In the fall of 2019 award winning Director David M. Weiss set out to capture and film the stories and inspiration behind Jeremy Caniglia’s narrative artwork.
Caniglia is known for his emotionally charged figurative and portrait paintings, which focus on the human condition. His work explores moments caught in time that show glimpses of climate change, wars, revolution, and poverty. His work embraces the old masters’ style of technical virtuosity while embodying the ancient Greek archetypes of life, love, death and rebirth. Caniglia has a strong global following with his work in private collections and museums around the world. He has worked with such masters as Odd Nerdrum, Grace Hartigan, Brenda Jones and Dionisio Cimarelli. Caniglia has worked in museums and is also an art historian on renaissance and old master techniques. He has done extensive research on the work of Caravaggio and his techniques.
This film strikes at the heart of the human psyche and gives the audience an inside look at his illuminating, foreboding, haunting but always poignant narrative paintings. Caniglia’s world wallows in the glories of expansiveness, empathy, and timeless places. The film was scored by the world renowned composer carlos hof.
The film “CANIGLIA” had it world premiere at AKSARBEN CINEMA at the Omaha Film Festival on March 7th 2020. Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals,” the Omaha Film Festival selected the documentary into the best of 2020 category. Despite the global pandemic “CANIGLIA” the documentary traveled the film festival circuit in 2020 and received final selection in the Snake Alley Festival of Film in the Documentary category as well as being showcased in Italy and Caniglia’s families hometown of Carlentini, Sicily.