About the Director
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Augusto Contento was born Jan. 22, 1973, in Lanciano (Chieti). He takes care of the artistic and creative within Cineparallax. He has lived in Paris since 2000. His first movie, Onibus, won the prize for best documentary at the Italian Festival in Bellaria. His second and third films Tramas and Roads Transparent have both been selected in the Locarno and Buenos Aires film festivals. Roads of Water opened the 2012 Rome Film Festival, at the presence of Mme Danielle Mitterand and gets the Worldwide Patronage by UNESCO. His sixth film Parallax Sounds won the Ucca prize at the Festival of Turin and was selected to the Reykjavík International Film Festival. With Red Ashes, in 2013, he was invited for the third time at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2017, Shadowgram was just accepted into the Festival du Nouveau Cinema of Montreal. He is currently finalizing his new documentary La Stella Oltre il Mulino.
“Chicago's Southside is a ghost town, which I renamed Ghostwood. Walking along the streets of its main neighbourhoods, I discovered for the first time what it means to be a White human being. A pure and simple color, with no individuality. White meant as a threat. Unwanted paternalism. A living being of another species, coming from another planet. The physical, urban space of Ghostwood is reduced to a few corners, the corners of the Liquor Stores. Streets are always empty, nobody is walking and it’s quite impossible to meet a White American. The few passers-by are often hooded and smelly sellers, identical to medieval merchants. The Cosmopolitan Chicago of the futuristic architecture, modern gastronomy, is light years away. It is not only a geographical distance, but economic and cultural. It mirrors an absent public politic.”