Nick Brandestini is a filmmaker based in Zurich, Switzerland. His first documentary, Return to Florence (2006), chronicled a group of young American and British artists studying classical methods at an unconventional school in Florence. The film screened at festivals across North America and won several awards. His next documentary, H.R. Giger's Sanctuary (2007), explored the renowned and reclusive artist H.R. Giger, most famous as the designer of Ridley Scott's Alien. The film was an official selection at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2002, Brandestini was a producer and editor for the music television channel VIVA (now part of the MTV network), where he produced a weekly program about the latest movie releases.