Villa Aurora, Boncompagni Ludovisi subject of ‘The Princess of Piombino’ feature film


Rutgers Rome Stories is a student-directed series of four films, each of which seeks to animate an aspect of the idea of the Eternal City. You can see the projects—two theatrical trailers for feature-length documentaries to be released in 2015/6, and two short documentaries now complete—at the website

Chief among these is a documentary film— titled The Princess of Piombinoon the efforts of Prince Nicolo’ and Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi to preserve their iconic urban villa, the Casino Aurora.


Rutgers Rome Stories is the product of a multi-year collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking (Mason Gross School of the Arts), represented by its founding director, Dena Seidel; and the Department of Classics (School of Arts and Sciences), through associate professor (and Archivio Digitale Boncompagni Ludovisi director) T. Corey Brennan. The undergraduate student videographers have their academic homes in either Mason Gross or SAS; all are enrolled in the certificate program of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking.

In general, the character-driven narratives that these Rutgers students have created, and filmed largely on location, offer a particularly innovative way of communicating some vital personal histories of Rome to a broad audience.


Credits for The Princess of Piombino:
A Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking production
Directed and filmed by Sean Feuer ’14 and Adam Nawrot ’14
Co-directors Gabriela Elise ’15 and Shaodi Huang ’16
Editors Sean Feuer ’14, Gabriela Elise ’15 and Shaodi Huang ’16
Producers Professors Corey Brennan and Dena Seidel
Associate producer Anthony Majanlahti
Funded by Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences
Made in the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts under the supervision of Professor Dena Seidel

School of Arts and Sciences : Department of Classics

Mason Gross School of the Arts : Center for Digital Filmmaking


  1. has this film been released? we’d love to see it…

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