Born in Rome and educated in the United States, Ms. Miniucchi has apprenticed in both the Italian and the American filmmaking systems. Ms. Miniucchi has worked with directors such as Federico Fellini, Lina Wertmuller, the Taviani Brothers and in the United States she has apprenticed at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios.
Cecilia is currently in development with two feature films, ROME BY NIGHT, which she has written and will also direct, starring Radha Mitchell and Danny Huston. A romantic/chase/love story set in beautiful Rome, produced by Fred Roos and Jeffrey Coulter, and DREAM ON, a coming-of-age story, set in LA, written by April Tausick, with Illeana Douglas, in the female leading role, still casting and which she will direct.
Cecilia is also working her way into the impenetrable world of Television with a few TV Series she has created. One is based on her feature film EXPIRED, the other is called “LIFE IN A SUITCASE”, which has been optioned, and a brand new one called LET’S GET MARRIED, written with a young writer named Joelle Cornett, and which is ready to be pitched through UTA.
Her feature film “Expired” stars Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr and Illeana Douglas. A passionate love story between two traffic parking officers, produced by Fred Roos and Jeffrey Coulter, “Expired” was an official selection at Sundance and Cannes, received critical acclaim and secured US and foreign theatrical and DVD distribution. It is actually still showing on Showtime and available on demand and Netflix, Amazon, etc.
Cecilia’s first film, “Normality” premiered at major international festivals, and received several awards, securing representation at ICM. Her film “Cluck” attracted actors such as Harvey Keitel, Judy Davis, Matthew McConaughey and Jeremy Piven. Her script “Pluck”, in development, has Radha Mitchell, Harvey Keitel, Leslie Ann Warren, Valeria Golino, Illeana Douglas and Danny Huston attached.
Director of EMI’s best selling “Selena Remembered” a film on the assassinated Texan music star Selena, Ms. Miniucchi has also directed several documentaries on film directors such as Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, the indie NY scene in the late 80s of John Sales and Susan Seidelman, and documentaries on the arts such as NITSCH 98’, about acktionart, premiered at MOCA, and on music such as MUSICAL RAINBOW on minimalist contemporary classical music with Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Pete Townsend, John Cale of Velvet Underground.
Cecilia has also directed many music videos for pop stars such as Gloria Estephan, White Zombie, Placido Domingo, Ricky Martin, Devo, Marc Anthony, Andy Summers of the Police. Her first music video American Martyrs’s “President” won her an MTV award.
Ms. Miniucchi has also published short stories and poetry and has translated and published Samuel Beckett, Native American Poetry and Irish and contemporary American poets. As an artist she has had several photography and art videos exhibitions in the US, in Los Angeles, and in Europe, in Holland, Italy and Berlin. She has studied at Harvard, Oxford and the AFI(American Film Institute).