“This is a film for anyone who has experienced hardship and tries to move on,” says Lucia Mauro, writer and director of the short film In My Brother’s Shoes produced by Atlas Media Group and Polymyth Productions.
“It’s really about letting go while honoring a loved one’s memory,” adds Mauro who shot the film this spring with actors Danny McCarthy, Rob Riley and Christopher Prchal in Rome and Chicago, after being inspired by an encounter in Italy.
“A few years ago, I was standing in front of the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square waiting to meet a colleague,” explains Mauro. “A young American man leaned against the railing near me. We struck up a conversation, and I noticed that he was wearing a pair of shoes that didn’t fit him properly and were practically torn to shreds – as if he had walked halfway around the world in them.
“When I asked what brought him to Rome, he pointed to his shoes and said, ‘My younger brother…he was a Marine. He got killed in Iraq…a roadside bomb.’ The young man went on to explain that his brother always wanted to backpack with his friends to Rome and other parts of Italy, but never had the chance. So he took it upon himself to fulfill that dream. He put on his brother’s favorite shoes, which were too tight, and vowed not to take them off until he visited all the sights his sibling would have wanted to see in and around Rome.”
A special director’s cut screening and fundraiser to support post-production of the film and benefit a veterans’ organization will take place in Chicago on September 21. The evening will open at 5 p.m. with the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard. In addition to the screening, there will be a wine and cheese reception, a Q&A with cast and crew, and a piano concert by the film’s composer Enzo De Rosa, who will perform selections from Oscar-winning Italian films including Cinema Paradiso.
Tickets ($100) to the event held in the Rudolph Ganz Memorial Hall of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 430 S. Michigan Avenue, are available at AuditoriumTheatre.org. For more information, call 800-982-ARTS 2787.