Film Fundraiser

Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California

On April 6 and 7, the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation (NBICF), the Santa Rosa Junior College Department of Modern & Classical Languages & American Sign Language and the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County will host filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien for the screening of their film, “Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California”.

Finding the Motherlode documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California. Through stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, including Sonoma County, this film examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State. It is also a look at how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America. To learn more about the film & the film makers, visit the official film site by clicking here.

      • Sunday, April 6, 4:30-7:00 pm – Finding the Motherlode: Italian Immigrants in California – Special Film Documentary on the Italian Immigration to California at Carole Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa JC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy. Prior to the filming there will be a reception with light refreshments and following the film there will be a post screening discussion with the filmmakers.
        Tickets $10/ SRJC Parking $4. Tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets – click here to order.

        Tickets will also be available for purchase at the NBICF March 16 Dinner at the Veterans Hall, 5:00 PM. 
        Tickets for “will call” at the theater may be ordered by mail until April 3 by sending check for $10 per ticket to NBICF at 64 Brookwood Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404 – Call 707-591-9696 for more information.
    • Monday, April 7, 5:00-7:00 PM – NBICF and the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County host Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, directors and producers of Finding the Mother Lode, for a fireside chat and wine reception at the Sonoma County Wine Library, 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg. The reception highlights a few of the winery principals interviewed in the film including Cellar #8 at Asti Winery, Pedroncelli and Seghesio. Artisan cheese and local bread will accompany the wine tasting. The directors will speak briefly about their project and also will have the DVD for sale at the event.Tickets: $25 to the general public, $20 for NBICF members Wine Library AssociatesTo purchase tickets see Fireside Chat with Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurine at by clicking here.