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03/30/2020
Marionette Land

NEW DOCUMENTARY
I've been shooting my second feature length documentary Marionette Land since last summer. Here is the trailer for the film. Please check it out and share it if you can 🎥🎬
www.marionetteland.com

"Marionette Land" official trailer
Get your first look into the feature length documentary about Robert Brock and his magical marionette theatre. "Marionette Land" is a spectacular journey into the unique life and creative process of a man who lives above his own puppet theatre. Filled with humor, wonder, drama, and a little bit of that Robert Brock charm, "Marionette Land" is a motion picture for the ages!
www.marionetteland.com

12/12/2019
WVIA

My latest short documentary... I was hired by WVIA to produce a film for their "Short Takes" series and was lucky to discover Back Breakers Ent., a wrestling promotion in Archbald, PA.

In this episode of #VIAShortTakes, go behind the scenes of Back Breakers Ent. professional wrestling school in Archbald and meet the eclectic men and women pursuing their pro wrestling dreams.

10/16/2019
Jessica Rothchild

Check out my latest video for Jessica Rothchild's campaign for Scranton City Council 🎥

It’s time for #Scranton to have a new voice and a new vision on City Council. I am proud to share this video with you and want to thank all who helped make it possible. Remember to vote for Jessica Rothchild on November 5th! Contribute to the campaign at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jessicaforscranton.

Filming a documentary for WVIA about a local wrestling promotion in Archbald, PA. That’s a genuine little kid smile on m...
07/06/2019

Filming a documentary for WVIA about a local wrestling promotion in Archbald, PA. That’s a genuine little kid smile on my face. I might take a few bumps in my classic cargo shorts, who knows..

06/13/2019
Franklin & Marshall College

This short documentary I produced for Franklin & Marshall College just won a national award from CASE, which takes submissions from schools all over the country. I wanted to tell Will's story for a long time and showcase the inspiring work his non-profit Bench Mark Program is doing in Lancaster City. I'm glad other people are learning about his efforts and thank you to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for the recognition.

F&M alumnus Will Kiefer is making a real difference in the Lancaster community with Bench Mark Program. See his inspiring story in our latest documentary by Al Monelli/F&M video production manager & video producer. #wearefandm #truebluefandm

04/19/2019
Franklin & Marshall College

My latest documentary for F&M. Mary Haverstick is a woman who carved her own path in filmmaking and in life. I’m glad I got to know her and absorb her Yoda-like wisdom in film. This is one of my all time favorite pieces I’ve created for F&M...

"Geology has everything to do with filmmaking. You're excavating a story."

From studying rocks in college to her time behind the lens, Franklin & Marshall alumna Mary Haverstick has made uncovering personal stories her life's pursuit. Find out what brought her to now as she recounts her own story.

(Video produced by Alexander Monelli/F&M video producer)

04/02/2019
Erika for Philly

I had the opportunity to produce this short documentary for Erika Almirón and her campaign for Philadelphia City Council at Large. Erika for Philly
Thanks to Musicbed and David A. Molina for the music.

THIS TUESDAY May 21st. Push button #68 and vote for me Erika Almirón for Philadelphia City Council At Large.

#FIGHTINGFORALLOFUS #ERIKA4PHILLY

Find your polling place here-> https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

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02/20/2019

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My feature documentary “At The Drive-in" will finally be released on DVD and iTunes on April 9th! MVD Entertainment will...
01/15/2019

My feature documentary “At The Drive-in" will finally be released on DVD and iTunes on April 9th! MVD Entertainment will release the documentary about The Mahoning Drive-In Theater and will include over 17 minutes of deleted scenes, multiple commentary tracks, and a Q&A recorded after one of our Alamo Drafthouse screenings. You can pre-order a DVD on Amazon now.

APRIL 9
"At The Drive-in" will finally be released on DVD and iTunes on April 9th! MVD Entertainment will release the documentary about The Mahoning Drive-In Theater and will include over 17 minutes of deleted scenes, multiple commentary tracks, and a Q&A recorded after one of our Alamo Drafthouse screenings. You can pre-order a DVD on Amazon now. "You haven't seen anything, until you've seen EVERYTHING!" (that's from one of the Star Wars Special Edition trailers)

12/31/2018
Lancaster Documentaries

My latest documentary... 📼🎥

#7 - VIDEO STORE MILLIONAIRE
The seventh Lancaster Documentary is here! "Video Store Millionaire" is about the last video store in all of Lancaster County, which just closed for good in 2018. The documentary follows the Stalter family as they cope with leaving the video rental business after 35 years in Lancaster. Please SHARE this film and support Lancaster Documentaries (and the few remaining video stores).

