Watch the New Trailer for Reimagining Sicily and Tell Us What You Think

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Sicily 2x4 banner smallTake a look at our new trailer. Let us know what you think. Prospective broadcasters of the film want to know if you are interested in Sicily. They need to hear about the importance of films like this one, films that represent Sicily as it is. Help us out at this important stage in the project. There is a discussion group at the link to the trailer. Your words of support will move the film to the next stage. Thanks so much, Mark Spano

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For more information write to: reimaginingsicily@gmail.com

Logline: Reimagining Sicily takes the viewer to a place relatively unknown to the public, a place of spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights and historic sites.

Synopsis: Little has been produced about the cultural or historic relevance of Sicily. The sicily 1most invaded place on the planet, the three-sided island rivals Greece and Egypt as a primary source for Western ideas. Reimagining Sicily takes the viewer to a place more fascinating and more diverse than other Italian region. This journey demonstrates that fewer places on the planet compare to Sicily for a story of spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights and historic sites. Because of the island’s great natural abundance and its strategic location in the Mediterranean, at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, ownership of this rugged and fertile terrain has been contested for millennia. But for crime, Sicily has gone unexplored. The island’s association with the Mafia, so deeply entrenched in popular consciousness, has obscured more rounded and accurate depictions of its history and culture.

Director’s Statement: I made the film Reimagining Sicily because so little has been Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 6.33.58 PM (2)produced about the cultural or historic relevance of Sicily. The most invaded place on the planet, the three-sided island rivals Greece and Egypt as a primary source for Western ideas. Sicily is more fascinating and more diverse than other Italian regions that have been thoroughly documented, some to the point of overexposure — for example, Tuscany.
Few other regions compare to Sicily for a story of epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights and historic sites. Because of the island’s great natural abundance and its strategic location in the Mediterranean, at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, ownership of this rugged and fertile terrain has been contested for millennia. But for crime, Sicily has gone unexplored. The island’s association with the Mafia, so deeply entrenched in popular consciousness, has obscured more rounded and accurate depictions of its history and culture.

Mark Spano, Writer/Producer/Director                    Website          Reel                        13517632_1346007592081696_2552064491800632429_o I am Mark Spano, President of Mark Spano Communications, Inc. I have over thirty years experience in film and television production, performing arts, arts management and fundraising. I have recently completed a definitive documentary on Sicily entitled Reimagining Sicily. I produced Carolina Countryside, a weekly public television series. After airing across North Carolina, Discovery Home & Leisure picked up the series for national broadcast.
I produced, directed and wrote the following television programs: The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell, noted North Carolina painter; Television series in cooperation with Preservation North Carolina. Nationally known television interviewer Charlie Rose narrates these programs; Models of Teaching, a national television series on excellence in education; andI produced several successful pledge specials for public television.
I have also produced live events for television, corporate marketing videos, a huge variety of television and radio spots for retail advertising, for political candidates and as public service announcements.
For the greater part of my work, I actively engaged in securing funding for film, television, community and arts projects. As Executive Director of a Florida-based performing arts venue, I markedly increased ticket sales and concessions revenue. I raised the quality of national acts brought into the Tampa Bay area, presenting national Jazz and Classical artists the rank of Chick Corea and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. I introduced new ballet series and a Steinway piano series. I continually expanded programming for younger audiences including acoustic pop, bluegrass and blues. I was successful in attracting a non-polarized audience to general programming events such as opera, jazz, dance and others.
I hold an MBA from Marymount University of Virginia and an MA from the American University in Washington, DC. I also hold dual US/Italian Citizenship.

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Other Links:

Reimagining Sicily Press Release 050616

Mark Spano Communications, Inc. Rolls Out 5 Minute Video for “Reimagining Sicily”

For more information write to: reimaginingsicily@gmail.com

23 Responses

  1. Charles

    My father was from Caltanissetta and my mom from Spadafora in Messina. I was born in the US and have not been to Sicily. All my family uncles, aunts,cousins are of Sicilian heritage. I am old now and miss the large gatherings, the sing-song dialect, the hearty laughing, the hugs, the kisses, the Mediterranean faces of my relatives and of course the abundant food. In all the travelogues of Sicily and Italy that I have viewed I rarely see the native people depicted. I want to see the faces of my family in the faces of the Sicilian people. From the trailer, it seems like you may offer this.

    • Jenifer

      I agree completely, I too have a father who was born in Sicily, but all my Sicilian relatives are old or have died, and the younger generation doesn’t speak Sicilian or live like a Sicilian. I want to see the country and the people my grandparents came from, the culture, not just landmarks and pictures of nature. The people.

  2. Andy Maass

    The trailer is like dipping your finger in the frosting to get an intriguing taste! It makes you want to see more – more food, more people, more amphi-theaters and ruins, and more beaches.

