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Short Film “Hearing Voices” Brings Together 2 Famous Italians

Newark-based filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno have created “Hearing Voices,” a 22-minute fictional film about General Giuseppe Garibaldi and inventor Antonio Meucci. The Emmy-nominated husband and wife have reunited the great men as ghosts within the Staten Island home that they shared in 1850s. In the film, the two men discuss their respective legacies of Italian Unification, the invention of the telephone and debate the bigger question of why people fight?

The movie was filmed on location at Antonio Meucci’s house, which is now the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (located at 420 Tompkins Ave in Staten Island, NY). Staring Tony Manna as Meucci and Tim Nicolai as Garibaldi, the film was produced with the support of the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and the Staten Island Foundation. Screenings of “Hearing Voices,” along with three of the filmmaking couple’s other films will take place at Cinema505, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ on Thursday, August 9th and Friday, August 10th at 7:30 pm followed by discussion with the filmmakers and special guests.