"In My Brother's Shoes is a gentle, honest, touching film that respectfully honors the sacrifice of our service men and women."

--Sergeant Major Robert Alvarez, Jr.

9th Marine Corps District

What we do

In My Brother's Shoes, Inc., produces empowering original narrative films & documentaries on healing, resilience and human connection. It shares them with and raises funds for a wide range of communities through live and online screenings. Those communities include military veterans battling PTSD, cancer support, medical centers, and religious & humanitarian organizations dedicated to charitable services, including assistance for the homeless population, immigrant & refugee support, and the poor. 


Who we are
An Illinois 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by producer Joe Orlandino and writer-director Lucia Mauro in 2014 to create dialogue and a sense of community around their films addressing vital issues of our times, from PTSD to the emotional side of cancer survivorship to those in need. Its films (streaming, DVDs) and live & online showings raise funds for those causes.

Impact of your donation

Your donation allows In My Brother's Shoes, Inc., to create and produce films that make a difference and bring them (both live & online) to communities. Funds raised benefit veterans' PTSD resources & programs; the Christl Burgess Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research at Loyola University Medical Center; Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness; the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition; Mother Cabrini churches/shrines; and initiatives that assist immigrants and those experiencing homelessness & poverty.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Watch the trailer for Lucia Mauro's documentary, I Have a Name, co-produced by In My Brother's Shoes, Inc., and The Chicago HELP Initiative (CHI), founded by Jacqueline C. Hayes. It focuses on dignity and respect toward those experiencing homelessness and CHI's commitment to assisting those in need by nourishing the whole person. 

Watch LeeAnn Trotter's NBC-News 5 segment on

I Have a Name here.

I Have a Name won BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2020 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican & the Silver Award at the 2020 Spotlight Documentary Film Festival in Atlanta.

Learn more about Lucia Mauro's new documentary,

The Loneliest Road, filmed in Summer 2021 in Fresno, CA and Reno & Eureka, NV. Inspired by Silvio Manno's book, Charcoal and Blood, it chronicles the little-known 1879

Fish Creek Massacre in which five Italian-immigrant charcoal burners, striking for better wages, were shot dead by a sheriff's posse on the burgeoning mining frontier. It honors the multiethnic communities that shaped the American West. 

The film is moving into post-production, and we appreciate your support toward completing this topical work (via the

Donate Now button at the top of this page). Once complete, it will be presented to educational institutions and museums dedicated to immigration, mining and American West history.