A celebrated director and producer of documentaries, television programs, commercials, and corporate productions, Michael DiLauro has earned five regional Emmy’s, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival, several ADDY awards and the Gabriel award for outstanding television programming.
DiLauro’s feature documentary film, Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and WWII was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival. The film documentary explores Italian ethnicity in America from several unique and distinctly personal perspectives. Tony Lo Bianco narrates this film with commentary from Tom Brokaw and Mary Ann Esposito.
La Mia Strada- My Road is a feature-length documentary offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and tradition as it links ancient Italian traditions and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian American counterpart. An indelible bond unites the past and the future despite being divided by an ocean.
La Mia Strada was screened at the Palestrina Film Festival in Italy, Atlantic City Film Festival and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Media Communications Association-International Film Festival along with several cultural centers and universities throughout the United States. In November 2013 the documentary kicked off the Chicago Catholic Immigrant Conference: The Italians, sponsored by Loyola University, Casa Italia and Italian Cultural Institute Chicago.
In support of his aims, DiLauro has received major funding from the Bill of Rights Commission, Catholic Communications Campaign, National Italian American Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council in the Humanities, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities Council, Ohio Educational Television Network, UNICO and most recently, a grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation.
In 2011, DiLauro was the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Italian Club “American Italian Heritage” award. UNICO National (the largest Italian American service organization in America) also recognized his service as a documentary producer with their “Mille Grazie” award.
DiLauro earned an M.F.A. in Film Studies at Ohio University and completed the Master Directing program at the prestigious Maine Cinema Workshops. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor in the Media Arts Department at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.