Author(s): Isabella Rossellini
When Isabella Rossellini and The Sundance Channel set out to make a series of short films for the internet about the sex lives of animals, they had no idea what was in store. The overwhelming success of the shorts led Sundance to commission a second "Green Porno" series which is to focus on marine animals: shrimp, squid seals etc. (The first series focused primarily on insects). Provocative, hilarious, and truly one of a kind, "Green Porno" is a great gift - for readers of Michael Pollan and fans of independent film alike. Isabella has committed to promoting the book at the time of publication.
Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. At the age of 19, she moved to New York, where she became a translator and later a reporter for RAI-Italian Television. Her popular segments led to appearances as the New York correspondent for the weekly Italian comedy show The Other Sunday, with Roberto Benigni. At the age of 28, Rossellini began a modeling career when she was photographed by Bruce Weber for British Vogue. Isabella made her cinematic debut in 1979 in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Il Prato (The Meadow). Her American film debut was in David Lynch's haunting and controversial Blue Velvet. She was last seen starring in the short film directed by Guy Maddin, My Dad is 100 Years Old. She is the daughter of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. Isabella wrote, directed and stars in a series of shorts called Green Porno about the reproducing habits of various bugs and insects. The shorts are a comical, but insightful study of the curious ways certain bugs "make love" featuring Isabella in colourful, vibrant costumes. She is very involved in Wildlife Conservation. Jody Shapiro is a filmmaker and photographer whose work has been featured in various festivals, galleries and publications around the world. Jody was the producer and director of photography on Guy Maddin's feature length documentary, My Winnipeg, winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Other projects with Maddin include The Saddest Music in the World, starring Mark McKinney and Isabella Rossellini, Sissy Boy Slap Party, The Nude Caboose, and Brand Upon the Brain! As a filmmaker, Jody's collaboration with Isabella Rossellini has continued with the Sundance Channel's series of short films entitled, Green Porno. Specifically created for the internet, the Green Pornos (directed by Jody and Isabella Rossellini, produced by Jody, Isabella, and Rick Gilbert, written by Isabella Rossellini) have had over two-million views on the Sundance Channel website, along with screenings at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2008.