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Chicago-based writer/director Lucia Mauro and husband/producer Joe Orlandino – the co-founders of the non-profit film organization In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. wrapped shooting in Italy on their fourth short film, titled, Voci del diario (Entries).
The inspiring independent art film is a highly textured cinematic poem that explores the life cycle through one man – and his journal entries — at different stages: childhood, young adulthood, middle age and senior years. The live-action narrative short was shot in the Northern Italian cities of Brescia, Verona, Trento and the Dolomite Mountains.
The all-Italian cast includes Massimo De Santis (Netflix’s Baby, Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna). Original music is by Enzo De Rosa.
“It’s a film about memory, family and the legacies we leave,” Mauro told Reel Chicago. “It begins with a little boy receiving a journal/sketchbook from his grandmother for his birthday and ends with his own granddaughter’s fascination with journal writing. In between, he experiences joy, love, pain, loss and resilience.”
In addition to the film festival circuit, Voci del diario (Entries) will be presented to organizations that advance healing through journal and memoir writing. It is produced in association with Stillart of Milan and marks the DP debut of award- winning Italian photographer Giampietro Agostini, with camera operators Tommaso Perfetti and Pietro De Tilla and sound recordist Elvio Manuzzi.
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Voci del diario (Entries) follows on the heels of Mauro’s 2017 documentary, Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint, in honor of the great Italy-born humanitarian and patroness of immigrants who spent her final years in Chicago. Mother Cabrini founded 67 institutions – schools, hospitals and orphanages — in South America, the U.S. and Europe.
The film was an Official Selection of the 2018 Catholic Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea and is currently on tour.
Mauro’s previous films have all been met with many accolades.
Her feature, One Year Later, about a cancer survivor who takes a life- affirming trip to the Italian Alps one year after completing cancer treatment, screened at Montreal’s 2016 Views of the World Film & Music Festival, where it was nominated for Best Original Score. It is shown for cancer support groups and the medical community.
Her short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, starring Danny McCarthy (Elvis & Nixon, Boardwalk Empire) as the brother of a fallen U.S. Marine who embarks on a healing pilgrimage to Rome in his sibling’s combat boots, won Best Short Film at the 2015 Vatican Film Festival and was featured in the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner.
These films – which center on healing, resilience and human connection – are produced by In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation founded by Lucia Mauro and her husband, producer Joe Orlandino, dedicated to helping individuals and families suffering from the many forms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Funds raised from live screenings and related events go toward veterans, cancer research and humanitarian efforts. In the spring the couple also completed their first commercial feature, Rain Beau’s End, in Chicago as co-producers.
Stay tuned for a trailer…
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