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November 13, 2015 by Ulkar Alakbarova

Interview: Alberto Diamante and The Bookstore

It always great challenge for indie filmmaker to come up not only with a good story for new film, but also to find a financial support. But in the end, the only thing the viewer gets is not the struggle the filmmaker had on his way to make his dream come true, but the ready project, and perhaps, a beautiful and memorable film. Alberto Diamante`s THE BOOKSTORE promises to be one of those films that will leave satisfied everyone: it has an interesting plot, well-written script with some great dialogues. After all, we all like to watch a film that makes us feel smarter.  THE BOOKSTORE tells the story of George D`Amico, a cranky shopkeeper, who, through helping a teenager win over a girl`s heart, finds inspiration to resolve his own professional and romantic comical look at the relationship between love and literature.

MOVIEMOVESME.COM is pleased to presents the interview with Alberto Diamante who gladly shares his upcoming  project with you.

MOVIEMOVESME: Can you talk about the movie and its plot?

Alberto Diamante: I play George, a crusty bookstore manager, who helps a teenager, Bryan, win the girl of his dreams using poetry, literature and knowledge of Italian. Meanwhile, Bryan teaches me to be a nicer person.  The key to the story is George teaching Bryan about Romanticism. Some of the greatest lovers in the world were Italian: Casanova, Rodolfo Valentino, Flavio Briatore. The most famous lovers in history are Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare set thirteen of his plays in Italy. Why? Because Italy is the country of love. That’s what I impart to Bryan, as I help him appreciate literature more. In turn, Bryan teaches my character to be less cynical and more optimistic.

MOVIEMOVESME: There are many films out there and it’s hard to convince the viewers to watch all of them. What is it that you believe The Bookstore has something that those forgettable movies do not have?

Alberto Diamante: Well, first of all, this is the only script ever turned down by Nicolas Cage. That alone should make audiences curious about what this ragtag bunch of prodigies are doing. Also, it’s the only film that will literally make you seem smarter. Basically, I have read about a thousand books so you don’t have to. All you have to do is watch this film and you will appear to be about 35% smarter. Just quote lines from this film and people will assume that you are the most cultured person they’ve ever met.

On a serious note, the film is a labour of love for all of us. The script is already getting accolades, having finished in the top 3 scripts for the month of July 2015 on Francis Ford Coppola’s filmmakers’ website, Zoetrope. It’s a hilarious script, full of humour, pathos and awesome conversations.

MOVIEMOVESME: You have an interesting and quite young cast. Can you talk about them?

Alberto Diamante: My main actors are absolutely spellbindingly talented. Sharon Belle, who plays my girlfriend, is one of the co-stars of Carmilla, a web series that has totaled over 20 million hits on YouTube. Incidentally, she is 6’1” and has a black belt in karate, so she will help us out with security, as well. Andre Colquhoun is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer and musician. He has starred in such theatrical productions as Willy Wonka and Beauty and the Beast. Alexandre Bourgeois has also starred in several plays and films. He has studied under some of the most prestigious acting coaches in Toronto. Madison Claringbold is a musical freak. She has starred or co-starred in many musicals, including Shrek and The Jungle Book. She, too, is an accomplished singer and dancer.

MOVIEMOVESME: You have launched an Indiegogo campaign for “The Bookstore”. What will happen with project if you won’t be able to reach the goal with Indiegogo?

Alberto Diamante: I have back up plans: I can build my own casino. They say those things are made of money. People bet, lose, then bet again. Mysteriously, the fact that guests keep losing doesn’t seem to deter them. They keep coming back and give you more. Alternatively, I can work in a toll booth. I hear people drive by and just give you money for no reason. The only job requirement, I suppose, is to have two inter-connected butt cheeks.

But seriously, the film will be made regardless. We are building a momentum and are approaching private investors aside from our Indiegogo efforts.






November 3, 2015 by Laura Spano

“The bookstore” needs you! Contribute now and help make it happen

A brand news from Canada about cinema!

