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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Director Salvo Cuccia to Present Documentary on Frank Zappa


Italian director, Salvo Cuccia will be presenting his acclaimed documentary, “Summer 82 when Zappa came to Sicily" at the Rochester Institute of Technology next month. The documentary, which premiered at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival, is a remarkable story which recounts a Frank Zappa concert that was scheduled in Palermo during the tumultuous summer of 1982, but had to be cancelled due to unrest in the city. Some 30 years later, the director, with ticket in hand, revisits that night and is accompanied by the late singer's wife, children and granddaughter as he takes them through the land of their origins and introduces them to relatives they never knew. The Zappa family goes on to receive honorary citizenship of Partinico, Sicily.

The director will present the film in a special "Screening and Master Class" that will take place on March 17th and 18th at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The screening is part of a fantastic series called, "See-cily." The month-long series will launch on March 5th with a photo exhibition and opening reception. The series will offer an in-depth exploration of Sicily, and will consist of lectures, exhibits and screenings on Sicilian folk life, opera, cinema.

Below is a list of special events. All events begin at 7:00 pm and will be held in the Vignelli Center University Gallery at RIT in Rochester, New York. Antonino Riggio's photo exhibit will run through March 27th.

March 5 - SEE-CILY PHOTO EXHIBIT OPENING AND RECEPTION
Mr. Antonino Riggio

March 11 - SICILIAN FOLK LIFE - LECTURE
Ms. Rosalba Pisaturo

March 12 - Cinema on the Island: from Vittorio De Seta to Salvo Cuccia - LECTURE     Dr. Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda

March 13 - SICILIAN OPERA - LECTURE AND SCREENING
Ms. Rosalba Pisaturo

March 17 - SCREENING AND MASTER CLASS with Director Salvo Cuccia
 “Detour De Seta”

March 18 - SCREENING AND MASTER CLASS with Director Salvo Cuccia
“Summer 82 when Zappa came to Sicily”


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