writer/director LUCIA MAURO
Before telling stories through film, Lucia Mauro of Chicago was a longtime theater/dance critic & arts/culture writer (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Public Radio, In Theatre Magazine), with close ties to artists in the live performing arts and film. Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People's Saint marks her third film. She is the writer-director of the 2014 short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, starring Danny McCarthy (Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods) as a man who honors his fallen U.S. Marine Corps brother by taking a pilgrimage to Rome in his sibling’s combat boots. In My Brother’s Shoes was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican in Rome. It also was featured in the 2015 International Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. Her 2016 feature, One Year Later, chronicles the life-affirming journey of a cancer survivor to the Italian Alps and is shown throughout the medical community for cancer support groups. It screened at Montreal's Views of the World Film & Music Festival, where it was nominated for Best Original Score by Enzo De Rosa. In 2020, Lucia premiered her short film, Voci del diario (Entries), which explores the life cycle through one man -- and his journal entries -- at different phases of his life: childhood, young adulthood, middle age and senior years. It was a Finalist for Best Drama at the 2020 Fotofilm Short Film Festival in Istanbul. Her documentary, titled I Have a Name -- co-produced by The Chicago HELP Initiative -- about individuals and organizations nourishing on many levels those experiencing homelessness, also premiered in 2020. It won Best Documentary at the 2020 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican and the Silver Award at the 2020 Spotlight Documentary Film Festival in Atlanta. In Summer 2021, Lucia completed production on her documentary, The Loneliest Road, inspired by Silvio Manno's book, Charcoal and Blood. Filmed in Fresno, CA and Reno and Eureka, NV, it chronicles the little-known 1879 Fish Creek Massacre in which five Italian-immigrant charcoal burners, striking for better wages, were shot dead by a sheriff's posse on the burgeoning mining frontier. It honors the multiethnic communities that shaped the American West. All of her films explore the idea of healing, resilience and human connection. Lucia is also the writer-host of an Italian TV pilot, The Cooking American. She is the author of a series of books in the performing arts for McGraw-Hill; a frequent culture speaker and radio personality; and was a featured guest on HMS Media’s Emmy-winning The Chicago Dance Project and Every Dancer Has a Story. Lucia, a former adjunct professor of Dance History: From the Renaissance to Present at Loyola University Chicago and the John Felice Rome Center, is a bilingual (English and Italian) Italy cultural historian and has written extensively on the country’s 20 multilayered regions and published two books of photography, Frieze Frame I: Textures & Colors of Italy and Frieze Frame II: Textures & Colors of Italy. She is a Loyola University Chicago graduate (honors, summa cum laude), with a B.A. in English and Communication. She was voted one of 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and awarded the Impresa Award by the Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans & the Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America.