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Sam Genocchio Memorial Page

Sam Genocchio was the first Artistic Coordinator for Short+Sweet. With out his effort and contributions Short+Sweet would never have got off the ground. We dedicate this page in memory of his achievements and his family who have continued to support us.


Sam Genocchio 1967 -2010


Born in Melbourne on August 11, 1967 and raised in Lane Cove, Sydney, Sam Genocchio was drawn to film from his early 20s and began writing television drama in the mid-90s for the iconic Australian soap opera Neighbours. Genocchio’s love for the arts reached many facets of film and writing, having freelanced for virtually the entire spectrum of the entertainment business – from director, writer, producer, and even features journalist – while working in film, television, live theatre and events. As the Australian agent for The Flying Cam, Sam Genocchio worked in production on Mission Impossible 2 and Moulin Rouge. He made his debut feature film Get Rich Quick, which was released in 2004 and awarded ‘Most Gratuitous Violence Award’ at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival that year. “He had a wonderful Aussie ratbag sense of humour and that shone through in Get Rich Quick,” said independent film releasing strategist Paul Brennan, who worked with Genocchio on the film, describing it as having a “[Quentin] Tarantino derivative”. “The filmmaking energy was there. The film was about manic behaviour, manic violence, very comic book, real ratbag behaviour.” In December 2008, he completed his second feature film as writer/producer/director on Bad Bush, a psychological thriller that was shot in just 12 days.

Sam Genocchio was also the first artistic coordinator of Short and Sweetthe largest short-play festival in the world – and was the Sydney Fringe Festival coordinator for two years. Mark Cleary (Festival founder and artistic director) noted that Short and Sweet began with very humble beginnings back in 2002, and Sam Genocchio was “right at the helm, driving the festival, the energy, the enthusiasm… we couldn’t have done it without him – his involvement was crucial.” Mark Cleary recalled a particularly fond memory he has of the filmmaker with his involvement in the 2004 musical Naked Boys Singing ,acting as the co-producer and production manager at the Valhalla. “Sam was able to work in any environment! He was nonplussed, un-phased with such a wacky show.” Sam Genocchio had maintained close involvement with the company since as a writer and director and was set to direct a play in the following year. "

The festival has named the ‘Director’s Award’ in memory of the father of one and his dedication to the company and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Genocchio family for the past 3 years have donated $5000 for each festival to be given to winner of this award to help them further o their journies into the world of directing. Tom Richards was the winner for 2014 Sydney Theatre Season and we look forward to keeping you updated with all these gracious winners and their future works.

The 43-year-old’s life came to a sad end after he was struck by a car on September 11 2010 on Bondi Road, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The eldest son of four boys and father to son Max (who has shown a great flair for acting), Sam Genocchio enjoyed a 20-year love affair with the arts. Close friend Mark Cleary said he left behind a “indelible impression on the Sydney film industry”. “He had a wonderfully-varied career across all sides of the business and he had a great deal of vision and a lot of heart,” an emotional Mark Cleary told INSIDEFILM.

Excerts By Charlotte Willis: http://if.com.au/2010/09/20/article/RKKJQIXGCP.html