Italian-Americans and Federal Hill to Star
RI Movie Documentary Announced
(Providence, RI, USA) The film ITALIAN AMERICANS AND FEDERAL HILL is in the final stages of postproduction. Seven Fishes Productions LLC will be premiering the film on September 29th and 30th, 2006 at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island.
The documentary film is the result of a five year effort to document the history and cultural evolution of Italian Americans in Rhode Island's "Little Italy," Federal Hill.
"Politicians, priests, entrepreneurs and others discuss their families, experiences, and the evolution of the culture," according to producer Jon Raben, "It is a frank, heart warming and introspective film." Numerous people were interviewed for the film. Mr. Raben's goal was to capture the Italian American experience on Federal Hill.
The film depicts a determined population who survived and prospered through education, hard work and community involvement. "As the population changed so did the neighborhood. Even during the filming, changes occurred that we were able to document," according to Mr. Raben.
"Federal Hill was once a bustling enclave of cold water flats, peddlers and non-English speaking Italians. Today it is a destination for upscale markets and restaurants. The film documents today's changing population as history repeats itself," said Mr. Raben. "Recent immigrants from other cultures are slowly displacing the Italians on Federal Hill."
ITALIAN AMERICANS AND FEDERAL HILL was shot on location in the Federal Hill neighborhood. "The viewer is drawn into the restaurants, social clubs, churches and streets of Federal Hill," Mr. Raben said, "Everyone opened their doors for us, it�s a friendly place."
Featuring: Robert A. Antignano, Carl Baldinelli, Ralph Campagnone, Judge Frank Caprio, Rev. Msgr. Galliano J. Cavallaro, Prof. John S. Chiaro, Jr., former Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., Alan R. Costantino, Dante and Marie Costantino, Joseph DeGiulio, former Lieutenant Governor Thomas R. DiLuglio, Lois Scialo Ellis, Carol Scialo Gaeta, Lombard J. Gasbarro, Mark U. Gasbarro, City Council President and former Mayor John J. Lombardi, Rev. Ramond P. Luft, William Z. Malinowski, Joseph Marzilli, Sal Marzilli, former Italian Vice Consul, Grande Ufficiale Joseph R. Muratore, former Mayor Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. (also former United States Ambassador to Malta), Rev. Vincenzo Rosato, CS, Beatrice DePasquale-Temkin.
Most of the soundtrack was recorded live and features traditional Italian folk music. The film is not rated but contains no violence or foul language.
More info at www.italianamericansandfederalhill.com and the producer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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