  3. Tom Filingeri

    My Parents are from the Palermo province and I am very pro-Sicily, but I notice that many foreign born Sicilians do not appreciate their homeland, this film goes a long way towards educating them and also those who have such a skewed view of Sicily that they really believe there are mobsters everywhere and that Sicilian can’t be trusted

  4. Sue Giallombardo Walker

    My grandparents immigrated from Sicily to Cleveland OH in 1909 and 1913..My siblings and I never knew them. My father had few memories of his mother who died in 1924. His father insisted they speak English at home so that my dad would finish school and eventually got a work scholarship to Univ of Illinois. He went on to a success coaching career and is in the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame USGymnastics Hall of Fame, etc. I say that because it was only about 10 yrs ago when I turned 60 that I began an intense interest in my Sicilian heritage. My sisters and I went to Sicily on the 100th anniversary of our grandmother’s immigration (1913).
    What a brave woman to leave all her family behind and bring their 4 yr old daughter to join my grandfather in the US. They were from Sant’Agata di Militello. On our visit we found the house where he was born in 1880, visited the church where they were married and met people with whom we stay in touch through facebook. The experience was life changing for me. Very emotional and in a way, like coming home.. though we had never been there before. The story of Sicily must be told..Millions of her “children” who immigrated elsewhere, I suspect may feel the same connection we felt.
    I wish you great success with your film.

  5. Tim TenClay

    I’ve lived in Palermo for about a year (American) and also work in Trapani and Marsala. Absolutely lovely trailer! I can’t wait to see more!!

  6. I absolutely love this project! Everything from the music to the footage makes me feel as if I’m actually there. I’m quite tempted to just buy a plane ticket and go right now to experience it all for myself!

  7. Giuseppe Mazzarella

    It’s an interesting idea to promote the Sicily!

  8. Very much looking forward to seeing the film after viewing the trailer. I’ve always wanted to go to Sicily, so this is definitely of interest to me.

  9. Very interesting trailer. I look forward to watching it all during a possible great event in Palermo or anywhere in Sicily. Can’t wait for that!

  10. Terry Gagliardo Kuhlmann

    Wonderful to see this! Makes me want to return to Sicily – a truly remarkable place for culture, history…and food! Can’t wait to see the whole film.

  11. Terry Gagliardo Kuhlmann

    Great project. I am of Sicilian heritage and have just begun to appreciate what a diverse and rich place it is. A story that needs to be told

  12. What a wonderful trailer for a fantastic journey by film, to an island I MUST now visit.

  13. Terry Milner

    This trailer is as gorgeous as the island itself. There is such depth to this film, if one can tell anything from a trailer: from the volcanoes to the mafia to the food and the people and the entire way of life. It’s beautifully captured and gorgeously conceived.

  14. Such beautiful scenery! I’ve always been fascinated by Sicily and from the trailer, I know this film’s cinematography and historical narrative will be a pure delight. Though I have no Sicilian ancestry, it’s the images of the Sicilian people, living rich family oriented lives rooted in hundreds, if not thousands, of years of tradition that really captures my imagination. I eagerly look forward to learning about this majestic island and the lessons of its people. When and where can I see the full feature?

  15. Doug Hermes

    Very nice trailer. I look forward to watching the film someday. I absolutely love cultural, culinary and civic Sicily and have visited several times. A wonderful and joyful place.

  16. Alberto Fioretti

    The video wasvery nice. My maternal grandparents were from Contessa Entellina. I have been to Italy a number of times and finally made it to Sicily a year ago October. I plan to return this Autumn. Italy is great but Sicily is Better!

  17. I watched the trailer . I want more !! My family is from Sicily. What a beautiful country.

  18. Pat Ludwig

    Beautifully shot and full of life… Looking forward to seeing the entire film!

  19. This is obviously a passion project and your passion is infectious. I’m envious that you got to go see these wonderful places firsthand and ultimately curious to see the rest of what you have to show. Additionally, I have met people from Sicily who immediately said that they would love to see this feature, if given the opportunity, so I definitely think there is an audience that would willingly appreciate your work on this project.

  20. Henry Barth

    People interested in Sicilian culture should become members of Arba Sicula.

    http://www.arbasicula.org/

    Arba Sicula (Sicilian: Sicilian Dawn) is a not-for-profit international society whose main objective is the preservation and promotion of the Sicilian language and culture. Its administration is located in Mineola, New York. The majority of members are also from the United States, although there are also members from Sicily, Canada and other countries where Sicilian immigrants are found in large numbers. The society was founded in 1979.

    Arba Sicula publishes two issues per year of its bilingual journal of the same name, and the twice-yearly magazine Sicilia Parra. Both publications are among the very few printed periodicals available in Sicilian. Both publications contain poetry, essays and news items about Sicily and the Siculo-American community. Arba Sicula also has a publishing arm that publishes many books on matters relating to Sicily and/or in Sicilian.

  21. Bernadette

    I enjoyed the short trailer and very much want to see this documentary! My mother’s parents and older siblings emigrated from Sicily to America in 1913/14. The family name was Buscemi, and I know there is tiny village by that name in Sicily but I think they lived near Palermo before leaving Sicily. My own mother was born in America about two years after they arrived in America. I would love to see it all in person someday soon, having had only one splendid day in Sicily (Taormina) while on a Med cruise.

  22. Patrick C Byrne

    This brought back a flood of memories. My parents were from Ireland but I became a motherless child at five. My Irish aunt had married Carlos DiPaola from Palermo and I spent a good part of my youth in their house. Uncle Carlos had an enormous extended family and I became part of it. Holidays, birthdays were an exuberant celebration of food and love. I discovered opera in these surroundings, an absolute passion that led me to writing about the art(a book on Maria Callas), and founding a record company devoted to her, OMBRA Records.
    Mr. Spano’s film is like one of the old master’s suddenly animated as only something Sicilian can be.
    Patrick C. Byrne

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