Inventor Antonio Meucci and General Giuseppe Garibaldi reunite  as ghosts at the home they shared in 1850s, Staten Island, NY.  The two hash out their legacies of Italian Unification and the invention of the telephone and debate the bigger question of: why do we fight?  


Filmed on location at Antonio Meucci’s house,

which is now the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.

Starring Tim Nicolai as Garibaldi and Tony Manna as Meucci

Fictional Film: 22 minutes

“Smart film! The conversations between Meucci and Garibaldi are, to be sure, the ‘voices' that everyone should ‘hear'. The Bongiornos have succeeded yet again, and we’re all the more fortunate for it!"


Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri

Dean, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

"In their short historical fiction film, HEARING VOICES, the Bongiornos enter the realm of presenting and interpreting the past anew—a Lin Manual-Miranda-like treatment minus the pop music. Set at a historical site in Staten Island, the “ghosts” of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and inventor Antonio Meucci reunite in the home they shared in the 1850s, a time of angst toward immigration and tumult over new technologies in an altogether different New York City. The Bongiorno duo has entered a new realm with HEARING VOICES and other historical and heritage sites should take notice—a short film of historical fiction can re-interpret the past as well as bring it alive!"


Dr. Tom McCabe

Historian, Rutgers University-Newark