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...

Filmmaker Enrico Cerasuolo recounts the life of Anna Magnani, Italy's great screen legend, who embodied the bare-faced, post-war honesty of Italian neo-realism and became a symbol of the city of Rome itself.With an indelible catalog of her must-see films and a well-chosen selection of historical interviews, the opinions of Marlon Brando, Luchino Vi...

Pizza. It’s probably the most beloved – and often simplest to make – food on the planet. You’ve probably had a slice or several in the past week. Or you’re thinking about it now. And for you kids, according to analytics it’s the “Most Instagrammed Food,” beating out burgers 10-to-1. But while many casual Pie Lovers might assume that Pizza Mecca is...

“That has been my life’s work: striving to learn to make shoes that always fit and the refusal to put my name to any that do not fit. Therefore, please look behind the story of the small, barefoot, unlettered boy who became a famous shoemaker, and seek the pleasure you will obtain from walking well.” These are words written by Ferragamo himself in...

If statues could talk, what stories would they tell? Massimiliano Finazzer Flory is a gifted playwright, director and actor who has been promoting Italian culture in the US for years. His new short film Ali Dorate – Golden Wings – filmed in a city under lockdown, animates public statues across Milan during the tragic days when the coronavirus rende...

A documentary project about the World Series of Bocce Documentary has been awarded a production grant from The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. This grant is on behalf of the National Italian American Foundation and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. For those that don't know, The Russo brothers directed the Captain America and A...

U.S. Premiere at New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2020. Wednesday, August, 19 2020 8:30pm. Click here for tickets and more info. The film, written by Ciriaci in collaboration with cinema historian and Yale alum Luca Peretti, previously won the ‘Il Cinemino’ award at the prestigious Festival dei Popoli in Florence upon its world premiere in Novemb...

“Devotion” is the title of the documentary movie about the two fashion geniuses and ambassadors of Sicilian beauty, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana; directed by the Oscar awarded director Giuseppe Tornatore, that the two fondly call “Peppuccio” in the video introduction to the docu-film. A special soundtrack was signed by the late Maestro Ennio...

In July, Charles Geno Marsala, the President of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast and a District National Vice-President the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), was one of eight chosen for the 2020 Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Grants.   The program was started by Anthony and Joseph Russo who have a cinematic r...

When you think of Hoboken, a few things come to mind: the birthplace of baseball, the iconic On the Waterfront film, and most importantly, Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes was born and raised in the Mile Square, bought bread from Dom’s Bakery, and met his first wife at the Jersey Shore. The legend passed away in 1998, but Sinatra’s contribution to the...