The Italians of Chicago

This blog is related to the documentary, "And They Came To Chicago: The Italian American Legacy," a program on the history of Italians in Chicago produced by Modio Media. For more information please visit our web site www.italiansofchicago

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

First Version of Promo Online

This a 4-minute version of our promo.

Please feel free to send us your comments.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous-Stunning-Heart wrenching Memories of Italian life and love of the family.
Italians have served this country, and they embeded their customs and culture in this great land. I am an American/Italian and proud of it. Thank You Gia/Modio staff

Sgt. Bill Jaconetti (Chicago)

October 26, 2006 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trailer is so real, touching and poignant. My mother came with her parents to Chicago, then returned to Italy and came to settle in San Francisco. I recently took my Italian name and her middle name back.I now live in the Chicago area. I am so very proud of our heritage! Molte Grazie! Grazia Francioli Bittner

October 26, 2006 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trailer gave me goose bumps. I can't wait to view the finished
project. I'm emailing my whole family and my friends (the majority of which are Italian) to let them know about this show. I am 2nd generation Italian American, and so proud that there is going to be a show like this.
Thanks for all your hard work.
Cynthia Mazzone

October 26, 2006 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an incredible project! This must be seen especially by those of us that are three and four generations away from the trip are grandparents made, and have only known the American Dream that the journey was made for. We need such a film now more than ever before the generations to come forget.

October 27, 2006 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People think and see what they want to believe, most of the time. I get taken for being Italian a lot.

Those who know me even a little, know that I'm not big on all of this "What are you?" and "Where are you from?"; mostly because I'm such a mutt. It doesn't really matter.

The point is: it's OK to be different; it's OK to know who you are and where you're from and be proud of it.

Most of all, don't let the American dream squash you down. Don't allow the pressure to fit in, change you forever into something you never wanted to be.

Stand strong! This trailer is doing just that, standing strong!

I know I already love this film. I'm so proud of my sister Gia (You to Bep). I miss her and love her very much!

October 27, 2006 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 5-minute trailer for the film "And They Came to Chicago" brought tears to my eyes because it was talking all about my family, about my immigrant mother and father and their ten children. All the people interviwed were all talking about us! But everyone watching this film will have the same impression: the film is all about their family! This film will also give courage and strength to Americans of other ethnic backgrounds who came to this marvelous land with the same dreams the Italians brought with them. I predict this film will receive many prestigious awards. I can't wait to see the whole film.

Father Gino Dalpiaz, C.S.

October 28, 2006 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trailer is passionate, and real. You can tell that the eye behind the camera comes from an Italain Family because of the heart beat you can hear as you watch it.

October 28, 2006 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well done, professional quality. The interview segments are touching and thought-provoking.

Some other comments:
- I needed to download the Apple QuickTime player to be able to play the trailer. You should state that either the plugin or player is required, and can be downloaded free from Apple.

You should also state what the minimum required computer configuration is. For example, will I be able to view it with just a dial-up connection?

- Captions for the speakers would aid in understanding each person's perspective. Name and occupation or other description would be helpful.

- The scenes from the religious festival (Maris SS. Lauretana?) are familiar to me but likely won't be to many viewers. Some sort of introduction would help.

Overall, it's a great harbinger of what the program will be.

Tony Buttitta

October 29, 2006 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

non sono un italo americano da italiano che ha appena lasciato il suo paese (di nuovo) non posso non pensare ai milioni che hanno fatto lo stesso viaggio prima di me ...con ben altre sicurezze e paure. Complimenti!!

Piervittorio Farabbi

November 6, 2006 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulazioni vivissime. While it is difficult to evaluate the film from this brief clip, it seems extremely promising. It is even more important given the deplorable events production of a clearly defamatory play at Batavia, IL, Rotolo Middle School.

Ben Lawton, Ph.D.
Chair, Film/Video Studies
Chair, Italian Studies
Purdue University

November 15, 2006 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Modio Media staff:


This trailer plays like a movie, the skill in which it was shot, the varied colors, the pacing, the soundtrack all play and say, teach:film, to us.

