Tuesday, March 30, 2010

InkTip to sponsor Full-length Screenplay Competition

We're pleased to welcome Ink Tip as a sponsor of the Full-length Screenplay Competition portion of the 4th Annual GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos.

Submissions are welcome through Without A Box or by using the application form on the festival's website:

Ink Tip will be awarding the following prizes:
i. Grand Prize and Best in Genre Winners can place their winning script on InkTip’s password-protected website marketplace for 6 months free (a $60 value). To redeem this prize, winners must at least place their winning title, logline and synopsis, and can opt to place their script and/or treatment.

All winning titles and loglines that are listed with InkTip will also be featured in one of InkTip’s weekly newsletters emailed to entertainment professionals (a service not available to the public).

The Grand Prize winner will also receive a free title and logline listing in the InkTip Magazine mailed to nearly 4500 entertainment professionals and e-mailed to thousands more (a $40 value).
*The winning title, logline and synopsis (at least) must be listed with InkTip

Monday, March 29, 2010

GIAA represented at Backyart Int'l Film Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Troy Dane (left) and Simcha Borenstein (center) starred in Calamity 666 by Carlo Fiorletta (pictured at right). The movie premiered Saturday March 27 at the 2nd Annual Backyart International Film Festival in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn (www.backyartbrooklyn.com )

The festival is a collaboration between Backyart and the Attic Studio (www.theatticstudio.net ) in Dublin, Ireland. Filmmakers had 78 hours to produce a short that included the sentence "Don't make me go out there!"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NYC Opera Lincoln Center Madama Butterfly Shows

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Spring Season 2010
Chabrier’s L’√Čtoile: March 18 – April 1 / Abridged Family Matinee: April 3 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: March 19 – April 18
Handel’s Partenope: April 3 – April 17
Tickets, video, and more at www.nycOpera.com

Friday, March 19, 2010


Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010, 11:47 AM Pacific


PRODUCER: Bootleg Productions And HBO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Terrence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Van Patten




50–80 years old, native Italian, must speak fluent Italian. Knowledge of the card game Briscola a plus.

Italian American Arts Festival Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m.

This Festival will celebrate the contributions of Italians
> and
> Italian-Americans to the arts, especially literature and
> the visual
> arts. The day’s events will include readings by the five
> finalists
> from the Art Center’s Contest in Italian-American Short
> Fiction; the
> winner will also be announced that day and awarded a $200
> prize.
> Award-winning Italian-American fiction writer, poet and
> essayist,
> Paola Corso, will read some of her own work at the
> Festival. An
> exhibit of artwork by Italian-American artists will be
> presented in
> the downstairs Studio.
> Tickets are $7 and include entry to the readings and art
> exhibition.
> Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Delicious Heights of
> Berkeley
> Heights. You may purchase tickets securely using PayPal
> from our
> Ticket Reservation page. For more information call
> 908-753-0190 or
> e-mail us at wacenter@optonline.net.
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> Freelance Writer, Editor and Photographer
> (212) 781-9009
> (917) 270-6390 (cell)
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> or mtluongo@hotmail.com

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Italian dual citizen for work? Please contact ASAP

Contact Miriam directly. phone:001 212 269 3438
> Subject: Press request public german TV
> To: info@giaa.us
> Dear Dear GIAA/Team,
> this is a exceptional press request: My name is Miriam, I am a reporter
> for the huge public german TV Station "Deutsche Welle"
> (http://www.dw-world.de). It is broadcasting worldwide and comparable with BBC
> world.
> At the moment I do a complicated research and thought that you could
> probably help me. We want to make a small movie on the rough thesis,
> that within the crisis more and more Americans try to find out their
> European or other foreign roots. In mind that they probably get the
> possibility to get a second passport and dual citizenship in hope that
> they have better, or additional job-chances in the country of their
> forefathers.
> For that I am looking urgently for someone who is applying for a dual
> citizenship to work in Europe. For example an Italian-American who wants
> to work in Italy. I thought probably you could help me and know somebody
> over your network?!
> I am a videojournalist, which means it’s not a big deal with a whole
> camera-crew – it’s just me and a small handheld-camera who would like to
> meet the person.
> Thank you so much for a reply, even when it’s negative – then I can
> change my research-strategy. Maybe you have an advice how I can find
> such a person?!
> Warm regards
> Miriam
> miriam braun
> ....................
> radio correspondent & VJ
> financial & business
> new york german press
> 001 212 269 3438

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dues notices & elections

Dues notices will be mailed out beginning this week.

Elections for GIAA officers for a new 3 year term will take place on Wednesday May 5 at 6:30 PM at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St (at 8th Ave), apt 21J.

Write-in and e-mailed votes will be accepted; votes can be submitted via e-mail to info@giaa.us.

GIAA president Carlo Fiorletta is running the following slate; anyone wishing to run an opposing slate should communicate that by e-mail to info@giaa.us by April 24.

President: Carlo Fiorletta
1st Vice President : Carson Grant
2nd Vice President : Debbie Klaar
Secretary/Treasurer: Mara Lesemann
Councilor: Lou Nargi
Councilor: Elaine LeGaro
Councilor: Ron Piretti
Alternate Councilor: Simcha Borenstein
Alternate Councilor: Lauren Cozz

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Free Reading and Reception Fri.26-Mar 4:15-7:30 p.m.

The Role previously reported as performed by Rosella Rago was read by Melissa Russo as reported by Melissa Russo. Corrected 23-Oct-2010

The UFT Italian-American Committee Theatre Group presents
A Dramatic Reading from Yesterday’s Sky
a novel by Angela Rago
performed by Frizzi & Lazzi the Olde Time Italian-American Music and Theatre Company
Friday March 26, 2010 4:15-7:30 p.m. at the downtown UFT-HQ 52 Broadway 2fl NYC Admission is free
Reception to follow
The UFT Italian-American Committee celebrates Italian-American women during Women’s History Month 2010 with a reading from Angela Rago’s latest novel, Yesterday’s Sky The novel explores the daily lives of various Italian women in a small town in Southern Italy, how they struggle to survive, to improve their situations and harbor their dreams of emigrating to America. Reading will be performed by the Frizzi & Lazzi Theatre Company. Readers include Paula Minichino, Angela Rago, Emelise Aleandri, Josephine Maietta, Melissa Russo, and Fiorentina Russo.
Angela Rago, actress, playwright and artist, was born in Bari, Italy, has a B.A. in Literature from Brooklyn College and pursued Advanced Studies in Italian Literature at NYU. She has written and directed extensively for the Italian-American theatre. Her comedies in the Molese dialect, among them L’Amante Vedova, played very successfully in Brooklyn and Manhattan. As an actress she was featured as Shake's Mother in the film, Sleepers, and performed in several Italian Radio commercials and plays with the ICN Network, and Italian voice-overs for the Children's Museum in New York.
GIAA's Dr. Emelise Aleandri is Chair of the UFT Theatre Committee and Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi. Her books, The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City (Arcadia) and (Edwin Mellen Press), were presented at the UFT in 1999 and 2006. She has produced and performed in numerous UFT theatre productions.
For further information call George Altomare: (212) 598 7771

Thursday, March 11, 2010

GIAA Member Gary Morgenstein's new radio show

GIAA member, conservative author, and playwright Gary Morgenstein is teaming with liberal model/actor Frederic Germay in a weekly BlogTalk Radio program called Purple Haze. They'll discuss news, politics, and pop culture from their very different political & generational perspectives at 9 PM on Thursdays.

Listen, call, and talk back here: