a multi-faceted woman, has work spanning the globe, from Northern Ireland to
South Africa, Rome to New York City.
Geretta began her career as a
actress in New York's 'off-off Broadway' theatre scene at Theatre For The New
City and the improv-comedy group, 'Rusty Nails', before making a full time
career in Italy appearing in over twenty feature films including "Smithereens",
"Rats" and "Demons" directed by Lamberto Bava, and produced by horror legend
Dario Argento... also the father of Asia Argento.
Her work in front of
the camera sparked her desire to go behind the camera, to make the movies
instead of be in them. Geretta relocated to Los Angeles, where she graduated
from The American Film Institute Master's Program in Screenwriting. During this
time she wrote and directed a number of shorts such as 'When Fish Fly' and 'Love
To Share' as well as making Public Service Announcements for California water
conservation and spots on spec for Levis.
After being amazed by the films
coming out of Ireland like Circle of Friends, Waking Ned Levine and The Secret
of Ronan Innish Geretta upped and moved to Ireland. Originally planning to stay
in Belfast, Northern Ireland for three weeks, her love of their culture and arts
movement led her to stay for two years, first interning for six months with the
award winning film collective 'Northern Visions', where she taught a number of
cross community writing seminars for first time and professional Writers from
both Protestant and Catholic communities.
During her two years in
Belfast, Geretta was the recipient of a number of film grants, including a
Northern Ireland Film Council Study Grant (the first American to receive one).
She was also the first American to receive a grant to attend University College
Dublin's Writing the Screenplay where she completed her feature-length
screenplay, Sweetiecakes (2001).
Geretta worked as a television producer
for Ulster Television, appearing on camera with her segment series "Geretta
Geretta Looks At..." Belfast's first experiment in lite news and later directed
the short film, 'Homesick', produced with generous materials grants from the
Geretta Geretta has built on her experiences of having lived within
different cultures. Her fluency in Italian was vital to writing, directing and
producing "100 Voices Against Apartheid" a collection of one hundred filmed
anti-segregation testimonials from Odessa, Billy Brag, Miriam Makeba, Roberto
Benigni, Run DMC, Public Enemy, and many more for the United Nations Special
Committee Against Apartheid and Unicef. Geretta premiered 'Homesick'
Tribeca Film Center and shortly there after produced staged readings of
'Sweetiecakes' across Manhattan to raise the initial budget. Once Swiss
Producers picked up the project, Geretta adapted the screenplay into German,
rewriting the story to take place in Winterthur: "Switzerland's biggest little
The film was shot and completed in Switzerland, summer 2001.
'Sweetiecakes' won Best Female Director-Melbourne Underground Festival-2002
and was her first feature film.
Currently in pre-production on her second feature film: Whitepaddy, Geretta can be found on a small island outside of Portland, Oregon.