In the Middle

Film phase: Post Production


Domenico Colapinto has been a quiet fisherman for 30 years. One early morning, coming back from a night at sea, he realizes that what he has mistaken for the cries of seagulls is in fact the screaming of hundreds of African migrants drowning in the water all around his boat. Filmed on Italy’s southernmost tiny island of Lampedusa, an unlikely setting for a rampant humanitarian crisis, Domenico’s story plunges the viewer into the distress of coping with the waves of humanity washing over his tiny island to seek safety and a better life in Europe.


In The Middle is co-directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo


Lorena LucianoBorn and raised in Italy, where she graduated from the School of Law at Milan University, Lorena Luciano moved to New York City in 1996 to pursue her career in documentary filmmaking. In 1998 her first feature documentary on Italian iconoclast playwright-performer Dario Fo, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, entered the Venice Film Festival’s official selection. Lorena is the recipient of several prestigious artist grants such as the MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ben & Jerry Foundation, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Her media work focuses on social issues, the environment, the human rights as well as on the arts. Her films, winners of numerous awards, have been screened and distributed internationally. She lives in New York with her two children and her husband and film partner Filippo Piscopo.


Filippo Piscopo is a New York based documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer whose directing credits include, among others, Variety and New York Times-praised Urbanscapes – theatrically released in 2006; Venice Film Festival official selection and Houston WorldFest winner A Nobel for Two; NYSCA recipient, Independent Film Week showcased and multiple awards winner Coal Rush. Granted the Social Justice Award by Amy Goodman, Filippo’s documentary work, a collaboration with his wife and film partner Lorena Luciano, has been internationally recognized with several audience and jury prizes.


In the Middle was awarded a MacArthur Foundation, a NYSCA, and a Bertha Foundation grant. The film was also named an IDFA Forum Central Pitch selection in Amsterdam and featured at the Independent Film Week in New York. Wide networking with major humanitarian organizations will facilitate screenings of the film worldwide to contribute to the present debate on global migrations.