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Historian Lonnie G. Bunch,  founding director, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno

The filmmakers of Revolution '67, the winner of the 2008 John E. O'Connor award,  receive their prize from AHA president  Gabrielle M. Spiegel

Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons & Mothers, featuring Martin Scorsese, John Turturro and Rudy Giuliani, debuted on cable television, was nominated for an Emmy Award., and screened at the Venice Film Festival and Pesaro Film Festival.

Their award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, REVOLUTION ’67, premiered nationally on the PBS series “P.O.V.,” is distributed by California Newsreel, and is screening internationally in college, community, and  NEH Justice tours.  Funders include ITVS, P.O.V./American Documentary Inc, CPB, the NJHC and NJCH.  It’s the basis of a fictional film in development, Executive Produced by Spike Lee., received two national awards for outstanding film of American history from the AHA and OAH, and features a curriculum designed by Teachers College, Columbia U.

WATERMARK, also in development, is a love story set against the backdrop of post-Katrina New Orleans and the devastating floods in Venice, Italy.   Featured at Sundance’s Investing in Media That Matters, the Hamptons Writers Conference, IFP Market’s No Borders, and the Tribeca Film Festival/Sloan Summit., it was the centerpiece of a Johnson Foundation Wingspread Conference on Global Warming and Film funded by SC Johnson, The Park Foundation, Timberland, and major US environmental groups.  A related series of short films and photographs is in exhibition by PBS,  film festivals, museums and art galleries.

The Bongiornos are also currently in production on a documentary on eco-sustainable homes and short fictional films for an anthology called Love & Arguments.  They’re in development on a fiction feature film called "The Black Monk."

Just released is the second documentary in their 3Rs Trilogy on urban America called THE RULE, about Newark Abbey and St. Benedict’s Prep, which is the basis for a companion study guide created by Teachers College, Columbia University for policy makers and educators to use in discussions on urban school reform.  The film premiered in film festivals and, in September 2014, screened theatrically in NYC and LA and on national PBS.  In development is a fictional film on this subject called “Monks in the ‘Hood” co-written by the Bongiornos with Fr. Albert Holtz, O.S.B.

In 2013 and 2014, Marylou & Jerome were commended by the State of NJ and the City of Newark for their contributions to cinema and public knowledge. Upcoming is the third installment in their 3Rs Trilogy called Rust, addressing solutions to poverty.

In 2015, Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, awarded their Magis Medal to Marylou & Jerome for exemplifying scholarship, loyalty, and service in their work to better the world.

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They created television programs for John Pierson’s “Split Screen” which aired on Bravo and IFC, a Special one hour PBS program WORKING ACTORS (featuring Matthew Broderick, Edie Falco, Swoozie Kurtz, Anthony LaPaglia, Audra McDonald, B.D. Wong) for the Emmy award winning “City Arts,” and a film for Rainbow Media’s “Urban Indies.”

Historical Commission Chair Larry Greene; Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno; Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells; Historical Commission Executive Director Marc Mappen, Ph.D.

Bongiornos featured in Profiles of Italian Americans, Achieving the Dream and Giving Back

Their screenplay, LITTLE KINGS, is based on their New York Film Festival Grand Marnier Award winning short, won international writing prizes, and was produced with the $75,000 Richard Vague Film Production Fund Award and major support from SONY. LITTLE KINGS made its World Premiere in competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Golden Starfish Award, won the Festival Director’s Award for Best Feature at The Method Fest in LA, and garnered 4 top awards including Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.  It’s screening internationally.

Marylou and Jerome receive

The New Jersey Historical Commission

Award of Recognition

for Outstanding Service

to Public Knowledge and

Preservation of the

History of New Jersey

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are husband and wife filmmakers who formed their own production company, Bongiorno Productions.  Marylou, a  graduate/adjunct faculty of New York University’s Graduate Film Department, is a producer and director; Jerome is an editor, cinematographer, and animator.  The Bongiornos have created numerous fictional, documentary, art, and experimental films and screenplays. They’ve also exhibited their video installations in museums and galleries.  They’ve earned numerous international awards, an Emmy nomination, and received grants from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Martin Scorsese, Lew Wasserman, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Marylou receives proclamation from Newark City Hall

The Bongiornos were two of “20 for 2000 - Artists to Watch this Century,” as chosen by the Star-Ledger’s arts writers, “2 of 90 Interesting Members of Alpha Sigma Nu,” and are featured in the book Profiles of Italian Americans: Achieving the Dream and Giving Back.  They have extensive teaching experience, are frequent lecturers on film, and are the recipients of fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and Wildacres.

In 2009, the Bongiornos were commissioned by the Newark Museum for its centennial to create New Work: Newark in 3D, a solo exhibition in 2009-10 that was acquired for its permanent collection.  For 10 months, from 2013-14, Newark in 3D was installed in a specially-created gallery in Newark Liberty International Airport, most notably as the airport’s first art film, viewed by thousands of international travelers.  

Subsequent city symphony films in 3D include The Brooklyn Waterfront, presented at the Museum of the City of NY in 2010, and a current commission for the Staten Island Museum for their 2015 keystone exhibition in their new building in Snug Harbor called SI3D.

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