Mila Puccini is a Gaffer and Artist based in Oakland and has a background in Cinema, Performance Arts and Teaching.
After being raised in Switzerland, and accomplishing her first education, she relocated in 2004 with Teacher´s Credentials to Oslo, Norway. There she focused on developing her skills in Music and Art. In collaboration with performance groups, such as Hotel ProForma, Ohm41 and Akt 5 she created original score to performances, shown in Norway, Denmark and Switzerland. While in Oslo she was a member of Podium, an Artist-run, multi-disciplinary gallery collective. From Sound Art she gravitated towards creating video installations and performance art which she exhibited later in group shows. Among her achievements were two grants by the Norwegian Art Council and a two month art residency at Babelab in Oakland.
In 2009 she relocated to the SF Bay Area, birth place of her father, where she started her second education in Cinema Studies at the City College of San Francisco. In 2014 she wrote and directed her first narrative short "Let's Go Crazy First!" which was screened at ATA in San Francisco and co-directed feature documentary "Water Under the Bridge" which premiered at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco in 2015.
Since 2015 to this present date she is working in the SF Bay Area as a Freelancer in the Grip & Electric Department and functions primarily as Gaffer. Further she is affiliated with IATSE local 16 as Set Electrician.
Her consistent passion for music and the arts reflects in a personal commitment to the Bay Area DIY music community. This ranges from playing in bands, booking shows as well as donating time to communal events and art projects.
(photo by Augusto Etxabarriga)