Canisius Video Institute Presents “Destino Dante” Premiere

BUFFALO, NY ― The Canisius College Video Institute presents the premiere screening of Destino Dante, a narrative film based on The Divine Comedy on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The event, which will feature an Italian-themed “All Saints Day” reception, is free and open to the public. Costumes are welcomed.  

Created by digital media arts and English dual major Tom Etu ’13 and digital media arts major Tim Marcolini ’13, Destino Dante is a modern day adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s medieval masterpiece The Divine Comedy.  As part of The Video Institute’s digital scholarship initiative, students use media for interdisciplinary studies. The script was developed in coordination with the students’ playwriting course in The Creative Writing Program. Segments of the film were shot on location in Naples, Rome and the Amalfi Coast during the travel photography course taught by Tom Wolf, adjunct professor of fine arts.

The leading role is played by local professional actor James Robert Steiner (who recently starred as Thisbe in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and there is a cameo role by legendary Buffalo musician David Kane. Tom Etu serves as a Woody Allen-inspired director/actor, as he plays the role of Virgil.

The film-noir inspired detective story follows the dark journey of Dante’s search for Beatrice in modern-day bars and nightclubs.

View the film trailer.

The Canisius College Video Institute is funded, in part, by the East Hill Foundation and the Western New York Foundation, and co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, chair of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and director of the Digital Media Arts Program.

For additional information about the event, e-mail O’Neil at or call (716) 888-2115.     

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.