Alessandro Grespan, Niccolò Falsetti and Stefano de Marco belong to the collective group Zero, located in Rome.
The three of them are creatives who write and shoot material addressed to the advertising, music and entertainment industry. They define themselves “half pirates, half filmmakers”.
This talented trio, fed up to hear the same old sentences on unpaid employment, such as “you are still young”, “interesting work, it can be added on your CV”, “you are gaining experience” and so on, decided to express their vision of the world by shooting some shorts where they act as main characters and interpret roles such as the plumber, the aerial installer or the gardener. Once they finish their jobs, they learn that they will not be paid as the employer has no money.
Lo diresti al tuo idraulico? / Lo diresti al tuo giardiniere? / Lo diresti al tuo antennista?
Italy, 2014, 8’ (total)
The campaign #COGLIONENO was triggered off by the Net and is made of three videos entitled “Would you tell your aerial installer?”, “Would you tell your gardener?” and “Would you tell your plumber?”. The aim of this campaign is to focus on the ever growing phenomenon of the unpaid creative jobs. Theirs can be seen as a creative protest whose final goal is to make the audience reflect.
ERASMUS 24_7 – BERLIN
ERASMUS 24_7 is the first documentary focusing on Erasmus students. The collective Zero tells us about the experiences of seven university students in seven different cities: Istanbul, Valencia, Bordeaux, Rome, Prague, Lisbon and Berlin. Seven different urban settings, from east to west, and students ranging from the age of 20 to 31. The video presented at the 2014 Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival tells us about Rita Fabbri, the youngest of the group: her arrival in Berlin, her being part of the Berliner society, an overview on the city’s nightlife and the wish to give life to a new experience: she manages to create a band. Zero’s goal was to picture the Erasmus experience as being almost essential for the professional and personal growth of a student. No better place than showing this video in a city like Venice, which welcoms young people from all over the world and whose University offers its students the opportunity of training in a foreign country.
Italy, 2013, 2’
LO STAGGISTA (The Trainee), a video which focuses on another bitter aspect of today’s society. The trainee presents himself to two anonymous interviewers:-we can only hear their voices and this puts them at distance. The two start asking the candidate apparently normal questions, but soon the dialogue takes a tragi-comic turn. Just as in #COGLIONENO, also in this video there is an open irony to the difficult situations that young people have to deal with in order to enter the employment world.