Fireside Chat with Gianfranco Norelli & Suma Kurien

Submitted by edawson on March 7, 2014 - 3:08pm

Gianfranco and SumaCome join the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation (NBICF) and the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County (WLASC) for a fireside chat with the directors & producers of Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California!

An informative evening with guests Gianfranco & Suma talking about their latest film. Copies will be available for sale. A wine reception featuring Italian-American wineries from the film will be held during the event. Local breads and cheeses will complement the wines.

Finding the Mother Lode
Monday, April 7, 2014, 5–7 PM
Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ticket Information:
General Public: $25
NBICF or WLASC Member: $20

Click here to purchase tickets through Eventbrite!

“Combining oral history with scholarly analysis this, the first documentary about the history of Italians in California, explores the multiracial nature of California and the Italians’ place in that racial landscape.” Dr. Paola Sensi-Isolani, Anthropologist, St. Mary’s College

Finding the Mother Lode documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, which was markedly different from that of their compatriots elsewhere in the United States. Through stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, this film examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State. It is also a look at how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America. These immigrants found their ‘mother lode’ in farming, fishing, commerce and winemaking. To learn more about the film and film makers, visit their website A few notable area winegrowers were interviewed in the film, including Jeff Collins (Cellar #8 at Asti Winery), Jim Pedroncelli (Pedroncelli Winery) and Peter & Ed Seghesio (Seghesio Winery). A wine reception will also be held featuring wines from these wineries during the chat.

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