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BREAKFAST WITH: TAO RUSPOLI

HOST: TAO RUSPOLI
DIRECTOR: GRACIE OTTO
PRODUCERS: GRACIE OTTO AND CRAIG DEEKER
CAMERA 1: GRACIE OTTO
CAMERA 2: JESS CARRERA
POST PRODUCTION: THE GINGERBREAD MAN
EDITOR: WALTER RATCLIFFE
EDITOR: LUCY EDMONT
SOUND DESIGN: LAWRENCE HORNE
TITLE DESIGN: STEPHANIE HUXLEY

Tao Ruspoli is an Italian-American documentary filmmaker and photographer whose father, Alessandro Ruspoli, was an actor and the 9th Prince of Cerveteri, Italy. Tao’s films have screened at Slamdance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival and more. Tao is a successful musician specializing in flamenco guitar, he also founded the Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative (LAFCO). Tao lives in  Joshua Tree and founded the Bombay Beach Biennale, a three-day ‘fully emmersive art movement’ situated on the shores of the Salton Sea. His most recent film Monogamish (2017) explores the nuances of monogamy, and how certain modern couples identify more as ‘monogamish’.

Gracie and Jess visit Tao at his family’s castle in Vignanello, Italy. The Ruspoli family were gifted the castle in roughly 1531. Gracie’s ghost hunting skills are put to the test as she explores its corridors and dungeon and converses with the generations of Ruspoli portraits.