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Guido Santi

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Guido Santi
BornMay 9, 1962
Genoa Italy
DiedFebruary 4, 2019
Santa Clarita, California
OccupationFilm director, producer
Spouse(s)Tina Mascara

Guido Santi was a filmmaker, director and producer who was born in Genoa, Italy, on May 9, 1962. He lived and worked in Los Angeles, where he also taught at the College of the Canyons.

Santi is best known for two documentary films he made with his wife Tina Mascara: a 2007 film about Christopher Isherwood and his much younger partner Don Bachardy, and a 2013 film about the monk and photographer Nicholas Vreeland, who is Diana Vreeland's grandson.


Santi first worked in Italy, writing and directing short films, and working with other young filmmakers and the director Ermanno Olmi in a group called "Ipotesi Cinema". In 1989 he co-directed with Marco Simon Puccioni his first short film Concertino produced by RAI the Italian public broadcaster. Santi then moved to the US and took a master's degree in film production at the University of Southern California, and went on to produce TV specials and documentaries. With Tina Mascara he co-founded "Asphalt Stars Productions". Santi taught Film Aesthetics and History of Cinema at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.[1]

An article by Santi in the Huffington Post explains how he first met Don Bachardy in 1992, and how he eventually came to make the documentary Chris & Don, which was released in 2008.[2]


Guido Santi died suddenly on February 4, 2019 due to a heart attack on the first day of College of the Canyon's Spring Semester.[3]


Santi's films include:[4]


  1. ^ Website Zeitgeist Films, Directory, Chris & Don: A Love Story, Filmmaker, [1] Archived 2013-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2014.11.23
  2. ^ Website, Guido Santi, Bachardy-Isherwood Love Story, "How Don Bachardy and Christopher Sherwood's Love Story made it to the Big Screen", Guido Santi, 03/07/2013, updated 05/07/2013, [2] Accessed 2014.11.23
  3. ^ Duan, Crystal. “College of the Canyons Faculty Member Dies of Heart Attack.” Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 6 Feb. 2019, [3] Accessed 2019.02.06
  4. ^ Website, Director, Guido Santi USA, [4] Accessed 2014.11.23
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