09/28/2018
Alumni Documentary: Will Kiefer ’14

My latest documentary for F&M. Will Kiefer is proof that you don't need to wait around to make an impact in this world. You can make it happen now. Will created a nonprofit during his senior year (2014) in college to support and build the confidence of at risk teenagers in Lancaster City. It's now his full-time career. Go check out their page: Bench Mark Program

As a student at F&M, Will Kiefer founded a nonprofit that has grown into a career after graduating. "Bench Mark Program" supports at risk teenagers in Lancas...

09/18/2018
Jess King for Congress

I had the opportunity to create another video for Jess King for Congress. Check it out and share (especially if you live in Lancaster/York counties)

What I hear again and again from voters - Republicans, Democrats, and independents - is that people have had enough of politicians who refuse to stand up to wealthy special interests in D.C.

Folks here know how to build an economy that works for all of us. But we need leaders who are accountable to us, and who are going to put us and our families first.

That’s why I decided to run. On November 6th, we have a chance to elect a leader who will represent all of us, no matter who we are. I hope you’ll share this video with your friends and family. Thank you.

Photo by Melissa Hess
08/31/2018

Photo by Melissa Hess

The Jess King sequel is in production... And yes, I got down and strategically posed my camera with a Jess King for Cong...
08/30/2018

The Jess King sequel is in production... And yes, I got down and strategically posed my camera with a Jess King for Congress yard sign to make a cool instagram post....

08/30/2018
Franklin & Marshall College

My latest piece for F&M...

The Franklin & Marshall College community welcomes and celebrates the Class of 2022!

(Video produced by Alexander Monelli, F&M video producer and video production manager)

I will be sharing my secrets, tips, and tricks about filmmaking next weekend at HippoCamp, a conference for creative non...
08/15/2018
Alexander Monelli

I will be sharing my secrets, tips, and tricks about filmmaking next weekend at HippoCamp, a conference for creative nonfiction writers. My presentation is all about how documentary filmmaking can inspire your nonfiction writing. The conference is almost full to capacity so sign up now (my session is Sunday, August 26, at 9:45am). The entire conference is August 24-26 in Lancaster: https://hippocamp2018.hippocampusmagazine.com/speakers/alexander-monelli/

Alexander Monelli is a documentary filmmaker who brings a unique, intimate style to his films. He is currently traveling to film festivals with his latest award winning documentary, “At The D…

08/08/2018
Danny + Katelyn Wedding Film

Back in May I had the honor of capturing Danny and Katelyn's wedding at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Check out their wedding film below. Thanks to Mark Till for helping with the shoot (And if you grew up watching Nickelodeon, you might recognize a few familiar faces).

My next short documentary is coming soon. "Video Store Millionaire" tells the story of California Video, the last remain...
07/19/2018

My next short documentary is coming soon. "Video Store Millionaire" tells the story of California Video, the last remaining video store in all of Lancaster County. Stay tuned for the teaser trailer.

The 7th Lancaster Documentary is coming soon to home video (well, sort of). "Video Store Millionaire" tells the story of California Video, the last remaining video store in all of Lancaster County. Stay tuned for a teaser trailer.

My feature length film At The Drive-In Documentary will be airing on WVIA this August! The film has been screening all o...
07/10/2018

My feature length film At The Drive-In Documentary will be airing on WVIA this August! The film has been screening all over the country since October and I'm excited to bring it home. The documentary is about The Mahoning Drive-In Theater, which is located in Lehighton, and their struggle to remain open with only vintage film prints and working entirely for free. Check it out on Thursday, August 2nd, at 7:30pm.

"At The Drive-in" will make its broadcast premiere on WVIA! If you live in the Northeast Pennsylvania viewing area, you will be able to see "At The Drive-in" on your local PBS station. The story of The Mahoning Drive-In Theater will be coming to your living rooms on Thursday, August 2nd, at 7:30pm. I've always loved WVIA's commitment to documentaries and the arts over the years and am very excited to have this film broadcasted by a place I respect. Keep your eyes out for a commercial currently airing on WVIA.

06/21/2018
Jess King for Congress

Proud to have produced this short documentary about Jess King and her campaign for congress. We wanted it to feel more like a film than a traditional political ad. Jess has a great message and if you live in the Lancaster or York area then consider Jess King for Congress this November.

A year ago, I took a big risk.

I decided that we deserve a representative who isn't bought and sold by wealthy special interests in Washington D.C. I decided I was tired of seeing my neighbors work their hearts out, only to fall further behind. I decided to run for Congress.

A year later, we’ve built a movement here in South Central PA. And we’ve got a chance to bring our vision of an America that works for all of us to Congress. An America where we pass Medicare-for-all and guarantee health care as a right. An America where every person can get a good job that pays enough to support a family. An America where corporate lobbyists can’t rig our democracy with big money.

Our movement has grown because all of us have pitched in, knocked on doors, and spread the word. But to win this race, we’ve still got to bring thousands more people into our movement.

