PREMIERES JUNE 10th at the ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL. Noelle’s Journey is a film about Noelle Elia. A multimedia artist, she writes and films the human condition and shares her discoveries through her work. Her major documentary film project has revolved around Franco Grosso, a working class popcorn vendor. When he unexpectedly passes away, Noelle is prompted to look at her film and its meaning in a new way. This quest for understanding brings her grandfather, Mariano, a successful industrialist, into the spotlight and begins to reveal the underpinnings of an Italian-Canadian community of over 1 million people who travelled to Canada for a new life. Follow Noelle as she goes back to the beginning to discover who we are today.
Noelle Elia is an artist, writer and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Through collage, documentary, print journalism, photography, and interior design, she explores the human condition and the creative process. As a researcher of life, she makes connections – searching for common threads and a better understanding of herself, and the world around her.
Noelle’s collage and photographic work have developed into a complex roadmap for navigating her personal belief system and visual ideology. Using cut and paste, she locates herself in pop culture, ethnic imagery, found objects, kitsch, iconography, and street art. She has created mixed media environments in clubs and cafés, designed a Hindu-themed room in a New York City art hotel, and has shown in galleries in the US and Canada.
Her writing has appeared in arts and culture magazines, national papers, and indie bi-weeklies. As an editor emeritus for Point of View, Canada’s premiere publication on documentaries and independent film, Noelle has interviewed such directors as Errol Morris, Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, and Kim Longinotto. Her writing continues to focus on social activism, feminism, aesthetics, and the creative evolution of the doc genre.
Driven by the never-ending question of what makes us similar rather than different, she is drawn to the “ordinary extraordinary” in documentary. Her film subjects include sex-positive performance artists from Brooklyn, a solar eclipse gathering in the Sahara in Libya, Mexican wrestlers, an Italian-Canadian popcorn man, and a Czech choreographer who lived through the Communist regime.
Noelle is currently in post-production on an expressionistic, personal essay documentary that explores issues of struggle and survival as seen through the lens of creativity.