Brooklyn in July
Directed by Bob Celli and Laura Delano
“Brooklyn in July” is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of a better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. He is a man scarred by a past that is lurking skin deep.
Filmmakers Bob Celli and Laura Delano are scheduled to attend.
GI Film Festival San Diego Nomination
Best Narrative Short
Bob Celli is an award-winning producer, director, and actor. Most recently Bob wrote and directed Figs For Italo, a short film based on a true story and inspired by actual events. The film was an official selection at 33 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and garnered 13 awards and 13 additional nominations, including Best National Short, Best Dramatic Short, Special Jury Award – Short film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Bob also wrote and directed the short film Going Home. He and Laura Delano created DelanoCelli Productions. DelanoCelli Productions work-shopped and produced the world premiere of “Down Range” a play by Jeffery Skinner. Together they have worked extensively in New York City as producers and also as actors. Laura has appeared in “Fame,” “Slow Dancing in the Big City,” “The Warriors,” “The Chosen,” and “Stardust Memories.” Bob has appeared in “As The World Turns,” “The Onion News Network,” “Going Home,” “Down Range,” and “Circle.”
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