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Retrospective Screening Honoring ALDO TAMBELLINI
Recipient of the 2007 SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award
SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2007
Armory Square | 500 South Franklin St. | Syracuse, NY 13202 | www.syrfilmfest.com
Thursday, April 19, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Bristol IMAX Omnitheater
Aldo Tambellini was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930 and was taken to Italy at the age of eighteen months where he lived in Lucca (Tuscany), Italy. At the age of ten he was enrolled in the Scuola D'Arte, Augusto Passaglia and studied there until he was sixteen. His neighborhood was bombed during World War II (21 of his friends and neighbors died). In 1946, Aldo returned to the United States. For his artistic talents, he received a full scholarship to study Art at Syracuse University where he earned his B.F.A. in Painting in 1954. Subsequently, Aldo was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame studying under world-renowned artist, Ivan Mastrovic graduating with a Masters Degree in Sculpture in 1959. Aldo moved to New York City at the end of 1959. He was the founder of the artistic group called "Group Center", an active counter-culture movement organizing group exhibitions, anti-Vietnam demonstrations, multi-media events and collaborative performances.
He founded the Gate Theatre the only daily public theatre showing avant-garde independent filmmakers in New York City. He, also, co-founded, with Otto Piene, the Black Gate, a second theatre, which held live multi-media performances and installations. In the late '60s he was a pioneer of the movement of alternative video (non-broadcast TV). Aldo won the International Grand Prix, Oberhausen Film Festival, 1969 for his "Black TV" now in a collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) where he held a One-Man Film Show. There is practically no major museum or video venue in which his work has not been seen.