Hi Frances, I Love You

A Sicilian grandmother speaks about family, life, and coming to America.

  • Johnny Ventimiglia
  • Victor Oliveria
    The S.S. Swenson
  • Johnny Ventimiglia
  • Johnny Ventimiglia
  • Francesca Ventimiglia
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Johnny Ventimiglia, Victor Oliveria

Co-Directors Johnny Ventimiglia and Victor Oliveria bring two different perspectives to create one vision. Victor's credits include the feature length film, "The S.S. Swenson" (2019) as well as a number of shorts. Johnny's credits include "Brookylino" (2019) and the project they co-directed, "Hi Frances, I Love You". In the creative environment that is Brooklyn, NY Johnny and Victor have come together to collaborate on a number of projects (Brookylino, 2019; Cucina, 2019) and work to tell stories about the parts of life that highlight our shared experience. Themes they typically explore are family, immigration, substance abuse, love, and redemption. They are both fans of the New York Mets.

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Director Statement

This film didn't start out as a film at all. Originally this was planned as a way to make a really good home movie that could be passed down through the generations. But when we saw how electric Frances was, it became abundantly clear that we needed to document this person and her perspectives. "Hi Frances, I Love You" is a short documentary for anyone who wants to take trip back to Grandma's house, to remember the sights, sounds, stories, and the food.