IF THE UNION OF SEVERAL MINDS CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, THE GROUPS WE HAVE MET FOR THE MARCH ISSUE ARE AN EXAMPLE OF IT THAT IS ENTIRELY POSITIVE. COLLABORATION AND A COMBINATION OF IDEAS AND CHARACTERS HAVE GIVEN LIFE TO A NETWORK OF MILANESE ENTERPRISES AND PUBLISHING AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPANIES THAT PROMOTE MUSIC, EVENTS AND CULTURE, PASSION AND EXPERTISE.
WE WILL INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU ONE AT A TIME WITH THE IDEA THAT IF YOU KNOW MILAN YOU CANNOT FAIL TO HAVE HEARD THEM TALKED ABOUT AT LEAST ONCE.
LUCA MERLI, MATTEO FERRARI, GIOVANNI BARBERIS, ALE PONZANELLI AND FILIPPO MAFFEI ARE THE COLLECTIVE ONDE NOSTRE, FOUNDED IN 2010. THE PASSION FOR SURFING BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER, THUS COMBINING THE ROLES OF SURFERS, FILM-MAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CULTURAL COMMENTATORS IN ONE PASSIONATE CREW.
Who are you and how did your company start? What, specifically, do you deal with?
ONDE NOSTRE is a collective of surfers, film-makers, photographers and cultural commentators dedicated to recounting the spirit of Italian surfing.
ONDE NOSTRE started as a film in 2010 from the collaboration between Luca Merli (director/film-maker) and Matteo Errari (photographer/ film-maker), both keen surfers. It was produced by Block10. Subsequently the crew were joined by Giovanni Barberis (film-maker, surfer).
ONDE NOSTRE became a cult movie of the Italian surfing scene and was selected at numerous International festivals. Subsequently, we also produced and released a series of short films about surfers, shapers and artists connected to the surf culture, called RITRATTI DI SURF. It was followed by the award-winning, 50 minute documentary about the history and current state of Italian surfing: PENINSULA.
Are there crews that have inspired you?
We are inspired by the movement of artists/surfers/ skaters and musicians currently producing in California
What advice would you give to anyone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
I would probably advise them to follow their passion, as you would expect, but it has never been more important than it is now to do what you feel closest to, even at the cost of making sacrifices and giving up things.
Do you have a motto?
“No matter how much you feed the wolf, he keeps looking at the forest.”