Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People's Saint
writer/director LUCIA MAURO
Before telling stories through the medium of film, Lucia Mauro of Chicago was a longtime theater/dance critic & arts/culture writer (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Public Radio, In Theatre Magazine), with close ties to artists in the live performing arts and film. Frances Xavier Cabrini:
The People's Saint marks her third film. She is the writer-director of the 2014 short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, starring Danny McCarthy (Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods) as a man who honors his fallen U.S. Marine Corps brother by taking a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy in his sibling’s combat boots. In My Brother’s Shoes was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. It also was featured in the 2015 International Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. Her 2016 feature, One Year Later, chronicles the life-affirming journey of a cancer survivor to the Italian Alps and is shown throughout the medical community for cancer support groups. It screened at Montreal's Visions of the World Film & Music Festival, where it was nominated for Best Original Score by Enzo De Rosa. All of her films explore the idea of healing, resilience and human connection. Lucia is also the writer-host of an Italian TV pilot, The Cooking American. She is the author of a series of books in the performing arts for McGraw-Hill; a frequent culture speaker and radio personality; and was a featured guest on HMS Media’s Emmy-winning The Chicago Dance Project and Every Dancer Has a Story. Lucia, a former adjunct professor of Dance History: From the Renaissance to Present at Loyola University Chicago and the John Felice Rome Center, is also a bilingual (English and Italian) Italy cultural historian and has written extensively on the country’s 20 multilayered regions and published two books of photography, Frieze Frame I: Textures & Colors of Italy and Frieze Frame II: Textures & Colors of Italy. Lucia is a Loyola University Chicago graduate (honors,summa cum laude), with a B.A. in English and Communication. She was voted one of 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Womanmagazine and awarded the Impresa Award by the Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and the Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America.