According to the US Census, there are nearly Sixteen Million Italian Americans in the US. Many are descendents of those who arrived on the great wave of immigration after the war and trace their roots to their great grandparents. They learned Italian in college or in Florence. They have very little in common with the struggles of the first and second generation. They no longer feel the sting of racial stereotypes or prejudice. They see no reason why, nor would they be surprised if an Italian American were elected president. Today"s generation of Italians in America represent near total assimilation. And yet they still reach back to celebrate their culture, not as "Italian Americans" but as American Italians.

"Made in America" is an ongoing web series profiling the most successful and dynamic American Italians who have succeeded on their own terms, without the crutch of ethnic injustice or social oppression, and who have gone back to reconnect with today's Italy and tap into the true Italian experience.


While roommates at Harvard in the mid-1980's Frank Ciota and Mike Hart formed "The Movie Team", a group of friends dedicated to seeing films at the old Harvard Square theater. With a mutual love of cinema, they soaked in all the classics from "Casablanca" to "Easy Rider," as well as contemporary cinematic hits.

Upon graduation they went their separate ways, but their mutual love of cinema never waned. It wasn’t until their 25th reunion that "The Movie Team" reconvened. With Mike Hart stepping up to provide the financing and Frank and Joe Ciota providing the creative direction "The Movie Team" was officially reformed to put Joe’s original screenplay "Crossing the Rubicon" into production as their first feature.

"I always knew Frank and I would do something together," said Mike Hart. "I just never imagined it would be on an international scale. I’m excited about being involved in a film that Frank and I would’ve waited in line in the snow to see at the old Harvard Square Theater."