Eugenia Paulicelli, Founder and Director
Eugenia Paulicelli is founder and director of Italian Cinema – CUNY (IC-CUNY) and Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Her multidisciplinary research has been supported by several grants: a Mellon Mays, and from the Italian Foreign Ministry, Mellon Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities, several from PS-CUNY and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Queens College. She has also been granted international awards such as the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in 2013; and the Italian Ambassador of Design in Johannesburg South Africa in 2019, and others. She has given lectures as key-note or guest speaker in the US and internationally. She is editor, co-editor and author of several books, book chapters, special issues journals, and articles on the history and theory of fashion, cinema, and literature. Among her latest publications are: Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age (Bloomsbury 2016 and paperback 2017); Film and Fashion in the 1960s (co-editor Indiana University Press, 2017) Moda e Letteratura nell’Italia della prima modernità (Meltemi Press, 2019); and the recent article “Reframing History: Federico Fellini’s Rome, Fashion and Costume” (2019).
With Massimo Mascolo and Claudio Napoli she is working on a series of videos on “The New Made in Italy” (2019) that are based on her ongoing research on Italian excellence in fashion, design and industry. She has also curated exhibitions and is the founder of the partly digital project The Fabric of Culture. Systems in the Making () and is author of the book of the same title. This is a project that aims at the understanding of global fashion and its implication with the environment, climate change and social justice. In addition, the project aims to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between craft and technology, mapping alternative modes of production that highlight the crafts and local traditions around the world and in Italy in collaboration with organizations that focus on integrating and requalifying immigrant women and communities.
She is founder and coordinator of the Concentration in Fashion Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Queens College, she is currently Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Italian.
Deepsikha is a costume designer and costume historian. At Hunter College she enjoys teaching a diverse student body helping them visualize play scripts and ideas into living, breathing characters. She teaches students how to sew, make patterns, make masks, run wardrobe, and create their own work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially India, their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks, and makeup. At Hunter College, she teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Stage Makeup. Here she received an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor Award in 2015. Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 and 2017 by United Solo for her design of Butoh Medea and Hide Your Fire.
Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate Center with an emphasis on the material culture of performance. She has received notable grants for ethnographic research. Her scholarship has been published in Asian Theatre Journal, Dress (Taylor and Francis), Journal of Costume and Performance (Intellect), Fashion Practice (Taylor and Francis), and others. She serves as the dance director for Indo American Arts Council.
Massimo Mascolo was born in Como. He moved to Rome when he was 18 to study film directing and screenwriting. After graduating in directing and completing a Master in Screenwriting at the Scuola Fiction Mediatrade he accepted an invitation to collaborate with the Academy of Italian Cinema David di Donatello Awards. He has been part of the organizing team since 2003 and chief of planning for the awards ceremonies since 2010. In 2004 Massimo started re-organizing the historical photographic and audiovisual archives of the David di Donatello. He curated the official feature documentary for the 50th Anniversary of the Film Awards (2006) and co-curated a special issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2016). Combining his creative writing skills, his organizational experience and a growing knowledge of video-editing and post-production, Massimo has also been producing videos with his partner Claudio Napoli and the series on “The New Made in Italy” in collaboration with Eugenia Paulicelli
Claudio Napoli was born in Naples. Growing up he absorbed his father’s passion for fine arts and photography. Video and photography soon became Claudio’s passions. His career has been focused on video and film, starting off in the graphics and motion graphics field. During the 1990s he left Naples and moved to Rome becoming a partner at Proxima, which soon became the leading Italian company for visual effects in cinema. Between 1996 and 2010 Claudio worked on many film productions collaborating with acclaimed directors such as Tornatore, Angelopoulos, Parenti, D’Alatri, Verdone, Zeffirelli and Monicelli. He has been nominated for a David di Donatello Award in the Best VFX category for six consecutive years, winning in 2006 for the film Romanzo Criminale/Crime Novel directed by Michele Placido. Since 2010, Claudio has been working on more personal/independent video and photographic projects, while producing motion graphics commercials and corporate videos with his partner Massimo Mascolo. After moving to New York in 2014 Claudio has been exhibiting his photographic works in the USA, Italy and South Korea.
In 2019 Massimo and Claudio are finalizing and releasing the feature documentary Larry’s Garage – The Story of Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage, directed by Corrado Rizza as well as the videos on “The New Made in Italy” in collaboration with Eugenia Paulicelli.
Claude Napoli on IMDB
David Ward is Professor of Italian in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College. He is author of five books: four in English, A Poetics of Resistance: Narrative and the Writings of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Madison, NJ and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995); Antifascisms: Cultural Politics in Italy, 1943-46 Benedetto Croce and the Liberals, Carlo Levi and the Actionists (Madison, NJ and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996); Piero Gobetti’s New World: Antifascism, Liberalism, Writing (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010); and Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism: Stranger than Fact (London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017); and one in Italian, Carlo Levi: Gli italiani e la paura della libertà (Milan: Rizzoli/Nuova Italia, 2002). He is also co-editor, with Sciltian Gastaldi, of a volume of essays on the writings of the children and relatives of the victims of terrorism, entitled Era mio padre: Italian Terrorism of the Anni di Piombo in the Postmemorials of Victims’ Relatives, published in the Italian Modernities series by Peter Lang in 2018. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1999.