Saturday, January 30, 2010

4th Annual GIAA Film Fest Now Open For Submissions

The 4th annual GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos - see -is now open for submissions! Submissions are welcome through Without A Box - - or by using the application on the web site.

The fest will take place Friday Oct 1 through Oct 3; movies with a running time of up to 30 minutes are welcome in 4 categories: fiction, animation, documentaries, and music videos. Awards will be presented for the best movie in each category, and Delicious Italian Gifts - - is providing great baskets of Italian goodies for the winner of the Audience Choice Award at each screening.

There is also a screenplay competition for both short and full-length screenplays; Final Draft - - is a sponsor again and the best short and the best full-length screenplay will each win a download of Final Draft 8.

We will once again present the Italian American Heritage Award to the movie or screenplay that best exemplifies the Italian American immigrant experience.

Finally, we're pleased to announce our first-ever cash award: the best movie AND the best screenplay (either short or full-length) will receive a $100 cash prize.

E-mail filmfest@giaa. us with any questions.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

M. Farina (writer-dir.) is casting several scenes from a character-driven comedy.

Shoots approx. Feb. through March in NY, plus possible additional dates.

Seeking—Jimmy: 37-47, Italian, native New Yorker; Robert: 40s, from Riverdale in the Bronx; Lorraine: 40s, Italian or mix, Lauper-esque, '80s style, native New Yorker; Johnny: 40-50, Irish or Greek, Jets fanatic, Queens-born, native New Yorker; Stacey: 40, Nassau native, Miami vibe. Also seeking—Parents: 60, small roles. Note: Actors must fit the descriptions for one or more of the above roles to apply. Especially seeking Italian-Americans and native New Yorkers/New Jersey. No experience necessary, but must be available for a serious commitment.

Email pix & résumés to No pay, but expenses provided.

Categories: Nonunion Film
Production Personnel: M. Farina, writer-dir.
Approximate production dates & locations: Shoots approx. Feb. through March in NY, plus possible additional dates.
Pay: No Pay
Male/female role: Male, Female
Age Range: Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49), Older (50-65)
Ethnicity: Caucasian/White
Nudity: No

Friday, January 22, 2010

GIAA Member Gary Morgenstein Book Reading Thur Feb 11

GIAA's Gary Morgenstein will do a reading from his newly-published book How To Find A Woman...Or Not (Volume 1) on Thursday February 11 at 8:45 PM at Local 269, a bar on Houston and Suffolk Sts in Manhattan.

The book is available on

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GIAA's Athena Masci on Theater Row next mont

Anthony Allesandro* Steven Hauck*Kate MacCluggage*
Athena Masci Kate Kearney-Patch*

Set in backwater Middletown, USA - STUCK tells the tale of two twenty-three-year-olds, Lula and Margaritah, best friends since they were five years old. They work at a dead-end job at a local video store during the day and hang out in the car at night, wishing they could get out of Middletown. Stifled by their environment, the joy and excitement that the girls once found in their friendship has sadly waned. Margaritah falls in love with an Argentine wheeler-dealer whose politics are as mysterious as his business agenda. Lula hits the bars and ends up with the man of no one's dreams. Both affairs end in despair, and each girl grows increasingly determined to escape the drudgery of their lives. But the price will be higher than either imagine. Try as they might, they may just be STUCK - for good.

(between 9th & 10th Avenues)


Scenic Designer�Brandon Giles��� Lighting Designer�Robert Lilly����
Co-Sound Designers�Drew Fornarola & John Fontein
Stage Manager�Andrea Wales*�
Press Representative�Shane Marshall Brown���
Casting by�Erica Jensen���� Assistant Director�Bryce Norbitz

Presented by
the scarlett theatre/film project�
Robert E. Schneider and Jack Thomas/Bulldog Theatrical


Phone: 212-279-4200


Thursday 2/11 at 8pm
Friday 2/12 at 8pm
Saturday 2/13 at 8pm
Sunday 2/14 at 3pm
Tuesday 2/16 at 7pm
Wednesday 2/17 at 8pm
Thursday 2/18 at 8pm
Friday 2/19 at 8pm
Saturday 2/20 at 8pm
Sunday 2/21 at 3pm�

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Reminder - Next reading is Wed Jan 20 at 6:30 PM

GIAA's next reading will be Wednesday January 20 at 6:30 PM; we'll be reading Gary Morgenstein's You Can't Grow Tomatoes in the Bronx.

The reading will be at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St., #21 J.

We still need 2 women to read, so please e-mail Mara Lesemann at or Gary Morgenstein at if you're interested and have not already replied.

The reading will be followed by a discussion of the play and feedback for the playwright.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Calling all Italian Families ! We are casting

Calling all Italian Families ! We are casting a new Reality Show for NBC

Do you love Cacciatore and Pasta ? Do you love being Italian ?
Did you grow up like I did where dessert was another piece of lasagna ?
Boston Casting is seeking Italian families with BIG PERSONALITIES who want to loose weight . We are looking for both parents and kids who need to loose weight.

The star trainer Jillian Michaels from the " Biggest Looser" will move into your house for a week, that's right I said star trainer Jillian Michaels will move into your house for a week and transform your lives. "Who's better than you ".


If interested send photos with name and phone number to