Società di Sant' Andrea Apostolo  - New Haven, CT  06511

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Saint Andrew Feast Procession and Blessing of the Boats in 1923


 4th Row Films, an award-winning documentary production company based in New York, whose previous films have premiered on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix, is currently producing a documentary film about Italian-American families.

The structure of the film is around Sunday Dinners and other times the family tries to get together.  Years ago almost every Italian-American family would gather for a traditional Sunday Dinner even as children became older and started their own families.  But as the world gets faster and we find ourselves spending more time communicating through our smartphones then across a dinner table - these rituals have become increasingly rare.  On the occasion when it does still happen it is often only a small portion of the family. 

The goal is to film a few families over the upcoming months with a focus on their family meals both small (Sunday dinner where sometimes it's the whole families and others maybe only two or three people) and large (holidays, birthdays, special occasions) in the process hoping to learn their family history, current story and see how they approach trying to keep their traditions and gathering as a family alive in today's world.

The ideal family for this film would be working out the challenges of holding on to their traditions and history as they become more assimilated and get further away from when their family first came to America. Of course, the film also hopes to see how each family creates their meals in both their old school and new school incarnations.

Their current film, director Douglas Tirola's DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is being released by Magnolia Pictures.

If you are interested in being part of this special project, know someone that fits this description or have any questions, please contact Maria at We encourage you to send in any information about your family you feel comfortable sharing - bio, photos, a story, or anything about how and when your family gets together that makes you a good fit for this project.

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