Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Born in rural Sicily, Simone Rapisarda Casanova used to be a computer scientist before becoming a filmmaker. His first feature, The Strawberry Tree, won accolades at many renewed festivals worldwide before being picked by Film Comment as one of the 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012. His second feature, The Creation of Meaning, won him the Best Emerging Director Award at Locarno in 2014 and was the recipient of several other notable awards before receiving a weeklong theatrical release at the MoMA in 2015. He currently teaches film at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, Canada.