Friday, December 6, 2013

West Side part of immigration docudrama

        A docudrama about immigration in Western New York during the Great Depression, with reference to the West Side, will be shown at SUNY Buffalo State’s Burchfield Penny Art Center.
The film titled, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” details the Italian-American community from 1939 to present. It was written and directed by Michael Giallombardo and Joseph Giambra. The scenes were shot around all areas of Buffalo including a special cameo of Guercios and Sons Inc. on Grant Street.
         The next screening of the film will be  at 7:30 p.m. on  Dec. 12. General admission tickets are $10 each.
         Mary Ann Lauricella, a promoter for the show, explained how it took four years to produce and more than 450 volunteers dedicated their time. Buffalo State College helped support this production by giving a $6,000 grant towards this film. All stories featured are told through narratives and re-enactments of real-life situations.
         “So many people in the community gave their time and authentic materials. For example, a lot of interviews were done right on Buffalo State’s campus, where people provided letters that they had from loved ones who were away during World War II,” Lauricella said.
         One of the directors, Joseph Giambra, 80,  encourages people to see the history that lies within their own backyards.
         “There are parts of the film where people will laugh and parts where people will cry, but most importantly I want them to see all the memories that people have shared,” Giambra said.
         The screenings will offer DVD copies for purchase at the end of the film. By Marybeth Calabrese and Ally Selva