ST. LOUIS – “America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill,” the award-winning documentary about St. Louis’ venerable Italian neighborhood, has won a Silver award in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards, in the General History for Non-Broadcast category.
The Hill neighborhood was established by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s and covers more than 50 square blocks, making it by far the largest of the nation’s Little Italys. The distinctive ethnic character of the neighborhood, though, is what makes it nearly unique: It’s still an actual, culturally active Italian neighborhood, not just a small section of tourist attractions.
More than 12,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and five continents were vying for the Telly Awards, the top award honoring video and television across all screens. Entries are judged by experts from television, streaming networks and production companies, including Netflix, Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, A&E Networks, Nickelodeon, ESPN Films and Vimeo.
“We’re tremendously honored that ‘America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill’ has been recognized on a global stage at this year’s Telly Awards,” director/producer Joseph Puleo said in a statement. “It’s so rewarding that our film continues to resonate with the people who watch it, regardless of if they’re Italian-American or not. To bring the remarkable story of The Hill neighborhood to the attention of people across the world has been our goal all along, and this award will only help that cause.”
Other awards the documentary has won include the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase; Best Documentary at the Venus Italian International Film Festival; and Best Documentary at the Little Rock Italian Film Festival.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Costas has said the documentary “captured with a clear eye and abundant heart” the historic neighborhood.