Share this video and invite your friends to join us.
Let’s go to Congress and build an America for all of us.
jesskingforcongress.com

Creative Writers and StorytellersThis August I will be speaking at the super cool HippoCamp, a conference for creative n...
05/15/2018
Speaker and Session Preview: Alexander Monelli

Creative Writers and Storytellers
This August I will be speaking at the super cool HippoCamp, a conference for creative nonfiction writers, created by the Hippocampus Magazine and Books. My session is about how documentary filmmaking can help inspire your creative nonfiction writing. You will learn many of my filmmaking "tricks" and beliefs, which can translate into your writing as well. Tomorrow is the last day for a reduced early-bird rate for the conference. It's going to be held at the Lancaster Marriott August 24-26. Hope to see you there. #HippoCamp18
http://hippocamp2018.hippocampusmagazine.com/speaker-and-session-preview-alexander-monelli/

A first-time HippoCamp attendee and speaker, Alexander Monelli will present a session entitled, “Call The Doc: How Documentary Filmmaking Can Help Creative Writing.” In the meantime, we asked this …

Filming a video for Jess King for Congress, which was just endorsed by Bernie Sanders today. I was sitting next to her w...
04/27/2018

Filming a video for Jess King for Congress, which was just endorsed by Bernie Sanders today. I was sitting next to her when he called to let her know. And yes, I’m repping At The Drive-In Documentary under my Patrick Bateman-esque outfit.

12/11/2017
Lancaster Documentaries

The latest short documentary from my Lancaster Documentaries series. Cat is more than just a boxer. Check out her unique story here:

The 6th Lancaster Documentary: "THE FIGHT"
The Fight is about a woman who fights. She's also a boxer.
I wanted to tell a different story this time around about a person who doesn't need society's permission to do what they want. This is a portrait of a woman. This is Cat.
**Make sure you watch in HD**
Special Thanks to JINJI Boxing Club in Lancaster.
PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE THE FILM TO SUPPORT LANCASTER DOCUMENTARIES.

11/21/2017
Natalie & Alexis Wedding Film

Natalie & Alexis Wedding Film
I had a great time shooting at John Wright Restaurant for Alexis and Natalie's wedding. These two were super cool to hang out with all day. Enjoy their awesome story and please share the film.

I was asked by the folks at Libris, along with many other creative professionals, to come up with some filmmaking wisdom...
10/27/2017
Libris by PhotoShelter

I was asked by the folks at Libris, along with many other creative professionals, to come up with some filmmaking wisdom in regards to visual storytelling. You can read my response in the article below.

Your audiences are inundated with content, and visual storytelling is the best way to cut through the noise. Don't miss these tips from 23 visual storytelling experts from The Coca-Cola Company, Red Bull Media House, Buzzfeed, Entrepreneur Magazine and more!

10/02/2017
Blythe & Nick Wedding Film

Blythe & Nick Wedding Film
Last month I got to capture the wedding of Blythe and Nick at Friedman Farms. Here is their wedding story.
Special thanks: Studio RD & Co., Julie Jordan Photography, Michael Basta.
https://vimeo.com/236412143

9.9.17 Friedman Farms

09/03/2017
Franklin & Marshall College

I was happy to tell the story of the incoming class of Franklin & Marshall College. Congratulations and welcome to F&M, Class of 2021.
#FANDM2021

"Each of you sitting in these chairs brings with you a life history...and the coming years here, in this place, will soon add to that history — in ways you might predict already and in ways you can't yet know." — F&M senior Greg Fullam addressing #fandm2021 at yesterday's Convocation ceremony
(Video Produced by Alexander Monelli, F&M Video Producer and Video Production Manager)

5 YEARS AT F&MAugust 20th marked 5 years since I started working full time for Franklin & Marshall College as their vide...
08/28/2017
5 Years

5 YEARS AT F&M
August 20th marked 5 years since I started working full time for Franklin & Marshall College as their video producer and video production manager. I decided to write a blog post sharing my top 10 personal favorite videos I've produced there to celebrate this average achievement. Enjoy.
http://www.monellifilms.com/5-years

August 20, 2017 marks exactly 5 years to the day since I started working full-time as the first ever video producer at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA (my role has now expanded to video...

08/16/2017
Tara + David Wedding Film

New Wedding Film: Tara + David
Last month I got to film Tara and David's wedding at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Enjoy their story below. Thanks to Maria Bonacuse, MakeUp Artist, Jeff Dietz Photography, Jennifer Rushton, and Michael Basta for their collaboration.
https://vimeo.com/229735263

7.15.17

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Mr. Monelli, this is Kevin Cole, an owner of Cap City Video Lounge, where I found At The Drive-In. It's truly unique.
Keep up the good work Al.