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Future Ways of Living

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Future Ways of Living is a documentary film of a project that challenges leaders, design professionals and students in several countries to imagine how the technology and design in the future would look.[1] The project has a duration of 5 days and the participants are divided in groups and they are expected to create a tangible plan to improve and design a future way of: education, food system, transportation, Health & Wellness, Energy & economy or communication system.[2] The initiative was planned and executed by the Institute Without Boundaries (Program that belongs to George Brown College[3]) and the Meet Media Guru[4] at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. The premier of the film was on June 11, 2017 and took place in Toronto, Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is currently being showed by Amazon and Youtube. This project had the opportunity to be part of the ICFF[5] (Italian Contemporary Film Festival)[6], since the documentary was filmed in Milan. The Italian community chose the film to be part of their film festival because it shows a collaboration between Canada and Italy.

Specifications of the Film[edit]

Film Type: Documentary/movie

Founder of the project: Maria Grazia Mattei[7]

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes 46 seconds

Completion Date: November 30, 2016

Premier: June 17, 2017

Production Budget: 250,000 USD

Country of Origin: Canada

Country of Filming: Canada, Italy

Film Language: English, Italian, Spanish

Production Team[edit]

Marcello Ferrara[edit]

Director, Writer and Editor

Marcello Ferrara[8] is a graduate of McGill University in Literature and Urban Geography. . He is a published poet and writer and has worked as a communications specialist for the international design organization IFI, the International Federation of Interior Designers. He is currently the principal of And Others, a community development and production company. His most current project is working with refugees in Greece using participatory video practices to tell their stories as part of the community development process.

Luigi Ferrara[edit]

Executive Producer

Luigi Ferrara[9] is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of Icsid and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and

the network society.

Voitek Pendrak[edit]


Voitek Pendrak is a self-taught photographer and cinematographer based in Toronto. His extensive experience in photography led him into the world of the cinematography three years ago. Since then he has been part of several film productions ranging from shorts, web series and documentaries, including an official selection for Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

Michael Nguyen[edit]


Michael Nguyen is a cinematographer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. He attended the School of Design at George Brown College where he studied Art and Design Foundation.

Andrew Wright[edit]

Re-Recording Mixer

Andrew Wright is a British-Canadian director, writer, editor, musician, sound designer and engineer. Originally from the United Kingdom, he started out as a record label owner, writer and producer in the early 90s. Andrew's passion for music and his vivid imagination crossed over into film production when he relocated to Toronto, Canada in 2006.


The project started in 2015[10] when Meet the Guru media decided to do a collaboration with other digital companies to try to imagine the future. the official first meeting for this project was The first meeting is scheduled for February 23rd 2015 at the Santa Teresa Mediateca in via della Moscova with Hiroshi Ishii, professor[10] of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Future Ways of Living was has been active in the design community. Later, on the 10 year anniversary[11] of the Meet the Guru[12] media as one of the main projects. Years later they were invited as guest speakers at the DigiFest[13] 2018[14] in Toronto to inspire future designers.


  1. "Meet the Media Guru | Future Ways of Living con Jonathan Woetzel | SardegnaEventi24.it". SardegnaEventi24.it (in italiano). Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  2. Enaje, Jo. Porfolio. joenaje Designs. pp. 2–9. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Screening of Future Ways of Living in Partnership with George Brown". Italian Heritage Canada. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  4. "La Triennale di Milano » Meet the Media Guru Future Ways of Living Arjun Appadurai". www.triennale.org. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. "Italian Contemporary Film Festival launches its 2017 program – ICFF". ICFF. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  6. "ICFF: ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL 2017". iictoronto.esteri.it. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  7. "Future ways of living". www.domusweb.it. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  8. "Marcello Ferrara". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  9. "Luigi Ferrara, OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACID O, ICSID Senator". www.georgebrown.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Future Ways of Living: Fastweb partner di Meet the Media Guru". www.spotandweb.it (in italiano). 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  11. "Future ways of living". www.domusweb.it. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  12. "Notizie e eventi - 10 anni MEET THE MEDIA GURU". www.braidense.it (in italiano). Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  13. "Design - Toronto Digifest 2018". Toronto Digifest 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  14. Minogue, Sean (2018-03-22). "Digifest 2018 asks if Toronto is ready for the future". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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