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SUNY-ESF off-campus program leads to feature film

George F. Earle Lecture & Festival of Places

Contact: Dave White
(315) 470-6647

For Immediate Release

(Syracuse) – The making of the movie “After Roberto” will be the subject of the George F. Earle Lecture 7 PM, Friday, February 18, 2005, in Marshall Auditorium at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After the lecture, the ESF Faculty of Landscape Architecture and the fifth-year students of the 2004 off-campus semester will present the 31st annual Festival of Places.

“After Roberto” is a feature-length film written by Louis Fusco (ESF Class of ’81) based on his experiences in Genoa, Italy, as a student in the SUNY-ESF Landscape Architecture Off-Campus Program.

“The off-campus experience has stayed with me all these years culminating in doing this film,” said Fusco.

He continued, “It (1980) was my first trip to Europe, far different from my children’s experience. Plus it happened when architecture training was opening up my eyes to see the world around me. Then I was plopped down in a country where English was a foreign language. Your other senses really come alive.”

Fusco and his wife moved to Italy for a couple of years after graduation, building on the friendships begun during his student days. When his oldest son, Marc, showed a passion for film, Fusco took him to Genoa where they spent a week shooting a short film Marc used for college applications. It was the precursor for the screenplay eventually written by Fusco.

“After Roberto” is the story of an American man, pursued through Northern Italy, confronting the demons outside and within. It was shot over five and a half weeks in July and August of last year, mostly in Genoa, Pisa, Verona and Venice.

Fusco plans to show several minutes of the movie as a part of his lecture. The plan is to enter the movie in festivals in New York City, Toronto and Seattle with the intention to market the film to a broad-based theater audience.

The George F. Earle Lecture precedes the 31st Annual Festival of Places in Alumni Lounge at Marshall Hall where students in the 2004 off-campus semester build exhibits to illustrate their respective independent study projects.

Thirty-three students participated in the 2004 Landscape Architecture Off-Campus Program, created and developed by Professor Emeritus George F. Earle. They worked in Prague, Berlin, Bristol (United Kingdom), Copenhagen, Barcelona and Brasilia.

Louis and Annmarie Fusco have three children, Marc, 21; Paul, 17; and Niki, 6. They live in Pound Ridge, NY.

News Release # 9
February 16, 2005

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