March 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
B.r. Uzun
Julio Vincent Gambuto
Sam Sandweiss
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May, 2019

Screen time alert! Marco, 11, is obsessed with his electronics — his iPad, his Xbox, his VR headset — and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. “Nonno” (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people “in real life” and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.


Julio Vincent Gambuto

The son of a bus-driver-slash-bread-baker, "Julie" grew up in a large Italian family in the boroughs of New York City, where aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered often around Mom's seafoam-green formica kitchen table for “cake and coffee” — always an Entenmann’s crumb cake — to tell stories, argue about the Mets, and play cards with the neighbors. Twenty years later, Julio has written and produced film and television content for Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini.

Julio's interest in creating family content is largely based on his experiences as "Uncle Julie" to six — one niece and five nephews. When he is not in production, he enjoys teaching the art of storytelling to creative and business teams in Los Angeles and New York. Julio is a graduate of Harvard University. He completed his training as a film director at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was honored as an Annenberg Fellow. Learn more at or