Little Italy [VHS]

ISBN 13: 9786305622284

Little Italy [VHS]

 
9786305622284: Little Italy [VHS]

The Italian American experience embodies the contradictions of every ethnic group that strives to find a place in the American cultural landscape.The film "Little Italy" goes beyond stereotypes and addresses the universal story of immigration, assimilation and cultural identity.

The struggles and triumphs of Italian Americans are revealed through interviews with an eclectic collection of characters including such luminaries as actor Chazz Palminteri, wine maker Robert Mondavi, artist and labor organizer Ralph Fasanella, poet and City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and author Gay Talese.

Their homespun stories, combined with historical film and photographs, take us to the Little Italy of their present lives while providing the viewer with a vision of family, community and ethnic identity in modern America. The program also delves into some painful issues involving discrimination, media stereotyping, and the little known story of Italian American internment during W.W.II.

The film explores how Little Italy neighborhoods in most cities became a refuge from a hostile culture; a place to renew bonds with cherished friends and relatives, and revitalize lost customs and traditions. It became in essence a state of mind; a link to their homeland.

"Little Italy" won a Golden Gate Award Certificate at the San Francisco International Film Festival, A Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, and an Award of Creative Merit at the American International Film Festival. It was produced by the Mill Valley Film Group, which also made the highly acclaimed "Kerouac," "Compassion is the Key," "Sumo Basho," and "A Yen For Baseball."

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Little Italy
Little Italy is an immigrant neighborhood and a state of mind. The Italian American experience embodies the contradictions of every ethnic group that strives to find a place in the American cultural landscape. This wonderful film goes beyond stereotypes and addresses the universal story of immigration, assimilation and cultural identity.

The struggles and triumphs of Italian Americans are revealed through interviews with such luminaries as actor Chazz Palminteri, wine maker Robert mondavi, artist and labor organizer Ralph Fasanella, poet and City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and best-selling author Gay Talese. Their homespun stories, combined with historical film and photographs, take us to the Little Italy of their present lives while providing the viewer with a vision of family, community and ethnic identity in modern America.

Italian American neighborhoods in most cities are places to renew bonds with cherished friends and relatives, and revitalize lost customs and traditions. "Little Italy" depicts a resilient cultures and tells us much about family, community and ethnic identity in modern America.

Winner of a Golden Gate Award Certificate at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago international Film Festival, and an Award of Creative Merit at the American International Film Festival.

About the Actor:

Producer/Director Will Parrinello has produced award-winning programs for theatrical distribution, television, and home video. He is currently filming and editing "IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE", a 90-minute documentary about Native American sacred places and land rights issues. Also in production is "DIGNITY IN EXILE: LIVING IN A VIRTUAL TIBET", profiles of three Tibetan refugees and the perpetuation of a culture in exile. Parrinello was Director of Photography on the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary "TELL THE TRUTH AND RUN: GEORGE SELDES AND THE AMERICAN PRESS".

Will produced two programs for a series on environmental activists, "A NEW WORLD", profiling conservationists for Italian television (RAI 3) and Discovery International. In 1996 he directed a documentary profile of the American Himalayan Foundation, an organization known as a high altitude Peace Corps. "COMPASSION IS THE KEY" won a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival and is was broadcast on PBS stations.

In 1995 Parrinello was Producer/Director/Editor of "LITTLE ITALY", a 60-minute program that affectionately explores the culture of Italians in American. In 1994 he co-produced, photographed and edited the Emmy award-nominated "SUMO BASHO", a look at the world of Sumo through the eyes of two American Sumo champions.

Other notable productions as co-producer/co-director include "A YEN FOR BASEBALL" and "A GIANT STEP". YEN, a behind-the-scenes look at the Major League Baseball All Star tour of Japan, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1990. A GIANT STEP, an in depth profile of the 1987 San Francisco Giants in their drive for the division championship, was deemed "a brilliant bit of baseball film making" by Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle. The program received a Cable Excellence award in 1989.

In 1984 Parrinello co-produced and edited John Antonelli's feature length film "KEROUAC", which played theatrically in every major city in the U.S. and Canada. It was broadcast with excellent reviews on the A & E, PBS, The Learning Channel and in numerous world wide markets. The film is distributed theatrically by October Films and for home video by Mystic Fire. "KEROUAC" was awarded a Blue Ribbon from the American Film Festival as well as the Best Film from Northern California at the National Educational Film Festival.

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