Discipline: Film/Video

Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno

Discipline: Film/Video
Region: Newark, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 2008

Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno are husband-and-wife filmmakers based in Newark. Marylou is a producer, director, and screenwriter who received her M.F.A. from the graduate film program at NYU. Jerome is a cinematographer, editor, animator, and screenwriter. Their award-winning films include the 3Rs trilogy of documentaries on urban America: Revolution '67, on the 1967 Newark riots; The Rule, about the highly successful urban school model of Newark Abbey and Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, both broadcast nationally on PBS; and Rust, on solutions to inner city poverty. Their Emmy-nominated documentary Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons & Mothers featured Martin Scorsese, John Turturro, Rudy Giuliani, and Pat DiNizio. The Bongiornos' museum installations in 3D are New Work: Art in 3D, which began with Newark in 3D, commissioned and exhibited by the Newark Museum from 2009 to 2010 and reinstalled in 2016, and installed at Newark Liberty International Airport from 2013 to 2014 as the airport's first art film; The Brooklyn Waterfront in 3D, presented by the Museum of the City of New York in 2010; and SI3D (Staten Island in 3D) commissioned and exhibited by the Staten Island Museum from 2015 to 2017. They created and hosted the Watermark (fiction film) Conference at Wingspread and the Newark Poverty Reduction Conference at Rutgers University and presented solutions to poverty at TEDxNJIT.



Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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