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...

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...