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The Enrico Tonti Documentary Project

Enrico Tonti We're continually seeking ways to promote the Italic culture and celebrate its heroes in the mainstream media. Please consider supporting our latest educational project: a documentary on the great Italian explorer of North America, Enrico Tonti.

WHO: Enrico Tonti (known in the history books as Henry Tonty) was a 17th-century explorer who accompanied Robert LaSalle. He took over LaSalle's expeditions after LaSalle was killed by his own men.

WHAT: 25 minute educational film about Tonti's life and explorations.

WHERE: Film to be shot in historically-relevant areas of Illinois such as Starved Rock State Park.

WHEN: The time-frame depends on budgetary limits; from 6 months to one year.

WHY: Tonti is an important figure in American history. His life carries important lessons on courage and compassion.

Targeted Audiences: HISTORY Channel (national cable); national and local PBS stations; elementary schools, high schools, colleges.

We need your help to bring this project to fruition. Consider donating generously to help spread the word among the general public about a great Italian explorer of North America.

To donate using PayPal or a credit card, click the Donate button.

Prefer to donate offline? Please send a check or money order to:
Enrico Tonti Documentary Project
Italic Institute of America
P.O. Box 818
Floral Park, NY 11001


Italic Institute of America
Absolute Vision Productions

The Italic Institute and Absolute Vision have proven experience/background in film production:

  • In 2007, the Institute, working in tandem with the Chicago History Museum, initiated, co-sponsored and supervised a 60-minute documentary for WTTW Channel 11 (PBS) called "And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy."

  • The Institute has also produced the educational film, "America: The Italic Legacy," hosted and narrated by the late New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.

  • Absolute Vision Productions filmed President Barack Obama's election night speech in Grant Park in 2008.

  • Absolute Vision conceived and promoted a national TV campaign for Brown's Chicken and Pasta Corporation.

  • Absolute Vision also worked on a film campaign for the Stanley Cup hockey champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Projected Budget: $60,000-85,000 (Pre-, filming and post-production costs; Marketing costs.)

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