Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies,FREE

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College, CUNY

“Documented Italians”
Film and Video Series

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 6PM
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies
(2007), 58 min.
Steven Fischler, dir.

Filled with clips from classic films and an all-star list of interviewees, Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies takes a comprehensive look at the changing and diverse roles Italian-Americans have played on the silver screen. Selections from early films reveal the images that helped shape negative public opinion, while movies like Scarface, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Do the Right Thing demonstrate how the violent “wiseguy” image developed and evolved into nuanced portraits seen today. The issue of stereotyping isn’t a facile one. Commercial formulas also serve as wellsprings for creative expression for Italian-American film artists and this documentary offers compelling insights into how Italian-Americans use their art to transcend the stereotypes. Featured in the film are Ben Gazzara, Spike Lee, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, Marisa Tomei, John Turturro , and Jack Valenti, among others.

Post-screening discussion with director Steven Fischler and producer Rosanne de Luca Braun led by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Calandra Institute.

This screening takes place in

CUNY Graduate Center
Room C198
365 Fifth Avenue
between 34th and 36th Streets

This event is free and open to the public.
Screening begins at 6 PM.

Building management requires people attending events after business hours to pre-register with the Calandra Institute by calling (212) 642-2094. You will need to show a photo ID to the building’s concierge.

This event was made possible with a generous grant from The National Italian American Foundation (

For further information see our Web site
The Calandra Institute is a university institute under the aegis of Queens College .

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cabaret:Clemenza and Tessio are Dead ( November )

Directed by new GIAA member Simcha Borenstein
Producer/Writer Gregg Greenberg will comp 1 of 2 drink min.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paul Borghese produces Lamppost Reunion Off Broadway

Paul Borghese, President Emeritus , ran GIAA through the turn of the century, responsible for increasing membership from dozens to hundreds.

He is now producing Lamppost Reunion starring Vincent Pastore
You will recognize Mr. Pastore from
HBO "The Sopranos" and/or
Broadway Chicago and MANY movies.

for details.

Lamppost Reunion will open on November 7. The play will close on November 30, 2008.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Observations: 4 A’.s Fall Meeting by Councilor Carson Grant

Hats and gloves were left at the door, as I was surrounded by eloquent speakers and the sense of an artists’ unified missions, discussing the future of the 4A’s, a necessary judicial forum, a ‘checks and balances’ within the artists’ community, OR being unilaterally absorbed by the Department of Professional Employees (DPE).

Much was spoken of the importance of Labor unions and the decrease in membership, across all American trades. The history and victories of the unions for the individual; work conditions, health and welfare, are always being challenged by the employer’s bottom-line profit margin. Yesterday is already too late to be concerned; but with the few manning the front of workers’ justice, preparations have been continually developed to fend off the storms.

With concerns for the ‘new media’, presently in place and integrated in society’s daily lives; on the internet: streaming video of live and prerecorded materials, advertising using still and moving images, stock banks, data bases, archives, and libraries; portable storage players: chips, downloads, cd-rom and dvd, and the next generation satellite transmissions, the employers are all looking to collect and cash into the profits.

With this status of media usage universally, laborers spanning all arts and science, must be ready to protect the professional contributions of the individuals and groups. A call to the youth to step forward, educate oneself in the history and accomplishments of the labor movements, then join hands with the elder members, to become involved with issues effecting all workers nationally and internationally.

The 4A’s fall meeting, remembering past members, retirement, and a delicious contribution, concluded.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

GIAA film fest award winners and volunteer info

The official selections and award winners for the 2nd annual GIAA Festival of
Short Films and Videos have been announced; the complete list is available

If you are interested in volunteering at the film festival on Saturday October 4 and/or
Sunday October 5 in exchange for free admission, please contact Mara Lesemann at

Thanks to the judges who reviewed the many movie and screenplay submissions!