The ICC is pleased to announce a special presentation to be held on Thursday, April 6th, at 6:30 p.m.  Karl Schoonover (Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK) will present“By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres. Schoonover will share his research exploring the life of Italian cinema outside...

Dating back some 4,000 years, the sport of falconry is still widely practiced today. With origins in the Middle East, falconry is a highly-regarded pastime, which, in some cultures, also serves as a male rite of passage. Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarini explores an annual falconry competition that takes place in the vast desert of Qatar in his visua...

Leone Jacovacci (a.k.a. John Douglas Walker and Jack Walker) was born in 1902 in the village of Pombo in the then Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the son of an Italian man and a Congolese woman. He was raised in Italy which was rough for him, given that he was bi-racial, and as a result, in his late teens, found himself in Eng...

“What are you?,” “Where are you from?” Gamey Guilavogui, an actress born to an Italian mother and a father from Guinea, remarks that these are two questions she hears all too often from Italians. Though born in Rome and raised in Italy, Guilavogui is seen as a foreigner by other Italians. Her sense of dislocation, of belonging but not belonging to...

Mercoledì 22 Febbraio, all’interno della sezione “documentari italiani”, il Calandra Institute ha presentato The Barese Icemen of New York, un’opera di Carlo Magaletti del 2015 che per essere realizzata ha richiesto dieci milioni di dollari e dieci anni, ci confessa il produttore del film John Mustaro. Il documentario racconta la storia degli immig...

This summer, the University of Calabria, in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, will host the "Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar." As part of the program in Arcavacata di Rende, Cleveland-born moviemaker Michael DiLauro will screen his recent feature length production on June 21.  In La Mia Strada/My Road, the...

Di origini siciliane, cresciuto tra Italia e Venezuela e arrivato nel 2000 negli Stati Uniti, Cristian Piazza si è trasferito a New York a fine ottobre del 2001 per fare cinema. “Vivere a New York vuol dire farsi molte domande su se stessi, sugli altri. Io mi domando spesso dov’è casa? È dove nasci, dove cresci o dove hai deciso di andare a vivere?...

A documentary on ex-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jamestown Arts Center, 16 Valley St. The Emmy Award-winning movie, “Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor,” was written, produced and directed by Cherry Arnold. It is a complex portrait of the contradictory and audacious man who became the...

“Il nonno di papà si imbarcò a Napoli nel 1890 e, dopo giorni di navigazione, arrivò a New York. In quel periodo, nel novembre del 1890, gli emigranti sbarcavano al Barge Office di Battery Park…” racconta Maurizio Igor Meta, attore, scrittore e regista che dal 2014 lavora a Ellis Island. Ellis Island  è un progetto multidisciplinare che inizia dall...

Smiles, moments of reflection and an occasional hearty laugh, are the reactions of the Italian-American community of Los Angeles while watching the documentary film, “Processions of Faith: The Story of Saint Peter’s Italian Catholic Church, its Parishioners and their Saints”. Produced by Justine Mestichelli’s Midair Rose Production and masterfully...