Michele Civetta is an Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker and multi-media artist and founder of Quintessence Films.
Michele Civetta is an Emmy nominated director. Over the years Civetta has directed videos for Lou Reed, Sparklehorse, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Marracash, Ladytron, Yoko Ono. Commercials for Coca-Cola, Martini & Rossi, Cingular wireless, Badoit mineral water. In 2006 Civetta wrote and directed an ambitious and critically acclaimed musical feature for Sean Lennon's Capitol Records release Friendly Fire. The 50-minute film debuted January 2008 on Mark Cuban's HDNet channel.
Civetta is preparing a film based on the international bestseller Coin Locker Babies that was scheduled to shoot in the summer of 2010 in Thailand and Japan, a co-production between Don Murphy's Angry Films (Natural Born Killers, Bully, From Hell, Transformers) and the French Studio Wild Bunch (City of God, Irreversible, March of the Penguins, Che). Production was delayed to 2013; by May of that year, the project had been renamed Regular Boy, and it was listed in IMDB as being in "pre-production". Originally set to star Val Kilmer, Gael Garcia Bernal, Asia Argento, Brady Corbett, Jamie Cambell Bower, Devon Aoki and Tadanobu Asano, it now had Tadanobu Asano, Asia Argento and Brady Corbett confirmed.
Civetta is also preparing a film with Alain Guede based on the life of the Chevalier de Saint George. Most recently Civetta and his company Quintessence Films commissioned and produced a series of 42 second short films based on Dreams for 42 Below Vodka/ Bacardi. Some of the filmmakers involved include David Lynch, Kenneth Anger, Gaspar Noe, Sergei Bodrov, Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, and Mike Figgis.
Most recently Civetta embarked on a psychedelic surf film for the New York based label Mexican summer as a collaboration with members of MGMT, Ariel Pink & Connan Mockasin. Shooting began in Nicaruagua fall 2014.
Over the years Civetta has worked with a wide array of actors including Asia Argento, Brady Corbett, Lindsay Lohan, Carrie Fisher, Devon Aoki, Paz de la Huerta, Burt Young, Grant Morrison and artists from Yoko Ono to Luigi Ontani, Donald Baechler.
In 2016 Civetta's commercial Halloween Today for NBC was nominated for an Emmy Award.