When we think of Italian men, we think of suave, debonair lovers with an endless slew of willing ladies at their beck and call. Domenico Nesci is not one of those Italian men. Rather, he is a foreigner with a very common problem: he just can't connect with members of the opposite sex. Why? Because everywhere he goes, women are buried in their smart-phones, their tablets, their laptops, looking down instead of looking around, hoping that technology will bring them closer to their soulmate in this new era of interconnectivity. So Domenico decides not only to join the online masses, but to document his journey as he joins every dating site he can, from mainstream to fringe, casting an ever-widening net in the hopes he can find the love of his life.

THE LONELY ITALIAN is a hybrid Documentary/Narrative comedy about the world of online dating. The dates our main character goes on are real, with a scripted story providing the framework. We filmed the documentary portion first on a shoestring budget, following our main character for the better part of a year as he joined every online dating website under the sun. Months were spent editing the dates and crafting a story that would combine the documentary and scripted elements into a cohesive whole. The documentary portion was self-financed and the scripted portion was paid for via an aggressive and successful Kickstarter campaign. It was a unique process for what became a unique, funny and extremely timely film.