The movie that changed my life turns 30 years old this month. It was a cool September evening in 1990 when two carloads of high school friends and I went to the Showcase Cinema in Revere for opening night of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.” The theater was kind of a dump back then and most of the screens were still in mono, but we preferred the plac...

You know that sometimes in these interviews I have the pleasure of knowing leaders of Italian and Italian American communities throughout the United States. Today my personal tour of America takes me to the North Star State, Minnesota, where I meet Sandra Gengler. Born and raised in Ancona, in the Marche region, she moved to the US to attend colleg...

The 14th annual San Diego Italian Film Festival, known as feStivale, will be hosted virtually this year from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. Executive Director Diana Agostini said the annual event will be a “blend of creativity, resilience, and passion toward the arts and our audience.” The theme for this year’s film festival is activism and will feature a num...

Because of the coronavirus, Vince Peranio and his wife Dolores Deluxe, owners of The Palace on Dallas, never got to have a farewell party before they moved to Portugal last month. But before he left, Peranio was honored for his contributions to the Maryland film industry at a gala at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Peranio worked for 50 years as a produc...

Each year, the Board of Directors of the Italian Heritage Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) selects a new theme and then proceeds to create a theme poster and publish its “Calendar of Events” for the annual month-long celebration in October. We encourage you to discover your heritage with programs that celebrate any facets of the theme as...

Confession time: I’ve always been a sucker for films and TV shows that, even if they aren’t necessarily good, work extremely well as travel porn. Maybe Fool’s Gold and Into the Blue have cringey dialogue and even cringier acting, but I’ll always have a soft spot for these movies because they’re just so pleasing to look at. If the AMC miniseries The...

The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up the first in-person COVID-era international cinema showcase, with critics, filmmakers and actors cheering organizers for having dared to hold the festival amid a pandemic and for demonstrating how to go to the movies again safely. The festival's coveted Golden Lion awards were being handed out Saturday night...

You’ll always have bragging rights on Sofia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Federico Fellini, but check out what your Italian paesani have done to make you proud lately! Italy Has It All. 1) DARING DIRECTORSA lot of people assume that great Italian directors are a thing of the past, but think again! Paolo Sorrentino, Luca Guadagnino, and Matteo Ga...

The Italian American Media Crossroads Archive is a unique hub where you can find the most complete video collection of material related to Italy and the United States.  This database consists of more than 5000 items (including films, videos, books, articles, cartoons, pictures, posters, and so on) that illustrate the past and present of the common...

The 15th annual edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival will proceed in 2020 in a reduced capacity after initial plans to cancel due to Covid-19. Four Italian films will be screened on Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 at the Atlas Eastgate Cinemas in Mayfield Heights. Festival founder Joyce Mariani said that usually, efforts are mad...