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December 18, 2013
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(SitNews) Ceglie Messapica, Italy - Robert “Bob” Carter, a longtime salmon fish packer skipper in Ketchikan, is spinning into motion a feature-length independent film set in southern Italy based on his travels in Italy in the 1970s.  For nearly 25 years Carter was a fixture on the docks of Ketchikan where he ran fish packers for Ward’s Cove and Icicle Seafood and during the 1970s worked for Larry Painter’s Alsek. He built a home in Clam Cove on Gravina Island and was renowned for rowing a skiff across the Tongass Narrows to bring building materials for his house.

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council - Ketchikan, Alaska

RODOLFO is Carter’s latest venture: A dramatized version of his madcap encounter in 1973 with an Italian misfit who invited him to his village in the southern Italian region of Puglia and took Carter on a bizarre series of adventures. What made this Italian misfit so special, and so endearing to Carter, was his over-the-top spirit and a quirk unlike any other: He dressed, and behaved, as though he was the reincarnation of Rudolph Valentino, the great Italian silent era film star.

The film is directed by Caleb Burdeau, an Irish-American film-maker and a longtime friend of Carter’s. Burdeau also lived in Ketchikan as a child, attending both Valley Park Elementary School and Schoenbar Middle School. His brother and fellow former Valley Park student, award-winning print journalist Cain Burdeau, is the movie’s producer.

“Movie making is about dreams, making a vision – a dream – a reality,” Carter said. “For years I have been telling people about my time spent with ‘Rudolph Valentino the Second,’ and I just felt that it would make a great, great movie. A movie about strangers, about how we are all strangers to one another, but how we are all alike too. It’s both a sad movie and one about hope.”

The movie will be filmed in February 2014 in Puglia through Swing The Hammer Films, an independent film-making company run by Carter and Burdeau.

As an independent film, it’s being funded through alternative financing methods.

The producers are currently raising funds for RODOLFO through online crowdsourcing via KICKSTARTER, a portal where anyone can support the film financially and receive rewards and a mention in the film’s credits. 

On the Web:

The movie’s Kickstarter campaign

Source of News: 

Swing the Hammer Films, LLC

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