a web-documentary / tv documentary series
a project by Vinz Mancuso
in collaboration and with Andy Rourke
Joy Division, the Smiths, New Order, Stone Roses, Oasis, Badly Drawn Boy, the Doves.
Other than their worldwide success, these bands have one thing in common: the city of Manchester.
The musical scene from the region north of London had a great influence and became a point of reference for the music industry in the past 30-40 years.
Andy grew up in Manchester and started to play when he was a kid; he became a rock star at a very young age as the bassist of English cult band The Smiths.
He has always believed that his hometown influenced the way he plays, and that his bass, in a way, absorbed the industrial sound of Manchester.
Today he lives in New York, working on new musical projects, he has his own show on the East Village radio. He travels frequently and plays in concerts all over North America, Asia, and Europe.
When he travels, he finds that the most rewarding experience is learning about the local music scene.
From New York to Singapore, from Bucharest to Sydney, Andy’s travels are the opportunity to listen to unique music in local clubs, radio stations and garages, and the chance to hear from unknown groups as well as famous bands.
What’s the musical scene in Bogota? What music plays today in Seattle’s garages? And in Istanbul?
His explorations are a unique way of visiting a place, not only through what you see but mainly through what you hear.
Every city has its own, whether a little suburban town or a big metropolis.
Andy is interested in discovering the “sounds of the city”.
The mount Sasso Nero (3,368 meters above sea level) is situated in the Aurine Alps in the heart of the Zillertal’s Alps.
The border between Italy and Austria is on the top of this mountain. At 2,923 meters, there is a mountain hut, which was built in 1894. It is the Vittorio Veneto hut (Schwarzensteinhütte), which is open in March, for alpine ski, and for three months in summer, from July till the end of September.
This mountain hut is a shelter for solitary excursionists, and for those who are looking for an unreal and total silence, typical of the mountains, near the glacier.
How should one welcome an illegal minor immigrant, not accompanied by his parents? There are about six thousand unaccompanied foreign minors legally registered in Italy, and we can only guess there's at least as many unknown ones.
Social politics in the province of Bolzano try to restrict the problem by working with these minors, who arrive from nearby countries like Albania, through a repatriation project.
But it's no easy task trying to convince someone to return home, who has left for the dream of finding a job and a better lifestyle.
These kids, often about 15 or 16 years old, have left everything for their journey, they got out of their families, their land, their youth. It's very difficult to convince them to get out of something once more.