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Synopsis: A life-affirming episodic documentary in which four elders each describe a traumatic event in their youth from which they never thought they’d recover – only to find that experience meaningful in later life.



Run Time

30 minutes

Directed by

Vito Roppo

Director's Statement

It is more important than ever for artists to create works that underline our shared humanity. ‘From a Dark Place’ is the passing of hard earned wisdom in an unconventional way. Vivid, immediate recollections of these elders’ harrowing personal life tragedies and how they not only overcame them but thrived afterward gives an authenticity to their message of hope that transcends any well-intentioned advice.

Director's Bio

Award winning writer/director/actor Vito Roppo majored in theater as an undergrad before eventually earning his master’s degree in Italian from a Big Ten university. Later he broadened his interests from the stage to include screenwriting and direction and graduated film school in Los Angeles. He has won consecutive high profile industry screenwriting awards in addition to directing award winning documentary.

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