Basilicata. Masters of Culture: Lucana Film Commission and Rocco Calandriello

We resume our inquiry to take a leap to today in Lucana Film Commission. Readers will forgive us, but to show all the threads of the web we will be forced to continue jumping into the past and present. This may create confusion in the reader, but at the end of the study, we hope that the map of power in the Lucan cultural industry will emerge clearly.

As you know, LCF was born and managed mainly thanks to the money from Eni royalties. And it should also be known that the money in LCF’s stomach has largely gone to pay three to four people and a few secretaries. Except for the advice. But we return to what happened earlier with one of the articles of the investigation.

Basic members of the Lucana Film Commission are the region, the province of Potenza and the province of Matera, the municipality of Potenza and the municipality of Matera. The region’s ownership share is 60%, 10% paid by all the other bodies. Of course, the fund has a single current account opened in BCC in Basilicata, branch of Potenza, the credit institution would have given it a credit limit of about 200 thousand euros.

Amendment of the Statute

Last December, just over a year after his appointment, the president resigned (or was recalled depending on his point of view) Roberto Stabile motivate gesture with these words: “The project and the vision of the association, approved by the founding members, are actually not of interest to them and there is no desire to make them realize”. He also alluded to “Pressure received, in a more or less direct way, to recruit or support projects in direct and not entirely transparent ways, all rejected to the sender both by myself and by the other directors”. There is no reason to doubt the validity of Stabile’s statements, also because, as we will see in the next sections, it cannot be ruled out that the fund was also an instrument of special interests, favoritism, strong political interference and discussed management methods.

In his term of office, Roberto Stabile changes that the statutes of the fund provides for the dual position of president – vacancy – and director, salaried position. Therefore, the president can also be the director. Thus, going to be blessed the public competition to gain access to the position of director. An entirely Lucanian extravagance perhaps dictated by interests that question politics. And yes, because at that time, politics appoint the president and thus also the director without any public selection. For employment as director of Paris Leporax, in 2013 the Evaluation Commission consisted of pro tempore representatives of the founding members: Vito Santarsiero, Piero Lacorazza, Vito De Filippo … Did an external commission not do well? Apparently not. Outwardly, but we can be wrong, it was the first and last public selection.

Before we move on, let’s point out a few oddities. A VAT number and a tax code number are displayed on LCF’s institutional website, which leads to nothing. That is, the result of the search in the register of any chamber of commerce is negative. The question would be explicable, but we will address it in another episode. In any case, the fund’s accounts closed per. December 31, 2020 with a loss of over 800 thousand euros. The other oddity is that on the official website it seems impossible to open some files, e.g. curricula. The minutes were stopped two years ago. It would be advisable to publish all documents relating to the activities of the Institute’s governing bodies on the website. It would actually be a duty.

The new board and the arrival of Rocco Calandriello

Rocco Calandriello is the current president and CEO of the LFC Foundation. Let’s try browsing his profile. Founder and director of Lucania Film Festivalproject manager for the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, director of Regional Center for Creativity di Pisticci, chairman of the cultural association Allelammie organizer of the Lucania Film Festival. The Pisticci Center for Creativity is also funded by funds from the Urban Visions of the Basilicata Region, the ministerial action that opened the institutional path to Matera2019.

Calandriello will join the LFC Board of Directors in November 2020 along with Francesco Paolo Porcari and to Roberto Stabile as president. He accepts the appointment as director in a situation that could be a “conflict of interest”, as Calandriello was at the time artistic director of the Lucania Film Festival, also funded by regional funds. Following Stabile’s resignation, Calandriello will, in accordance with the articles of association, which provide for the replacement of the chief executive, become chairman of a two-man board. In this way, according to the statute, Calandriello is the absolute leader of the fund.

Among the thousands of other activities that could be in conflict with the office of president and director of the Foundation, and even before that with the office of director, a month after his appointment, Calandriello signs a declaration that there are no reasons for incompatibility and lack of negotiability of the office. We do not question the correctness of the statement. But apart from lack of transfer and incompatibility, are we asking for no conflict of interest? The other posts in the various activities were apparently not considered to be in conflict with the post on the board, or perhaps in the meantime there have been appropriate resignations from previous functions in the other above-mentioned organizations. If there is no conflict, it remains a matter of opportunity. Also because Calandriello, still pr. February 25, 2022, is the sole director of Consortium for the Growth of the Territory through which it manages various activities in the world of cinema and theater and beyond. In 2016, in addition to Calandriello, Euro-net and the Allelammie Association were also members of the consortium.

The network of Rocco Calandriello, Nicola Timpone and all the others

Calandriello is friends with Nicola Timpone superconsultant for the LFC since the time of the Paride Leporace director. The marketing consultant Nicola Timpone and the music cinema consultant, Giovanna D’Amato (former member of the board) together they cost 131,000 euros in the budget for 2019 and 67,000 euros in the 2020 budget. The network is intertwined with other islands in the same archipelago: from Calandriello to Timpone, passing through Matera2019, through Cna Cinema, returning to Candela and hunting Leporace and others, crossing the Democratic Party, Lega, Forza Italia, Eni with Foundation Mattei. Around the so-called cultural industry in Basilicata, there is money, a lot of money – and political consensus – yet culture trudges like a very poor Cinderella: something is wrong. The investigation continues.

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