It is compelling and leads us in, as if we were watching it at home on
PBS or Channel 5; it is slick, too. It differs from the staid, polite,
video-flat, oldstyle 1980s typical PBS style "local" program, with its
attempts at grandeur but all set on a small scale; it succeeds at being
dramatic, epic, even; a filmic thing very different than your run of
the mill-seen-it before; it is not a part of a series; it is an
individual, your project; and your presentation of it really allows us
to participate in something compelling and direct, fresh and
attractive, framed and "directed".

You offer this to us, Good luck in editing the whole; I have never
seen television that looks like film; good going!
(I'd say use this power as you edit, and use this instinct with

November 22, 2006 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the trailer is any indication of what the finished product will look like, then I am extremely excited to see it. Congratulations on a project long overdue!

I was filled with pride in my Italian heritage as I watched the trailer. My fraternal grandparents came to Melrose Park in the early 1900's, both from Calabria. My maternal grandparents came to Chicago in the early 1900's, from Calabria and Sicily. I am a life-long resident of Melrose Park and proud to be Italian.

The trailer was also a mirror of my family and its long history in Chicagoland. Mille Grazie for all of your hard work and dedication in telling OUR story to America!

December 5, 2006 at 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great preview we need more films like this to let everyone know what the real italian americans have accomplished, and what we are all about.

Mille grazia

December 21, 2006 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! The scenes from the festival of Maria SS Lauretana brought back so many memories. You touched my heart! I cannot wait to see the finished product. My parents came to this country in search of a better life. They found it but let go of so much. It's comforting to know and watch others that have the same experiences. Congratulations

January 4, 2007 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great visuals and composition bravo!!! however please don't make another "god, mother and apple pie"documentary. visit the warts too--Italians and the race riots in 1919, pro fascist suppor. the trials: loss of the Hull house neighborhood, legacy of prohibiton crime, and some of the wonderful and positive creative moments of the 1991-1993 native american Italian american coalition. Italians did not exist in a vaccum.
they interacted with Poles, Greeks, African Americans etc.
this is an opportunity to break out of the mold and give the public something to appreciate not just a feel good once over.

March 17, 2007 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! What a wonderful homage to our fathers, mothers, grandparents. I just wish my parents were still with me to see this!!

March 20, 2007 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trailer touched my heart and brought back memories of my family's plight when they came over from Italy. I am proud to be a first generation Italian-American. Books, documentaries and anything to do with my Italian heritage fill my library.

I'm a published historical romance author who loves 15th century Italy. I have problems with agents and editors who tell me no one wants to read about Italian settings in that time period. Regardless, I have many book projects planned about Italians and Italy. I love hearing from other Italian-Americans. You can contact me through my website:

I am looking forward to seeing the documentary. I hope it's shown here in Southern California.

Bless you for taking on this project -- a sure labor of love.

April 7, 2007 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the program would be thorough and professionally done, but i had no idea, if the trailer is any indication, that it would be so beautiful and so remarkably moving.
You all know that one can hardly turn on the TV or radio or go anywhere without seeing Italians defamed and the same old tired stereotypes dredged up. We don't need to hear more about that. What we -- and everyone else -- needs, is this project, which may quiet the storm of what we usually hear about Italian-Americans, and which certainly will help to reaffirm for all of us Italian-Americans just why we are so proud of our heritage.

May 9, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Bill Jaconetti said...

All at Modio Media BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO. After viewing the Premier of And They Came To Chicago. That's the Italian Heritage I lived. American/Italians should alway's hold their heads high because we have shown our courage and commitment to America. I/we would have it no other way. I believe that my 5 Brothers and sister are My Mothers and Fathers dream. Bill Jaconetti CPD/MPPD

May 28, 2007 at 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching the promo, I am very anxious to be able to see the entire program. Dominic Candeloro and I worked together back in the 1970's and collected many of the photos that I have seen used in the promos. Is the show going to be available on Vegas PBS, Channel 10, in the Las Vegas area? I would really love to see it.

Rose Ann Rabiola Miele, Boulder City, NV

May 31, 2007 at 10:21 AM  

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