By Daria Trifu
It is that time of the year again, September, when the annual issue of the magazine is published. This is when I take a moment to reflect on the previous editions, to think about all the people who graced the pages of Daria! and to re-examine the many subjects its articles addressed over the course of the last twelve years.
On this year’s cover, we have the classy and savvy Hollywood producer and entrepreneur, Jamee Natella. A native of Chicago, she started her journey in the film industry at a very young age. After catch-ing the attention of Benicio Del Toro and producing his first short film, Submission, she went on to establish her very own production company in Tokyo and later opened offices in London and in Hollywood. As a woman in Hollywood she persevered in holding top creative positions as she’s been working with some of the best talent and film executives there are. We interviewed Jamee exclusively for this magazine and had the pleasure to work with her, in front of the camera too, for the cover of this issue.
When I founded Daria! in 2005 I wanted to create something different from what existed, at that time, on the market. I humbly believe that I did just that. The target was to illustrate entertainment, art and business subjects in exclusivity, to write about new talents and about very original issues that are principally related to the film industry. I’m happy to see that, every year, Daria! expands its subjects and the number of its readers. This is, in part, due to the fact that the magazine grows with me and with my company’s activities.
In 2011, together with film director Bruno Pischiutta, I founded the Brasov International Film Festival & Market (presently known as the Global Nonviolent Film Festival). From that time, I am constantly in contact with hundreds of filmmakers and I have the privilege of watching a considerable number of nonviolent films every year.
Since the inception of the Festival, Daria! pub-lishes articles, in most cases in exclusivity, about the participating film-makers and their selected films. I can now say with satisfaction that between the over 10,000 festivals that exist globally today, ours is the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. Last year, we moved the Festival from the small city of Brasov (Romania) and we brought it online. Today, anyone in the world can watch the selected films from the comfort of their home.
In 2012, my company opened a new division: Global Film Actors Agency. The Agency applies the Hollywood system of the Studios used in the 50s that has created Stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and many others. Daria! magazine followed, of course, the new division’s development and informed the readers about its success. Today, the Agency has about fifty professional actors under contract and has created a talent pool of over 4,000 English speaking talents from all over the world.
A big part of the first issue of the magazine, in 2005, was dedicated to the feature film Punctured Hope that was produced by myself and directed by Bruno Pischiutta. The film was qualified for nomination consideration at the 2010 Academy Awards® and was proposed for nomination in two categories, Best Film Expose and Best Film on Human Rights, by the Political Film Society in Hollywood.
In the last few years, my company produced only two feature documentaries but it developed a slate of ten major feature films and ten related documentaries, to be produce in the next five years. At this time, the target is to bring the company public and to finance the very expensive production of its film slate.
I hope that, in the next issue of Daria!, I will be able to inform the readers about more successes of our enterprises. D!