ISDA National President Basil Russo and VP John Viola were presented with the inaugural “Reputation Award” at the Italian Cultural Institute of NYC (Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York) by Davide Ippolito, a celebrated publisher, filmmaker and producer. At the ceremony, Russo and Viola were honored for creating the Italian American Future Lead...

The Italian Reputation Award ceremony was held at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, an esteemed recognition for individuals who have distinguished themselves in the reputational field through constant commitment and innovation across various professional sectors to promote Italy globally. The event was hosted by journalist Francesca Di Ma...

Louis D’Esposito is one of the primary producers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the co-president of Marvel Studios. His family is originally from Torre del Greco, Naples, and two of the franchise’s greatest directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, are also of Italian heritage. Along with their sister, Angela Russo-Otstot, they have conceived and org...

Within the Italian-American community, there is an ever-present concern that younger generations simply aren’t interested in their Italian heritage, a sentiment echoed among the older generation like a haunting refrain. The question, “How do we engage the youth” has been asked time and again, but until now, no one ever cared to answer it. Last Janu...

It’s a new day in Tinseltown. Italian Americans, of Hollywood, are, from now on, to be rightly recognized for their important contributions to cinema. New filmmakers are to be encouraged to make short films with themes related to the Italian American experience. Enter the Russos. Film directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, along with their sister, Angel...

Italian American Future Leaders (IAFL), an influential fellowship and networking platform that's empowering and engaging younger generations (ages 21 – 35), held its 2nd national conference, "IAFL2," at Amerant Bank Arena.  The latest conference was comprised of nearly 200 fellows (first-time attendees), alumni (returning attendees), mentors and pr...

January 18, 2024 Russo Brothers Italian American Filmmaker Forum and presentation Inaugural Renaissance Award to Louis D’Esposito in Los Angeles, CA

Italian American Future Leaders, a fellowship and networking platform that's empowering and engaging younger generations (ages 21 – 35), held its' 2nd annual conference, "IAFL2," this past weekend at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, FL.  The latest conference was comprised of fellows (first-time attendees), alumni (returning attendees), mentors and p...

Italian American organizations from around the country are heeding the call championed by COPOMIAO President Basil M. Russo: by uniting together, the Conference of Presidents, in part, commands the respect and international recognition that's oftentimes impossible to achieve on an individual basis. In the past two years alone, COPOMIAO leaders have...