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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