Italian American Women and Film

On Thursday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in Brantl Hall in Dickson Hall, the director Nancy Savoca will present and answer questions on her film Household Saints (1993). This comic and touching film traces the lives of three generations of Italian American women, their position in Italian American society, and their relationship with their culture and religion. It stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Tracey Ullman, and Lili Taylor, and is based on Francine Prose's novel of the same name.

Nancy Savoca, an independent filmmaker, after winning a student film award from NYU for her short films Renata and Bad Timing, made her feature directing and co-screenwriting debut with True Love (1989), a comedy about Italian American courtship and the ritual of marriage in the Bronx. In 1991, Savoca filmed Dogfight, her first Hollywood production. She returned to independent filmmaking with Household Saints in 1993. Her most recent feature film was released in 1999, entitled The 24-Hour Woman, and starred Rosie Perez.

Savoca has also gained recognition for her work on the small screen. In 1995, she was asked by Stephen Bochco to direct an episode of "Murder One" (ABC) and did episode five of the ongoing series. She directed both the "1952" and "1974" segments (as well as the scripting of all three) of If These Walls Could Talk (1997) for HBO. For this and more information, visit

This event is free and open to the general public and is part of the Italian American Film Festival sponsored by the Italian American Student Organization, the Office of the Dean of the CHSS, and the Department of Spanish and Italian.