Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno (Producer/Director) and Jerome Bongiorno (Cinematographer/Editor/Animator) are award-winning husband-and-wife filmmakers who formed their own production company, Bongiorno Productions, in Newark, N.J. Marylou is a graduate of New York University’s Graduate Film Program, where she received the $75,000 Richard Vague Film Production Fund award for the feature film “Little Kings,” based on her multiple award-winning short.
The Bongiornos’ documentary Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons and Mothers, featuring Martin Scorsese, earned an Emmy nomination and screened at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. Their global warming-themed screenplay, Watermark, was featured at Sundance’s Investing in Media That Matters and the Tribeca Film Festival/Sloan Summit and was the centerpiece of a Johnson Foundation Wingspread Conference on Global Warming and Film in 2005.
Marylou and Jerome are in preproduction for the fictional version of Revolution ’67, executive-produced by Spike Lee. They are currently completing a series of short films on post-Katrina New Orleans and flood-plagued Venice, Italy, screening on PBS’ Natural Heroes series and at film festivals. The Bongiornos are the recipients of a Film Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. They are longtime residents of Newark, N.J., where Marylou has lived all her life.