Each year in Gloucester the Sicilian-American community eagerly anticipates the Feast of San Giuseppe. As they do in Italian-American neighborhoods around the country, family and friends gather on March 19th to share “La Tavolata di San Giuseppe.”
The film Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph ~ A Community Film Project is a celebration of family traditions, and how and why the nine-day novena and the feast are celebrated in Gloucester. Through interviews and narration, you’ll meet members of Gloucester’s Italian-American community and experience Gloucester’s unique customs and special feast foods, prepared only during the nine days leading up to and during the Feast of San Giuseppe.
My original hope was to have completed the film and release it to the community on Saint Joseph’s Day 2014. There are, however, several very important elements missing, and they can only be filmed during the days leading up to Saint Joseph’s Day. In lieu of presenting the finished film on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, 2014, we will be releasing a short 5-minute film trailer. Stay tuned for more details!
To bring this project to life, many families have granted interviews, given generously of their time, and opened their homes and hearts. My deepest thanks goes to Felicia Ciaramitaro for her assistance at the project’s onset, especially in organizing the family interviews, and to Sefatia Romeo Thekan for her continued help and guidance.
My most hearfelt thanks goes to all who have so far contributed to make this a very special film. If you would like to participate in creating Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph ~ A Community Film Project, please contact the director, Kim Smith, at email@example.com. Much more is to come, with many wonderful surprises. Stay tuned for updates as filmmaking takes place during the Feast of San Giuseppe, 2014!