Helen Mirren no lançamento de 'Legacy' no London Film Festival.
With Susan Sarandon
Belíssima entrevista com Susan Sarandon, que falou sobre sua militância política. (Los Angeles, 2006).
Teaching in TV Globo
Montei um curso sobre linguagem de documentário para jornalistas esportivos da TV Globo em 2015.
Interview for TV Cultura
Falando sobre as estreias do cinema nacional para o Jornal da Cultura
Peck kiss in TV star
Quando cheguei atrasado pra coletiva e a rainha da TV me perdoou com um selinho.
Film for Giorgio Armani
'Legacy' foi um curta que fizemos para a Giorgio Armani e foi exibido no London Film Festival em 2015.
Tribute from students
Professor homenageado da turma de Produção Audiovisual das Faculdades Integradas Rio Branco em 2015.
Backstage of CNN
Em 2004, fiz uma reportagem especial sobre os bastidores da CNN direto de Atlanta para o Estadão.
Covering Superman in Mexico
Brian Singer, Kevin Spacey, Brandon Routh e Kate Bosworth na coletiva do Superman Returns na Cidade do México.
Lecture with Rubens Ewald
Recebi meu querido amigo Rubens Ewald Filho para falar sobre festivais de cinema na AIC.
Release of Arts Journalism
Lançamento do 'Jornalismo Cultural no Século 21' na Livraria Cultura em 2015.
'Nome' in Film Festival
O lançamento do meu curta, Nome, no Festival Cinemúsica de Conservatória.
Lecture in Berlim
Tive a honra de falar do 'Diário de Bollywood' para acadêmicos alemães, indianos e brasileiros na cidade de Berlim, em 2011.
Bollywood in bookstores
'Diário de Bollywood' ganhou destaque na livraria do Espaço Itaú de Cinema, na Rua Augusta em São Paulo.
Presenting film festival
Uma honra ter feito a curadoria do 1 Festival Rio Branco de Audiovisual, que foi um sucesso.
In TV Cultura about cinema
O Jornal da Cultura me chamou para falar do sucesso das comédias no cinema brasileiro.
'Nome' in Chicago
E meu curta, Nome, vai para o Brazilian Film Series em Chicago.
Hall of Fame
Uma visita obrigatória na Calçada da Fama em Los Angeles em uma das junkets que fiz pelo Estadão
With Ralitsa Vassileva
Um prazer ter entrevistado uma das grandes jornalistas em atividade nos EUA, a Ralitsa Vassileva.
Writing in Viña del Mar
Um especial sobre turismo de vinhos que fiz para o Grupo Estado no Chile. Essa é a turma de jornalistas.
With Indian female directors
Fiz questão de entrevistas as diretoras de cinema em atividade na Índia, durante minha estadia no país, que gerou o livro e o documentário.
Toronto Festival
Diretores, produtores, críticos e atores se reunirão na segunda edição do Festival de Filmes Brasileiros em Toronto, no Canadá.
Journalism, Wines and Uruguay
Escrevi um especial sobre as vinícolas produtoras de Carménère no Uruguai para o caderno de Turismo do Estadão.
In Hollywood
Uma visita no bairro cinematográfico mais famoso do mundo.
The Academy Awards
O Kodak Theatre, que abrigou tantas edições do Academy Awards, em Los Angeles.
In Pune Film Festival
Que honra ter entrevistado um dos maiores cineastas indianos da história, Shyam Benegal.
With Warner. Bros. staff
Um dia antes de ir para o Skywalker Ranch entrevistas Robert Zemeckis, em São Francisco, em 2004.
Fighting in Bollywood
Escolas de atores na Índia precisam ensinar seus alunos a chorar e a lutar, caso queiram ser astros de Bollywood.
Master Class in Chicago
Ministrei uma Master Class sobre Cinema Brasileiro na University of Chicago, em 2013.
With the first Bible
Cara a cara com a primeira Bíblia impressa por Gutenberg, no século 15, exposta na Antuérpia (Bélgica).
Mais Imagens
Writing in Viña del Mar

Um especial sobre turismo de vinhos que fiz para o Grupo Estado no Chile. Essa é a turma de jornalistas.