Award-winning filmmaker Anton Evangelista travels from the Bronx, New York to Perugia, Italy, in presenting “il Signor Jackson,” a unique American story of Cav. Edward Jackson PhD., an African American, who was born in Harlem and raised in a predominantly Italian American neighborhood in the Bronx of the 1950s, to becoming an educator in the New York City Public School System and prominent cultural figure of Italian biculturalism and bilingualism. The 40-minute documentary chronicles the life and contributions of a remarkable man, who truly embodies the Italian spirit. It was recently featured at the Manhattan Film Festival. La Nostra Voce (Our Voice) said of the film, “This is an inspiring story of how the beauty of both the Italian language and Italian American culture can enrich the lives of non-Italians who choose to embrace them as their own.”
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) selected the film as one of the 2018 grant selections for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Spearheaded by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the Film Forum is an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations.