ITALIAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE COMMITTEE of NY, INC. Celebrates 100 years of Federico Fellini

On the hundredth birthday anniversary year of Federico Fellini, the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) will present a series of online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts, and fantasy. The series will highlight Fellini, the man and his legacy, including clips from some of his most famous films: La Strada, Notte di Cabiria, I Vitelloni, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord.

Federico Fellini, Italian screenwriter and director of many iconic films, was nominated for many Academy Awards, winning four for Best Foreign Language film and the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award. He also won prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. He received The Film Society of Lincoln Center Award for Cinematic Achievement. Fellini received the honor of Cavaliere di Gran Croce in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Beginning September 30th and through to November 4, the weekly Fellini Series will include a number of experts: Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University; Gianfranco Angelucci, screen writer, author, and Fellini collaborator; Mauro Aprile Zanetti, historian and author; Antonio Vitti, Professor of Film and Director, Scuola Italiana, Middlebury College; Giorgio Bertellini, Professor of Film Studies, Univ. of Michigan; Giancarlo Lombardi, CUNY, Professor of Italian and Visual Studies; Eugenia Paulicelli, CUNY Professor of Italian and Fashion Studies; Paolo Ceratto, author and son of Caterina Boratto, actress in three Fellini films; and others.

His screenplays drew on his childhood memories, experiences, dreams and fantasy, which in later years portrayed extravagant, baroque images. Giulietta Masina, his wife, starred in several of his celebrated films. His films also became noted for their set designs, costumes, and Nino Rota’s signature music. His filmography is so unique, it gave birth to the term Felliniesque and the word paparazzo.

The IHCC-NY, Inc. film series is a collaborative program with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, CUNY, and the Società Dante Alighieri NYC.

Schedule of Lectures

  • September 30 – Gianfranco Angelucci
  • October 7 – Richard Peña
  • October 14 – Mauro Aprile Zanetti
  • October 21 – Antonio Vitti
  • October 28 – Giorgio Bertellini
  • November 4 – Final Panel: Paolo Ceratto, Giancarlo Lombardi, Eugenia Paulicelli

The IHCC-NY’s Board of Directors is comprised of a volunteer group of leaders of the Italian and Italian American community, founded in 1976, with the mission of promoting, presenting and preserving Italian and Italian American culture in the Tri-State area. Its annual theme is mirrored by other states in their event programming through America.

During the year the IHCC-NY will host, coordinate or publicize theme related presentations, symposiums, seminars, a student essay contest, proclamations and tributes to Matera and its citizens in Basilicata and in the United States. Some board members have a direct connection with Matera as they have relatives or friends who live there. In addition, there will be a special recognition, the IHCC-NY’s highest honor, the daVinci award.

The Committee’s publicly supported educational materials, including theme related posters, bookmarks and booklets, will continue to be distributed free to educational, cultural and public institutions, ensuring the Committee’s ongoing education of the general public about the merits of Italian and Italian American culture.

Donations are welcome in support of Italian Heritage and Culture, click below or mail to: IHCC-NY, Inc., 25 West 43rd St., 17th Fl., New York, NY 10036, Attn: Joan Marchi Migliori

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