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Speaker 9/30/21
“The Great Italophile”
Maurizio Gigola

September 30 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Maurizio Gigola is an Italian documentary film maker living in Milano and San Francisco. Many of his creations have featured contemporary chefs and winemakers in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. On Thursday, September 30, at a live luncheon at SFIAC graced with some of Gigola’s favorite Italian wines, he will discuss the origins and evolution over several millennia of modern Italian cuisine. Luncheon at 12:00, Gigola’s presentation starts at 1:00 Pacific and will be simulcast on Zoom. Among his other artistic talents, Gigola is a very knowledgeable and engaging aficionado of Italian gastronomy–so this presentation should not be missed.

Maurizio Gigola is the Director of Food and Media International, developing a cross-media platform project about Italy and food, connecting a worldwide audience of passionate Italophiles. His career spans directing and filmmaking, crossing over into commercial branding and corporate culture, and encompassing Europe, Greece and the United States. His overarching idea is that identity and value are realized through storytelling, in some form or another.

Maurizio began his career in Milan, between the birth of the first private radios and the explosion of the “Made in Italy” phenomenon towards the end of the ’70s. After a period of study at the  San Francisco Academy of Arts University, he returned to Italy and collaborated with Maestro Luciano Emmer as a producer and director, making numerous successful documentaries and commercials.

In the 1990s he entered the world of Industrial Psychology, and directed the Italian branch of P.A. Consulting. Over the next twenty years, he collaborated with many important companies in the Italian industrial and financial world, including Fiat, Cattolica Assicurazione and Banco Popolare. In addition, he collaborated with Ogilvy and created one of the very first long-distance learning platforms, becoming a partner of Psychological Associates of San Louis (MO) for which he founded and directs DW ITALIA.

Recent work includes The Great Italian, a documentary film about the life and philosophy of the great chef Gualtiero Marchesi, which was presented at Cannes in 2018. He is currently engaged on the set of “Harvest 2020 – In vino Humanitas” and in cultural and film projects aimed at affirming the value of “Made in Italy” in the world. He divides his time between Italy and San Francisco. 

More about his work can be found here.


September 30
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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1630 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States


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