Before banks had a branch on every corner, they were an exclusive service for the wealthy. For the poor, working, and immigrant class, saving money was as unreliable as stashing it under a mattress. But at the turn of the 20th century, A.P. Giannini revolutionized the industry with his small bank in San Francisco.

As a first-generation Italian-American, his goal was to serve “the little fellow” and breed prosperity within his immigrant community. By building trust and giving loans on a simple handshake, he created one of the largest banks in the country – Bank of America.

A Little Fellow tells the story of a man who struck fear into the heart of Wall Street all the way from his beloved California. Known as “America’s banker,” A.P. Giannini gave a friendly face to an anonymous industry. As one of the first investors in Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hewlett-Packard, his forward-thinking helped the country through two World Wars and the Great Depression. In a time when banks are seen as impersonal monoliths, this documentary presents us with a new model of hope from America’s past.


THE FILMMAKERS:

Davide Fiore, a native to Torino, Italy, is known for his work directing and editing in Italy’s fashion and advertising industry. Davide’s career began filming music videos working alongside major Italian music labels, singers, and D.J.’s. whereupon he discovered the idea for his first documentary. Davide directed his first documentary titled Just Us in 2014, a film about the story of two Italian DJs, which gained worldwide distribution. With this success, Davide moved to Germany in 2016 and in the meantime he worked as video editor for the British TV show “The IT Factor,” broadcasted by London Live. Davide’s additional artistic outlets include “I’ve Already Seen It Somewhere,” a photo exhibition on New York movie locations which has been hosted in Torino, Roma, and Miami and published by Vogue Italia as well as serving as a Jury member for the Miami Independent Film Festival ongoing since 2015.

Anna Laclergue is an award-winning producer from the San Francisco Bay Area who has produced over thirty commercials, several short films and is currently working on her fourth feature film. Anna gained classical film training on the East Coast alongside esteemed actors and actresses Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep. Upon moving back to California, Anna began producing high end lifestyle brand broadcast commercials and ads for clients including Dell Technologies, Hair Club, and Mineral Air. Since then Anna has dedicated her career towards developing powerful stories featuring characters that challenge the status quo, and give a voice to the underrepresented. Anna’s recent repertoire of work includes the documentary The Red Pill (winner of several awards including the Mary Austin award for Excellence in Producing a Documentary - Idyllwild Film Festival 2017) which went on to a limited Theatrical release and worldwide distribution. Additional films Anna is has produced include Sirens Tango (winner of Jarvis Award for Audience Choice – Classical Arts Film Festival), Ten-Cent Daisy, and Bad Art as well as a number of documentaries and screenplays currently in development.