8 1/2 x 11 Newsletter, Vol. 21, No. 39, April 14, 2011
Franco Sciannameo, director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, and Don Marinelli, executive producer of the Entertainment Technology Center, were panelists at the recent American Association of Italian Studies XXXI Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh. Their panel, titled "Re-Imaging Italian Futurism for the Digital Era," focused primarily on the ETC's recreation of Fortunato Depero's 1918 puppet show, BALLI PLASTICI, which was re-envisioned by Sciannameo as an animated movie accompanied by a choreographic tool kit. It was done as an ETC project in 2009 to commemorate the centennial of Futurism's founding in 1909. Marinelli also was the keynote speaker at the recent Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association (PVCA) luncheon at the Duquesne Club.