On June 14, 2017 actor, writer, director, and producer Tony Lo Bianco gave the presentation “From Brooklyn to Broadway and Beyond” at JCU. The talk, part of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, covered a myriad of topics including dedication, inspiration, motivation, and overcoming fear. Lo Bianco’s one-off appearance in Rome marked a...

It could be argued that there were three truly significant Italian American movies that cemented Italian culture into the zeitgeist. The Godfather, Rocky and Saturday Night Fever, the latter of which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Each of those movies was sold as ‘The American Dream’ all with anti-hero leads, all with flawed charact...

The word prolific is one of the more overused descriptions that writers often apply to artists. Very few actually deserve the title as it is one that implies an artist that creates a huge volume of work without sacrificing its level of quality; the dichotomy and balance that any creative person struggles to overcome. With the changes in film indust...

The Ischia Global Film and Music Festival has announced their first big award. Italian-American actor Armand Assante will receive the fest’s 2017 Ischia Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his career in film and television. The festival will also honor Assante’s latest film, Ulugh Beg: The Man Who Unlocked the Universe with their Best Documenta...

Sugar Land City Council recently approved an agreement with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the International Film Festival of Spello (IFFS) and the Region of Umbria for the creation of an Italian Film Festival in Sugar Land. The multi-day festival called Umbria in Sugar Land is scheduled for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 at locations throughout Sugar...

Un panel bene organizzato, tanti spunti di riflessione e un dibattito interessante sul mondo del cinema e dei giovani che si affacciano al mercato cinematografico. Al Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York è andato in scena un nuovo appuntamento con “Meet the New italians”, una serie di incontri promossi dalla istituzione diplomatica con l’obiettiv...

Storyboard artist, Giacomo Ghiazza, was born in Asti (Piedmont, Italy). Until now, the “comune” has been widely known for its sweet sparkling white wine, made from the Moscato Bianco grape. Today, more and more people living in the northern town or just stopping by Asti’s Palazzo Mazzetti, are discovering An Italian Pencil in Hollywood. Giacomo Ghi...

Hello all and Happy Spring! I am excited to announce that I have been cast in a film underwritten by the incredibly successful Italian-American Hollywood Producers, the Russo Brothers (Captain America/Marvel) thru a NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) grant!!    Most of you don't know that my original dream was to be an actress and that I g...

Il cinema italiano continua ad essere grande protagonista a New York. Sabato, alla Casa Italiana della New York University, ha avuto luogo un interessante appuntamento con i registi e gli attori della rassegna cinematografica Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. Non era semplice, in una sette giorni dai ritmi così intensi e serrati, riuscire a riunire i...

Dean Martin died in 1995, but he’s still one of America’s most beloved entertainers. The Italian-American actor, singer and comedian made his big break when he formed a comedy-music duo with Jerry Lewis in 1946. By the ‘50s, he had launched a successful solo career, appearing in films and taking his place in the legendary Rat Pack alongside Frank S...