YouTube stars' "Game Therapy" debuts at Rome Film Fest

(AGI) Rome, Oct 21 - Ryan Travis's "Game Therapy", whichfeatures numerous Italian web celebrities, was presented at theRome Film Fest on Wednesday. The viewing hall was filled withhundreds of fans of the YouTube stars acting in the film -Federico Clapis, Lorenzo Ostuni, Jonny Ortiz, JenniferMischiati, Paolo D'Amico, Daniele Sodano, Elisa Piazza,Riccardo Cicogna and Elisabetta Torlasco - some of whom havethousands of followers or even millions, such as LorenzoOstuni, who boasts two million fans. The screening of the filmbegan at 4:30 p.m. in the Sinopoli hall and was backed by amassive

(AGI) Rome, Oct 21 - Ryan Travis's "Game Therapy", whichfeatures numerous Italian web celebrities, was presented at theRome Film Fest on Wednesday. The viewing hall was filled withhundreds of fans of the YouTube stars acting in the film -Federico Clapis, Lorenzo Ostuni, Jonny Ortiz, JenniferMischiati, Paolo D'Amico, Daniele Sodano, Elisa Piazza,Riccardo Cicogna and Elisabetta Torlasco - some of whom havethousands of followers or even millions, such as LorenzoOstuni, who boasts two million fans. The screening of the filmbegan at 4:30 p.m. in the Sinopoli hall and was backed by amassive marketing campaign. The 51 most popular YouTubers inItaly walked down the red carpet alongside the film'sprotagonists shortly before the feature commenced. "GameTherapy" was also simultaneously shown in 150 cinemas, with thehashtag #gametherapyRFF created for Twitter users to sharetheir reactions. Ryan Travis's first production was inserted inthe "Alice dalla citta" section, which is separate and parallelto the Film Fest. It narrates the world of teenagers today withFrancesco (FaviJ) and Giovanni (Federico Clapis) portrayingmodern-day nerds: they don't do well in school, are inept withgirls, and have few friends, but they are heroes in thevideogaming community. Videogames are their real life, andeverything they've dreamed of is about to become reality."Arriving in cinema is a great satisfaction for us," FedericoClapis commented. "Being at the Film Fest is something of anemotional dichotomy: from the web to reality. We hope thismovie can break the web's ghettoisation, where the media viewsus as a foreign body." Daniele Sodano said, "This movie can bea breath of fresh air in a slightly bigoted Italy that doesn'tlike an evolving reality." He added, "YouTubers have alreadyworked in film various times in the U.S. and other countries."The movie, distributed by Lucky Red, will be released in 300film theatres on Thursday. Meanwhile, cinephiles throughout theworld celebrated Wednesday as "Back to the Future" day (in thefilm sequel Marty McFly travels to October 21, 2015) with the#BackToFutureDay hashtag taking Twitter by storm. The stars of"Game Therapy" said they love and identify themselves withRobert Zemeckis's trilogy from the '80s. Daniele Sodano, knownas Zoda on YouTube, said the movies "spoke to the young peoplefrom back then and sent a message, and those of us who speak toyoung people today see ourselves in that message". .