The gods must be smiling upon us! No sooner did our first story, “DePaul Alumni in the Movies” hit the clouds this morning than we received another piece of good news about Blue Demons and the movies.
The first feature-length documentary film by DePaul alumnus Jim Distasio (CMN ’03) is debuting on PBS station WTTW (Channel 11) in Chicago this Sunday, Oct. 25, at 6 pm.
Titled “5,000 Miles From Home,” the film tells the story of a generation of Italian kids from the rough-and-tumble streets of Chicago who proudly answered the call to serve their country during World War II.
Double Demon Nello P. Gamberdino (EDu ’50, JD ’59) is featured in the film. He discusses his personal experience as a soldier in the war. Through in-depth interviews with more than 20 veterans, historical film footage and rare archival photographs, the movie examines the lives of these brave men—from their humble beginnings in working-class Chicago to their experiences at the front to the very different lives they would lead when they returned home.
The film is narrated by Emmy Award-winner and all-around good guy Bob Sirott. You can check out clips and more information on the movie’s Web site. Then, spread the word. And tune in.