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SUNY-ESF Off-campus program leads to feature film

Louis Fusco's film, "After Roberto"

Hear Jim Reith's February 18th WSYR interview of Louis Fusco

"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 showed 20 minutes of the movie as a part of his lecture. He is entering the movie in festivals in New York City, Toronto and Seattle with the intention to market the film to a broad-based theater audience.

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

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