Giovanni Capitello

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Giovanni Capitello
Born Giovanni Familiare Capitello
(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Gio
Years active 2000–present

Giovanni Familiare Capitello (born August 27, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American filmmaker / actor.


Capitello is of Sicilian and German descent. Giovanni Capitello was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (1979) but grew up in East Patchogue, Long Island, and attended Bellport Senior High School (1994–1997).


He studied at The School for Film and Television in New York City (now known as The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts) where he learned the Sanford Meisner technique. After leaving acting school he appeared in many independent films and in major motion pictures, Keeping the Faith (2000), 15 Minutes (2001), Stardom (2000), and The Rules of Attraction (2002). Giovanni later moved on to filmmaking where he went to college for filmmaking and multimedia. He later directed and acted in two short films, Manic (2004) and Perturb (2005), that proved his originality and directing skills. He took his films to another level with special effects and faced paced editing that made him stand out. Giovanni worked side by side with accomplished Italian director Carlo Lavagna on a documentary based on the birth of the hip-hop and graffiti culture, Hip-Hop Diaries (2006), that aired on a major television network in Europe (Sky TV, 2006). During the summer of 2005 Giovanni got work in some of New York's hottest nightclubs, (Club Crobar, CPI, and Neptunes), where he worked as a cameraman filming world famous DJ's such as Jonathan Peters, Tiësto, Erick Morillo and Serge Devant. Recently Giovanni directed a thriller/suspense film in the town he grew up in, Patchogue, titled "Hanging Tree" released Fall of 2011 in New York City. Other works include: Billy Mays (2010), Playlist (2006), Last One (2006), Girls Night Out (2007). Giovanni founded his own video production/media company, Magic Mind Media, where he writes, produces, directs films and music videos.

Filmography (Director)[edit]

Year – Type Film – Video Director Company
2014 – Film Warning Label Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2011 – Film Hanging Tree Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2010 – Feature Film Teaser Casting Call the movie Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2010 – Music Video "Watch This" by Shelby Reese Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2010 – Animated Short Film Milly Bays Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2007 – Television Pilot Girls Night Out Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media,
NBC Universal
2006 – Short Film Last One Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2006 – Short Film Playlist Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media
Missionary Records.
2006 – Short Film Perturb Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.
2005 Manic Giovanni Capitello Magic Mind Media.

Filmography (Actor)[edit]

Year Film Credit Role Director
2014 Deadly Wives Gang Leader TV series on Biography Channel.
2013 Unusual Suspects Delroy Blaine TV series on ID Discovery.
2011 Prison Diaries Randy Wiggins TV series on TLC Discovery.
2011 Lore: Deadly Obsession Cop in Interview Movie for TV on ID Discovery.
2011 Threading Needles Officer Stuart Feature film by Jamal Hodge.
2010 The Wife Donovan Short film by Jamal Hodge.
2010 Marathon Luis Feature film by Biju Viswanath.
2006 Impulse Officer Wocawski Feature Film
2005 Manic the Manic Short film by Magic Mind Media.
2000 Keeping the Faith Bartender Feature film by Edward Norton.

Filmography (Assistant Director)[edit]

Year Film Position Notes
2011 Threading Needles Assistant Director Feature Film
2010 Marathon Assistant Director Feature Film
2009 Afternoon Drinks Assistant Director Short Film
2006 Hip Hop Diaries Assistant to Director Documentary


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