The award-winning director and producer Alberto Diamante and Galen Brown, together with Knight f1 Films, have launched a crowdfunding campaign with various ” rewards ” for those who want to participate in the creation of a genuine cult film,“The Bookstore”.
The campaign, which will last 30 days, aims to raise $ 100,000 to finance the production of the film which will start shooting in January 2016. The campaign Indiegogo of ” The Bookstore ” will be active until November 17, 2015. Anyone can contribute by clicking here

“The Bookstore” is about a crabby bookstore owner (George) who tries to deal with his failing business, his girlfriend Susan’s excessive expectations and helping a teenager (Bryan) woo the girl of his dreams (Lisa).

The Bookstore is a story for people who want smart, fun, romantic adventures.

With your contribution, The Bookstore can become a cult classic and a benchmark for future indie films. You can literally help them make history!

In addition to Diamante, the film has a great cast of young Canadians, including : Sharon Belle, co -star of the web series ” Carmilla ” , which has gained immense popularity in the network, with over 20 million hits on YouTube, as well as Andre Colquhoun, Madison Claringbold and Alexandre Bourgeois, three excellent actors who are already making itself heard in the field of theater and music .

Here the cast!

Alberto Diamante is an award winning director and screenwriter. His writings were among the top 10 in many prestigious festivals like The VisionFest Screenplay Competition ( semi – finalist ), the World Series of Screenwriting ( Finalist ), the New York screenplay Contest ( Finalist ) and the Beverly Hills Film Festival screenwriting competition ( finalist ), to name a few. His film ” Ulysses ” won the award for best picture at the Art Film Festival in Bergamo.
The screenplay for ” The Bookstore ” was in the Top 10 for the month of July 2015 in the site ” ” of the famous Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola.

Sharon Belle is the co-star of the web series ” Carmilla ” , which totaled over 20 million views on YouTube. ” Carmilla ” won the award for Favorite Web Series 2014 AfterEllen Visibility Awards; she was nominated for Favorite webshow 2015 Shorty Awards and for Best Drama 2015 Streamy Awards. Sharon is also the actress of the next series ” Couple-ish ” , which has had tremendous success using crowdfunding.

Madison Claringbold has assembled an impressive resume as a musical interpreter, having starred for prestigious productions such as Summerland The Musical ( Toronto Fringe Festival ), Shrek : The Musical, Seven Stories, Kipling The Jungle Book – The Musical , Back to the 80 ‘s and Musicals High school musical.

Andre Colquhoun has played leading roles in films such as Ursus Tender, Farewell Trevor , just to name a few. Graduated from the Humber College, Andre has also starred in theater productions like What the heart wants, Annie , Willy Wonka ( as the main character ), Beauty and the Beast and Just So. Andre is a skilled singer, musician and dancer.

Alexandre Bourgeois has starred in film and television productions as “Producers Meeting” , ” Sitting with Nokes ” and ” A Wedding Crashed ” . Graduated from the Toronto acting for Film and Television , Alexandre studied under some of the most renowned acting teachers in Toronto , as Catherine McNally at the prestigious acting Armstrong Studios , Andrej Acin , Russell Ferrier , Suzanne Coy and Vladimir Bondarenko.

” The Bookstore ” is the third feature film by Alberto Diamond. His first, ” Ulysses ” (2006 ), won the award for ” Best Film” at the International Film Festival of Art in Bergamo conferred by the Youth Jury . His second feature , ” Love and other reasons to panic” (2007 ) is currently available on several platforms , including iTunes , Google Play , and

Before reading the bookstore

The screenplay of Diamante ” Skin” is currently in pre – production, after being in the Top 10 of various prestigious international festivals, including : the Honolulu Film Awards, the VisionFest Screenplay Competition, the World Series of Screenwriting, and the New York Screenplay Contest plus the Beverly Hills Film Festival, to name just a few.

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Let’s give space to new Italian and overseas talents, personally I can not wait to see the full movie!
A film about love and literature is just what we need in these times.

A big good luck to Alberto and the whole cast from whatstrendy!