|Cast: ||Tony Maiorino|
|Crew: ||Produced by: Awèn Films -
Director: Valerio Ciriaci -
Cinematography: Valerio Ciriaci, Isaak Liptzin -
Sound Recordist: Janna Kyllästinen -
Editor: Valerio Ciriaci -
Sound Design: Casey Skodnek -
Original Soundtrack: Andrea Marano, Casey Skodnek -
Still Photo by: Isaak Liptzin
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, trading in his scissors for a keyboard and microphone. The film follows Tony after the announcement that he'll 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.
Valerio Ciriaci was born in Rome in 1988. Fascinated from a very young age by the world of moving images, he shot his first short film in 2004 while still in high school. After a period dedicated mainly to VJing and Realtime Visual Performance, in 2007 he joined the multimedia collective Ab Kaspar, making Multiple-use Names and Psycogeography the main objects of its artistic research. In 2010, in conjuction with AkaRoma Project, he created a series of short investigative documentaries on social and urban reality in the city. In 2011 he graduated with a major in Communication Sciences at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome with a thesis on Jean Rouch and ethno-fiction. That same year he moved to Brooklyn, NYC, to attend documentary classes at New York Film Academy. In 2012 he founded Awèn Films and he continues to work as an independent documentary filmmaker.