Program and Project Specialist Leonard Guercio To Screen at Villanova University on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

FMA program and project specialist Leonard Guercio will be featured in an annual event that focuses on scholarship about Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience: The Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture at Villanova University on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. .
As an independent artist, Guercio has worked as a writer, producer, director and editor in various media—including film, experimental video, television, print, web and music. He has also worked as a film presenter for such Philadelphia cultural organizations as the America-Italy Society, Film at International House, Talk Cinema and the Italian Consulate.

At this event, Guercio will be screening two of his short films—one entitled “Tiramisù” and the other a short documentary about St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia. Guercio will also give a talk to accompany the film screening, titled “Italian-American Identity: the Media, the Mafia, and the Message.” If time permits, a Q&A session will follow the talk.

In 2007, Guercio was invited to present his short film, “Tiramisù” at the Pesaro International Film Festival in Pesaro, Italy. “Tiramisù” opened a retrospective of New Italian-American Cinema, which included feature films by John Turturro, Steve Buscemi and Nancy Savoca, among others. Guercio says, “Like the Italian dessert, “Tiramisù” is a semi-sweet cinematic contrivance with a twist ending. The film tells an uplifting story of love, responsibility and commitment through the lives of an Italian-American family and their friends.” Also, Guercio co-wrote and produced a 10-minute documentary celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in South Philadelphia, one of the few remaining Italian national parishes in the United States.
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