Documentary produced by St. Louis AMERICA’S LAST LITTLE ITALY: THE HILL wins silver at 42nd Telly Awards
Read my interview with filmmaker Joseph Puleo HERE and read Jim Batts’ review on AMERICA’S LAST LITTLE ITALY: THE HILL HERE
THE LAST LITTLE ITALY IN AMERICA: THE HILL. the award-winning documentary about the most venerable Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, was named the winner of a Silver Award for General History for Non-Airing at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards.
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The documentary tells the story of The Hill, the Italian-American neighborhood of St. Louis founded by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s. Much larger than other Little Italys, The Hill encompasses some 52 square blocks. While the most popular Little Italies across America have lost their ethnic identity, The Hill remains a true Italian neighborhood, not just a street of tourist attraction restaurants and shops.
“We are extremely honored that America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill was recognized on the world stage at this year’s Telly Awards. It’s so gratifying that our film continues to resonate with people who watch it, Italian-American or not, ”said director / producer Joseph Puleo. “Bringing the remarkable history of The Hill to the attention of people around the world has always been our goal and this award will only help that cause. “
Since its creation, America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the Venus Italian International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Little Rock Italian Film Festival. The film was also selected as an official selection at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival. Positive reviews for the film include Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Costas, who said the film was “captured with a clear eye and a bountiful heart.” Additionally, the film continues to generate a huge buzz not only regionally, but across the country and via social media.
America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill is currently distributed to PBS stations across the country by NETA and is available on DVD, where it has already made over 5,000 sales and is streamed for rental or purchase via Amazon Prime Video.