Profiles

Travail and triumph: The tale of an Italian émigré

Life, we all know it, is truly unpredictable. There’s very little we can anticipate and we rarely think about how, at times, a cheerful, carefree...

John Turturro: calling Puglia home

“My grandfather had a dream: becoming successful in America. I am part of that dream, and I am part of Giovinazzo, where my father, my grandfather...

Lina Wertmüller: an Oscar to an original portrait of Italianness

“I am grateful to have received this award, which I didn’t expect, and that, for this reason, is even more welcome and makes me all the happier. For...

A Boom Boom connection between father and son

When most young boys are shooting hoops or playing catch with their fathers, Ray Boom Boom Mancini stepped into a boxing gym and promised his dad, “...

Filmmaker Laura Luchetti explores unlikely friendships amid violent realities

The new film from director Laura Luchetti , Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello) explores unlikely friendships and the loss of innocence, set against the...

Sergio Leone: 30 years without his genius

T he years between 1950 and 1960 were difficult for the great Hollywood film industry. A sentence of the Supreme Court of the United States decreed...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti – 100 years of beatitude, and the best is yet to come…

The month of March has brought us Spring, and the 100th birthday of a legend, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, celebrated poet and San Francisco’s first Poet...

Oscar Generale, the Italian producer of Hollywood Stars

“I always dreamed of working, one day, in the entertainment industry and, being an extremely ambitious person, I had high standards: I wanted to go...

Maria Manetti Shrem — Prima ‘Sanfranciscan’ nominata Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia

Per Maria Manetti Shrem il 2019 non poteva aprirsi con migliore auspicio e riconoscimento ad una vita e una carriera letteralmente esemplari . Su...

Federico Faggin – The man behind the genius

Much has been written about Dr. Federico Faggin, Italian physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur, known for designing the first commercial...

Alessandro Safina brings the world of pop opera to the US

Music lovers all over the US received an early Christmas gift last October when Alessandro Safina, renowned operatic tenor, who has become a...

Mitja Rabar: the Italian animator who works on Disney’s Oscar-winning movies

“The animator is an artist who could have been an actor but, being very shy, decided to work behind the scenes.” Says Mitja Rabar, the 40 years old...

Seattle composer uses musical talents to raise funds for Children’s Hospital

Composer and Seattle native Mateo Messina has scored the soundtracks for more than 50 films and 100 television episodes and won a Grammy award for...

Consul General Antonio Verde says goodbye to Los Angeles at the end of his mandate

He had two very specific goals for his term in Los Angeles: to answer as best as possible to the needs of the Italian community, and to support...

Dina Morrone’s “The Italian in Me” wins the Valley Theatre Award

“Call me! Federico Fellini wants to see you.” When actress Dina Morrone received this message from her agent, she didn’t think much of it and...

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