Contro Vento means "going against the wind"
That's how we like to work: outside the status quo.
We embrace an ethos of 'hyperrealism', which has enabled us to produce world-class films, that cut to the heart of truth.
Raffaello Degruttola - Founder
Raffaello was born in Barnet, North London, England. At the age of 8 the family moved to Queens NYC for a short time where Raffaello attended St.Anthony's Catholic school in South Ozone Park.
Upon their return to England, Raffaello joined the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Central London, where he trained until the age of 16 before joining The Lee Strasbourg Theater Institute in London.
Raffaello spent time living in the US and the UK working extensively in TV and Film.
Notable acting credits include:
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
Rush (Ron Howard)
Unlocked (Michael Apted)
The Hustle (Chris Addison)
In Love and War (Richard Attenborough)
Wit (Mike Nicholes)
In 2010 he wrote and directed his first 30min drama The Other Side of My Sleep, inspired by the death of his father and grandmother. Following the film's success in opening the Boston Film Festival, Raffaello went on to shoot his first feature film Flim The Movie - shooting for one day a week over 18 months whilst constructing the story around improvisation to influence the next scene.
Flim The Movie was nominated for a Moet British Independent Film Award following its selection for the Raindance Film Festival and The NYC Independent Film Festival.
Heavily influenced by the Danish Dogme 95 rules of film making, Italian Neo Realism and NY cinema of the 70's & 80's, Raffaello went on to write and direct his second feature film, a psychological love story that tackles the corrosion of a relationship due to concealed and unresolved mental health issues.
Transference: A Bipolar love Story was selected for the Arizona and Buenoa Aires International Film Festivals and received the Jury Award at SRFF in NYC.
Christina Chong - Creative Consultant
Christina Chong is an international television and film actress who stars in the brand-new CBS series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds alongside Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn.
Christina is the proud daughter of a Chinese father who immigrated to the UK from Hong Kong and English mother. She began in the performing arts at three years old with dance and attended Italia Conti (the UK equivalent to world famous Juilliard) for high school.
Her TV credits include:
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Doctor Who (BBC)
24: Live Another Day (Fox)
Film credits include:
Johnny English Reborn (Warner Brothers)
Tom & Jerry: The Movie (Warner Brothers)
Christina has spent the last decade and half, rediscovering who she is in Hollywood both personally and professionally, working with life coach Michael James.
She has joined the Contro Vento team as a Creative Consultant, having worked with Raffaello on two of his films: Transference and Tremor Cordis. They both share a common work ethos, love for cinema and hyperrealism.
Bill Bossert - Producer
Bill entered the world of independent filmmaking starting with co-writing and producing the Canadian horror film, Terror of Dracula in 2011. Following that, he helped produce the popular and award-winning web-series, Girl/Girl Scene and became involved with indie rock bands Hunter Valentine and The Cliks.
Bill met Raff Degruttolla during the making of the feature, Seeking Dolly Parton and re-united with Raff in 2020 as creative/executive producer of Transference: A Love Story. It was during the filming of Transference that Bill was asked to join Contro Vento Films. Aside from Contro Vento, Bill has helped in the production of several short films in the last two years, among them Bobby Jaws, The Love You Want Exists, Notice to Quit, Type Till You Bleed and Swipe Right.
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