"America's Last Little Italy: The Hill" wins at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards
The St. Louis produced documentary is named Silver award-winner
By: America's Little Italy: The Hill
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The documentary tells the story of The Hill, the St. Louis Italian-American neighborhood founded by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s. Much larger than other Little Italys, The Hill encompasses some 52 square blocks. While the most popular Little Italys across America have lost their ethnic identity, The Hill remains an actual Italian neighborhood, not just one street of tourist attraction restaurants and shops.
"We're tremendously honored that America's Last Little Italy: The Hill has been recognized on a global stage at this year's Telly Awards. It's so rewarding that our film continues to resonate with the people who watch it, regardless of if they're Italian-American or not," said director/producer Joseph Puleo. "To bring the remarkable story of The Hill neighborhood to the attention of people across the world has been our goal all along and this award will only help that cause."
Since its premiere, America's Last Little Italy: The Hill has garnered numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Best Documentary at the Venus Italian International Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Little Rock Italian Film Festival. The film was also an Official Selection at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival and featured at the St. Louis International Film Festival. The film's positive critical acclaim includes Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Costas who said the film was "captured with a clear eye and abundant heart." Additionally, the film continues to generate tremendous buzz not only regionally, but across the country and through social media.
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