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Long-awaited North End documentary premiers at Suffolk U

A clip of the North End documentary by NEHS.

A clip of the North End documentary by NEHS.

On Jan. 20, the North End Historical Society presented its long-awaited documentary “Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story” at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. It was mostly filmed and directed by Maureen McNamara of Kendall Productions in Cambridge, with post-production editing done John Balcom of John Balcom Productions in Los Angeles.

“As the title indicates, it is not so much a documentary history as it is the story of the things that made the North End special,” said James Pasto, co-founder of the North End Historical Society. “Those things include Sunday dinners, nicknames, street corners, doo wop, world boxing champion Tony DeMarco and longtime youth baseball coach Dom Campochiaro.”

Also included in the documentary are the stories of George Scigliano, one of the first Italian American elected officials in Boston, James Donnaruma’s role in the fight to rename North Square, and the sociological research done by William Foote Whyte in his 1943 book Street Corner Society.

The documentary is narrated by Stephen Passacantilli, a fourth-generation North Ender, who is also co-executive producer of the film alongside James Pasto of Boston University and Alex Goldfeld of the North End Historical Society. The neighborhood premiere is expected for early spring, when a DVD will also be available for purchase.

www.northendboston.org

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