Melodico

The barber turns singer and trades in his scissors for a keyboard and microphone

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Documentary Biography Immigration and Absorption Music Anthropology

Melodico is a short documentary chronicling the story of Tony Maiorino, a modern day Italian immigrant living in the Bronx’s Little Italy. Tony’s a normal guy on the surface. He runs a barbershop, he raises his family, he has his vices, but Tony hides a passion: between customers, the barber turns singer and trades in his scissors for a keyboard and microphone. The film follows Tony after the announcement that he will be singing at the locally famous Feast of Saint Anthony, the largest Italian event in New York City. Tony’s journey to the stage portrays not only his life but that of an entire community in its search for solidarity within its traditions and its nostalgia for a landscape left behind.

A film by Valerio Ciriaci

Awards: Best Student Film @ Short. Sweet. Film Fest

Festivals Screenings:

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (official selection) 
New Jersey Film Festival (official selection) 
Queens World Film Festival (nominated best short documentary)
Bif&st Bari International Film Festival (official selection)
ICFF Italian Contemporary Film Festival 
Via Emilia Doc Fest
Bolzano Short Film Festival

Director: Valerio Ciriaci

Produced By: Awen Films

Cinematography & Editor: Valerio Ciriaci

Additional Photography: Isaak Liptzin

Sound Recordist: Janna Kyllastinen

Sound Design: Casey Skodnek

Original Soundtrack: Andrea Marano, Casey Skodnek

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