Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Douglas Gayeton lived in a restored sixteenth-century convent in Tuscany, studying Italy's "slow living" culture. Gayeton is a multi-media artist who has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and emerging media for National Geographic, PBS, Warner Brothers and Sony. His documentaries include Lost in Italy, a series Gayeton created and directed for the Fine Living Network, and the full-length film Molotov Alva for HBO. His images, which he refers to as "flat film," are exhibited in museums and private collections around the world. Gayeton lives on a farm in Petaluma, California, with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Tuilerie.