Friday, October 31, 2008

Older Italian Gent needed for Bertolli commercial

This just in on the hotline : Natalie from Judy Keller casting
Bertolli pasta commercial.

Italian speaking with some German or Dutch preferred.

Call 212-463-7676 to arrange audition.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GIAA member Katie Ribis managing Lululemon Athletica

For all members' information, I am currently also working as a manager at Lululemon Athletica in Manhasset - the store's clothes are AMAZING for dancers, runners, working out in the gym, etc - they not only look great but feel great - designed expertly for exercise - with health and comfort in mind (members can read the lululemon website). And, the store offers free yoga classes every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am with various yoga masters. I am almost always there (except when performing) and would be so thrilled to meet other GIAA members!!!
Katie's email is

Photos from Union College NJ reading of Otto's Fortune

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ed Lataro's play: Otto's Fortune Union College, NJ

I had the pleaseure and privlige of performing the role of Otto this past Saturday at a staged reading of Otto's Fortune by Ed Lataro

Donna Castellano , Bravo Theater Co. artistic director. directed and played Martha

Brian James Grace played multiple characters ( Sal, the collector; Bingo Caller, and others )

John Hall read the role of Fred

Lori Hoffner read stage directions

I will add photos and set up a blog for just this project soon


Friday, October 10, 2008

Amazing WW2 story by way of GIAA'ss Lou Nargi

Kathy Hoey ASNAR Assn of Swissair North America Retirees & Employees

Dear Kathy & All at ASNAR:
Several months ago, the Italian Government launched
an investigation to determine how many concentration camps were established by
Mussolini in the Italian territory from 1922 to 1943. Prof. Coniglio was given the task
and in 1999 a book was written revealing that some 5,000 camps were opened imprisoning
over 50,000 men and women all against the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
My father and I spent close to 5 years in one particular camp, doing hard labor guarded by
the black shirts. I never talked about this devastating experience, for lack of proof.
Now,how ever, I strongly believe that people should know the facts of history.
Recently the National Italian American Foundation published the profile of my life
that was interned at age 11 to age 16 in one of the many camps.
Open the link and take a look at the article covering the events of one 11 year old Sicilian
that got swept away by the winds of World War II and was reborn....
Regards, Paul Minolfo.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Personal thanks re film festival

Thanks to all who participated as contributors and spectators.
This was a great event to be a part of. We will get photos and awards lists within a day or two.
Thanks again

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Anthony Scillia , "Bocce" writer wins Italian Heritage Award

Anthony Scillia, co-winner of Italian Heritage Award for his screenplay "Bocce"
surrounded by GIAA members Mara Lesemann and Carlo Fiorletta

Thursday, October 2, 2008