Paola di Florio Biography

An independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Paola di Florio set up her own production banner Counterpoint Films in 1996. She recently produced the TV series Directors on Directors (featuring unique portraits of Hollywood’s most celebrated auteurs, including Sydney Pollack, Robert Altman, Michael Mann, and others) for Telepiu/Canal Plus and directed and produced her first feature-length documentary SPEAKING IN STRINGS. Paola’s film SPEAKING IN STRINGS spotlights one of the world’s most controversial and charismatic violinists, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, in a pivotal year of her life. It premiered in competition at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and picked up several other festival awards, including the Jury Prize at the 1999 Newport Film Festival and Best Documentary at Paramount Studio’s WIN Femme Film Festival. All of which culminated in an Academy Award nomination in 2000. SPEAKING IN STRINGS was theatrically released in 22 cities and aired nationally on HBO.