In Search of Magical Waters is a short film by Serena Kovalosky that explores the creative life of artist and angler Adriano Manocchia.
Part documentary, part reality show, the film’s concept is to present the artist in a whole new way as cameras follow his search for inspiration and capture what really happens behind the studio door.
Sumptuous cinematography offers a vicariously experiential glimpse into how the artist “sees” and reality-style filming tells the unique and fascinating story in an entertaining way.
Produced, directed, written and hosted by Serena Kovalosky of Artful Vagabond Productions. The film is currently in post-production.
“This film is exactly what we are waiting for….a deep dive into art-making.”
IN SEARCH OF MAGICAL WATERS
Adriano Manocchia left a jet-setting career as a photojournalist in New York City to become an artist, teaching himself to paint in the style of the Old Masters. Tapping into his emotional resonance with water he took up fly-fishing, moved to the country, and is now one of the leading sporting artists in the United States today, painting water landscapes from the perspective of someone who has spent countless hours standing in rivers.
For over three decades, Manocchia has traveled from the Battenkill River in northeastern New York to Yellowstone National Park and beyond, looking for “magical waters” that provide the inspiration for his paintings.
In Search of Magical Waters takes the viewer on an extraordinary excursion both in the studio and on the river – from the ups and downs of the creative process to the environmental and spiritual philosophy behind the “sacred art of fly-fishing.”
The challenge of bringing the zen-like experience of “being at one with nature” into the studio and putting it on canvas is heightened by the artist’s concern for the future of these rivers.
“In the last 35 years I’ve been fishing and painting, I’ve seen a change in the environment. I want to paint these scenes because I feel they are disappearing in front of me.”
– Adriano Manocchia, painter, In Search of Magical Waters
The Magical Waters pilot was filmed in and around Cambridge and the Battenkill River in New York as well as locations in neighboring Vermont.
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A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
Serena Kovalosky is the creator of the film concept and the producer, director and writer of Magical Waters as well as the film’s on-camera host.
The idea for an art docuseries was inspired by a summer of binge-watching shows on the Food Network. As I realized how much they contributed to the expansion of the “foodie culture” in America, I dreamed of a similar awakening towards art.
I then began exploring how shows like David Gelb’s “Chef’s Table” and Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” might help me craft a new narrative to facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation of the artist’s world.
The mission of this and future films is to bust through the sense of intimidation many people have about art, and use that creative space to explore life, culture and issues of our day.
This film is for everyone who loves art – artists and non-artists alike – and those who are simply curious about creativity and living an artful life.
Serena Kovalosky, Artful Vagabond Productions
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IN SEARCH OF MAGICAL WATERS
Founder & Producer, Artful Vagabond Productions
Producer, Director and Writer for Magical Waters
Serena Kovalosky spent 18 years in the travel industry before trading her well-worn suitcases for an artist’s loft in Montreal to become a professional sculptor.
She returned to the U.S., bringing her project management talents and skills to the art world – curating, producing and marketing art exhibitions and cultural projects. She co-founded a juried biennial that has brought well over a quarter of a million dollars in art revenue and tourism to rural upstate New York.
Serena Kovalosky originally founded Artful Vagabond in 2009 as an art and travel blog and has interviewed hundreds of artists from around the world, including pop culture icon Angie Bowie.
In the film world, Kovalosky has worked on the film crew of Life on the Run, an innovative independent film created and directed by Roger Wyatt that asks the question, “Why Do Art?” where she filmed celebrity comedian Dion Flynn and other behind-the-scenes footage.
Kovalosky has appeared in front of the camera on BBC Television’s travel program, Holiday, Canada’s Life Channel (TV), Quebec’s Canal Vie (TV) and numerous public access productions.
Debra A. Pearlman
Consulting Producer for Magical Waters
Debra A. Pearlman is an award-winning producer with over 30 years of experience producing, directing and editing film and television projects. She has worked with all the major networks and many cable and international broadcasters, including National Geographic, A&E, Discovery Channel, Natural History New Zealand, NHK Japan and the BBC.
Her production company is based in Baltimore, Maryland where she just completed working on a live, streaming broadcast for Discovery multiplatform content and live TV.
Debra Pearlman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production to the Magical Waters project.
Tracy Nichole Cring
Editor for Magical Waters
Award-winning editor Tracy Nichole Cring brings 20 years of experience to the Magical Waters project. She’s edited 40 films, documentaries and television series throughout her career, including The Neighborhood That Disappeared which premiered on PBS to record-breaking fundraising and audience viewership and the award-winning Danseur, a documentary about professional male dancers and bullying which was featured on NBC Nightly News.
One of her current projects is John Holser’s Who Killed Hazel Drew? a documentary based on the unsolved murder mystery that had inspired the 90s hit television series, Twin Peaks.
Tracy Cring’s investigative mind and editing skills combine with her talent for “mothering” projects to their greatest potential. She is looking forward to bringing her talents and storytelling expertise to the Magical Waters project.
Editor for Magical Waters
Hannah DeGarmo is a freelance filmmaker in Manhattan who brings her expertise in art and art history to the Magical Waters editing team. Her recent film credits include three mini documentary series on arts and culture in upstate New York produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library: From the Archives, Lake George on the Water (produced as the local component of an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution) and Battenkill Inspired (supported by Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership) where she interviewed and filmed a dozen visual artists for the series. She is currently working on a documentary art film about environmental conservation in Puerto Rico.
Hannah DeGarmo’s talent and passion for storytelling are inspired by details of the everyday, painstakingly enhanced and admired on museum walls and wound into surface of our familiar lives as she strives to share the brilliance of those bits and pieces through her work.
Kenneth Cooper Films
Lead Camera, Cinematography and Audio for Magical Waters
Kenny Hopkins has been involved in various aspects of video production for over 10 years. He currently owns Kenneth Cooper Films, a wedding and event cinematography company based in New York. He regularly travels worldwide to produce wedding films, business retreat films and commercial work for large and small-scale companies.
Kenny Hopkins brings his unique and artful imagery and talent for visual storytelling to the Artful Vagabond Productions project. His philosophy is simple: create a beautiful story.
Lighting, Set Manager, Camera and Still Photography for Magical Waters
Jim McLaughlin is well-known throughout upstate New York as a professional photographer. For over 30 years he has made people, places and products look great, from fine art at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls to sports celebrities Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan at the World Figure Skating Tour.
Jim McLaughlin brings his exceptional talent for composition, lighting and creative filming to the Magical Waters film project, as well as exploring unconventional shots and assisting in directing the on-camera talent. He also photographed behind-the-scenes stills and promotional shots for the film’s publicity.
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