Several months ago I did a post about our friend, Stefano Secchi, asking for support of his movie which was then in the fund-raising stage through Kickstarter. Though he is an incredibly talented, Culinary Institute of America trained chef who also received his undergraduate degree from SMU and worked on Wall Street, he wants to make movies.
He followed this desire last summer to film his first screenplay on location in Sardinia and New York. Inspired by his father and uncle and their Sardinian heritage, Shilo, An Italian Immigrant’s Debt to America wrapped filming early last fall and since then Stefano has been in Dallas, once again cooking at his family restaurant, Ferrari’s Italian Villa in Grapevine, and editing the film. To help with funding the film Stefano included incentives at various donation levels, including everything from his dad’s secret Linguine with Clams recipe, to Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits, to a multi course tasting dinner in Dallas or LA.
Gary and his partners contributed funding to help Stefano finish the film, and for that we had a chance to enjoy a lavish dinner with Stefano and his wonderful parents, Jane and Fancesco Secchi, a few weeks ago at their Ferrari’s Italian Villa in Addison. Beautiful, lavish and decadent.
As for the progress of the film, Stefano says he has just 5 pages left to edit so the film will be done soon. With talent as delicious as this, matched with dedication and passion, expect more great things from this film-making chef in the future, both behind the camera and while wearing a chef’s coat.