Film & Theater

Film & Theater

See: FOLK FESTIVAL, San Gennaro


Italian Film Commission
1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel. (323) 879-0950 Ext. 14
Fax (310) 203-8335

"The Italian Film Commission (IFC) is a division of the Italian Trade Commission (ITC) and operates as the promotional office for the Italian Entertainment Industry. The Italian Film Commission provides information and assistance to the American audiovisual industry by showcasing, promoting and assisting with Italian locations, facilities, and Italian crews above and below the line. The Italian Film Commission in 1998 became part of AFCI, the Association of Film Commissions International." The IFC organizes events, seminars, screenings, and participates in entertainment trade shows. It publishes a national production guide (consultable on its Web site), provides marketing research, and sponsors industry-related events. It functions as a liaison between the Italian film community, its services, products, and the U.S. industry.

Los Angeles, entertainment capital of the world, could not help but attract Italian (-and other) actors, set designers, producers, directors, and photographers from its earliest industry days to the present. There is a long history of Italians in "Hollywood," they are here today, and too numerous to list. They are both Italian and Italian American.

Efforts to promote Italian film in Los Angeles have increased in recent years, making this a high priority with the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura)ˇespecially under the ex-directorship of Guido Fink, professor of cinema at the University of Florence, Italy. You can see current Italian films in the Sala Rossellini of the IIC (see their monthly calendar online, or sign up to receive e-mail announcements). Further, LAIFA promotes Italian and Italian American film in America. Several Italian media maintain corresponding journalists in Los Angeles as well (See: MEDIA, Italian Journalists in Los Angeles). Here follows a very limited list of current Italians in film and TV:

Actors: Dom Deluise, Joe Mantegna, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Frank Agrama, Rose Colosanti, Paul Monte,

Directors: Carlo Carlei, Bernard Hiller, Andrea Barzini, Marco Brambilla, Michael Cimino

Filmmakers: Teo Ruspoli, Paolo Borraccetti, Evelina Luongo, Luigia Martelloni

Agents: Paul Attanasio

Costume Designer: Milena Canonero

Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Donald P. Bellisario, Doug De Luca

Production: Grazia Caroselli

Photography: Dante Spinotti, Kim Canazzi

From the IOHI Archives: Argentina Brunetti (nonagenarian Italian actress), interviewed by Guido Fink, Lorenzo Soria, 1 VHS video, 1 small video cartridge, (videographer: Valentina Pagliai), IIC, n.d.

Film Festivals

"The Los Angeles Italian Film Awards (LAIFA) founded in 1998 by Luigi Campanile, promotes Italian & Italian-American films. LAIFA's goal is to build a creative bridge connecting the Los Angeles and the Italian Filmmaking community, expanding Hollywood horizons by bringing Italy's finest new films and introducing the most promising talents."

Past LAIFA Honorees include: Joe Mantegna, Bill Conti, Asia Argento, Dante Ferretti, Joe Bologna, Paul Sorvino, Gordon Mitchell, Enrico Lo Verso, Pietro Scalia, Brenda Vaccaro, Giorgio Moroder, Carlo Rambaldi, Dante Spinotti, Giancarlo Giannini, Franco Nero and Tony Renis

Of related interest:

MIFF: Milan Film Awards:

Cinema Italian Style:
(See: CELEBRATION, Cultural Events, Italian Week)

Screening Rooms/Cinema

ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood
6360 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Tel) 323) 464-1478

Frequent location for Italian film in Los Angeles (between Vine and Ivar, with DeLongpre to the south).

Sala Rossellini, c/o Istituto Italiano di Cultura (See: INSTITUTIONS, Government)

Italian Cinema Courses

Thomas Harrison
Dept. of Italian, UCLA

Karen Pinkus: Dept. of French and Italian (Chair)
University of Southern California
Tel. (213) 740-0104

Luisa Riva: c/o Dept. of French and Italian, USC (above)

Alessandro Pirolini: UCLA Extension ("The Language of Filmmaking")


Italian theater of course, does not belong to Italians alone and any well-healed Westside cultore of the arts will have a season's pass to the Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (See: PERFORMING ARTS, Music, Opera). The LA Philharmonic has many Italians on its various councils (among whom Mirella Ventress). But you can occasionally also see live theater in the intimate Sala Rossellini, at the IIC (donated and refurbished by Rossellini).

Rita Andriello

Singer/actress/playwright. Wrote, sang and acted in "Tomatoes on A Window Sill," a play about her Italian family.

Lou Cutello

Actor, playwright.

Of related interest:

Theater History, Opera: Michael J. Hackett, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television