A New York City interdisciplinary artist you need to know. Filippo ‘Feel’ Cavalca.

It’s been a banner year for filmmaker and soundtrack composer Filippo Feel Cavalca, who nabbed the Best Music Award at Independent Horror Movie Awards for his score for the short horror film Consurgo, received a nominee for Best Editing at the Genre Celebration Festival for his edit of the same short and saw his own short drama film Seapoem selected among the best 10 films at the Seaport Social Cinema. Best known for his work in films, he is also the founder of Feel For Films New York (feelforfilms.com), a “laboratory” in the East Village that incubates different talents and offers a complete list of creative services for the production and post-production of films and advertising photo and video shoots. The Mission is to encourage diversity and experimentation in the arts. “I liked the idea of a place where international artists coming from different scenes and I could come together to make film, photography and art – an all-in-one interdisciplinary space”, he told us.

The Italian native artist bases his work on influences coming from both Europe and the US. He is a visionary talent that keeps an eye on the past, especially inspired by Kubrick, Antonioni, Fellini, Nouvelle Vague and various indie and avant-garde scenes of NYC and Europe. His ability to mix different arts and languages has been an irreplaceble assets for film productions and indipendent artists, such as Hashtag Films, Sky Arts, the film director Marcus Slabine, the documentarist Fred Kuwornu, the queen of NYC Nightlife Dianne Brill and Leonardo Premutico, the creative founder of the award –winning Adv Agency Johannes Leonardo, among many others.

Filippo has made New York City his home and succeeded in making a mark on its film scene. David Byrne, co-founder of the new wave rock band Talking Heads, wrote in 2013 that too many neighborhoods had become “pleasure domes for the rich” with “no room for fresh creative types,” in contrast with when he arrived in the ‘70s. We asked Filippo if he thinks that things have changed since 2013 or if Byrne is still right, if he ever was. And if he is, what is the secret to success? “You are lucky if you don’t need a huge amount of space… I’m thinking about artists that make large format paintings or giant sculptures and I imagine their struggle. But I have to say that New York still makes up for in community what it lacks in space. The secret is to always be one step ahead, foresee what people are hungry for and then to remain humble and listen to their comments. You still can’t beat the amount of resources that you have in this city in terms of critical feedback from writers, producers, and art lovers”.

Viola Vivi Ceccarini