Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro’s new documentary, I Have a Name – that puts a respectful face on homelessness through the programs of  The Chicago HELP Initiative – won Best Documentary at the 2020 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican in Rome. The prestigious film festival, under the High Patronage of the Pontific...

AMERICA’S LAST LITTLE ITALY: THE HILL, the award-winning documentary about one of St. Louis’ most iconic neighborhoods, is set to make its television premiere on Monday, November 30, at 7 p.m. on Nine Network PBS.  The movie, which debuted this past summer as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, tells the story of The Hill, the Italian-Americ...

Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro will premiere her new film, “I Have a Name,” online at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. The one-hour documentary is co-produced by In My Brother’s Shoes Inc., the nonprofit film organization founded by Mauro and producer Joe Orlandino, and Jacqueline C. Hayes, founder and president emerita of the Chicago HELP Initiative (CHI)....

The feature length film will simply be called “Cabrini.” Before completing the script, executive producer J. Eustace Wolfington and screenwriter Rod Barr read 22 books on the life of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and spent time in the Vatican archives.  They discovered that Cabrini personally lobbied Pope Leo XIII to found her own missionary religious...

Pato Banton joins forces with award-winning film director Roberto Angotti to create Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza, which has just been selected as a finalist in the 2020 FICTS (Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs) Worldwide Championship of Television, Cinema, Sport, Culture and Communication in Milan. Director Roberto...

Dear friends, while I'm writing this editorial the coronavirus situation in Italy is dramatically worsening, and probably in a few days we will be in a full lockdown again. We are scared and angry, because we knew that a second wave would come and the Italian institutions were unprepared. The weeks to come will be difficult and hard, and we all hop...

In a desolate valley outside Eureka, Nevada, lies the common grave where five Italian charcoal burners were shot dead in 1879 by a sheriff’s posse while striking for better wages on the burgeoning mining frontier.  Lucia Mauro's new documentary, titled The Loneliest Road,  is inspired by Silvio Manno’s 2016 book, Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigra...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

“Film is about to start”. Those playful words introduce Martin Scorsese’s portrait of his mum and dad, Catherine and Charlie, a frantic-eyed, finger-chewing, pair of Sicilian-born New Yorkers who despite (or perhaps because of) their nervous energy, are a riot. This movie should really be called Parents: They Buck You Up. The documentary, released...

1960 is considered the most important year of the 19th century for the city of Rome. After two unsuccessful attempts, in 1904 and 1908, the Eternal City succeeded in organizing the Summer Olympics, the biggest sports and media event in the world. From August 25th to September 11th, 5338 athletes from 83 nations participated in the 150 competitions...