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BIO Director – Producer:   Michael Angelo DiLauro

Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and WWII explores Italian ethnicity in America from several unique and distinctly personal perspectives.

Awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York International Film Festival and Montreal Film Festival, it has been screened in over 70 locations in the US and Canada.


La Ma Strada-My Road serves as a metaphor linking the ancient traditions of Italian culture with contemporary Italian Americans.

Awarded the Silver Award from the Media Communications International Film Festival, also screened at Palestrina Film Festival in Rome, Atlantic City and Salerno Film Festivals


DiLauro has an M.F.A. in Film Studies from Ohio University. He is Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


A celebrated director and producer of documentaries and television programs, Michael Angelo DiLauro has earned five Emmy Awards, a Blue Ribbon from the American Film Festival, and the Gabriel Award for outstanding television programming.


Recently, the University of Pittsburgh honored Michael for his service to the Italian American community with their Italian American Heritage award. In 2011, UNICO (the largest Italian American service organization) awarded DiLauro their Mille Grazie award for cultural contributions to the Italian American community.


DiLauro has received funding from the Bill of Rights Commission, Catholic Communications Campaign, National Italian American Foundation, Pennsylvania Arts and Humanities Councils, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Ohio Arts and Humanities Councils and Ohio Educational Television Network. In April 2013, he received a production grant through Robert Morris University from the R.K. Mellon Foundation to produce a documentary titled, We Built this City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh.