Delmarva Roots film series to present 'Bells on the Hill' Feb. 14

February 1, 2014
Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wilmington process through the streets during the festival in his honor. "Bells on the Hill," a documentary about the city's Little Italy neighborhood, will screen Feb. 14 in Milton. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Milton Historical Society jointly present Delmarva Roots, a three-part series featuring films about Delmarva’s rich history. The second film event of the 2014 series takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with a screening of “Bells on the Hill” at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St. Milton. Admission for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at 302-645-9095, Ext. 1.

"Bells on the Hill" is a heartwarming documentary that tells the story of the birth, growth and legacy of the Little Italy neighborhood of Wilmington. Beginning with the early 20th century accounts of Italians who migrated to Wilmington, this documentary follows the founding of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and development of the surrounding community, which still thrives today. Wilmington’s Little Italy is home to the annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, which takes place during eight days in June and draws thousands of people to the neighborhood. Narrated by Wilmington native Gus Parodi, "Bells on the Hill" is a memorial to this proud community.

The film was written, directed and produced by Wilmington natives Parodi and Matt Swift. Attendees can meet and talk with these first-time filmmakers who will lead a discussion following the screening.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit, or call 302-645-9095.

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