About / A little something about myself

 

Italian born, class of 1974, I’ve been raised in Africa, more precisely Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, DR Congo and Malawi, learning English, French, and Italian of course. In the late eighties I came back with my family to Europe, living between Belgium, France, and finally Northeastern Italy.

I moved to Rome in 2003, when I started being involved in the film industry working as Talent Agent first and Casting Assistant then for foreign productions shooting in Italy.

In 2006 I started my own company working as Casting Director mainly for commercials. My portfolio includes clients like Dior, Hallmark, Barilla USA, Volvo, Chrysler, Nintendo, among many others. With all my gained experience in casting actors, in 2015 I finally started working on feature films and TV shows as well, both nationally and internationally.

My passion for genre films and producers like Roger Corman and Charles Band recently led me to also start my own production company, characterized by a distinct passion for Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy entertainment. Besides my main activities as a Casting Director, I also write and produce.

Since my debut in the film industry, I have sometimes used the pseudonym Alan Mancuso in honor of Kevin Mancuso, one of the many pseudonyms of Aristide Massaccesi (Joe d’Amato), one of my favorite Italian film directors.

Personal life

 

I live between Rome, Northeastern Italy, and Southern France with my beautiful wife, my lovely daughter, two cats, and a turtle.

My all-time favorite actor’s list includes Barbara Steele, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski, Barbara Bouchet, Dick Miller, Tim Thomerson, Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Christopher Lloyd, Max von Sydow, Joe Pesci, John Goodman, Art LaFleur, Charles Bronson, Christopher Walken, Eli Wallach, among so many others.

My all-time favorite film directors list includes Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, William Friedkin, Joe d’Amato, Jim Jarmusch, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Fernando Di Leo, Enzo G. Castellari, Sergio Martino, Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna, Guy Ritchie, John Waters, Paul Verhoeven, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Mark L. Lester, Jim Wynorski, among many others.

Besides working with film production, I also have a passion for design, which was my professional job before moving into casting. I sometimes still work as Creative Director for selected clients or projects.

In the past I have played in a hardcore punk band for almost seven years. I remember those years as the most intense days of my life. We have released three records and toured everywhere in Europe. Today I still make music in my spare time. My favorite band list includes Gorilla Biscuits, Minor Threat, Adrenalin O.D., Botch, Coalesce, Propagandhi, Napalm Death, and too many other great bands to list here.