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10 Things You Never Knew


As Alto prepares for its Bay Area Premiere at FRAMELINE (the longest running and with over 60K attendees, perhaps the largest LGBT festival in the world), we're asking for your support on helping us fill the Roxie Theatre on TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 9:30 PM.  Things you can do:

+ Send your Bay area FAMILY and FRIENDS.  Tickets are available here: and the Roxie can be found at 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103.

+ Send your Bay area FANS and let them know about Alto through SOCIAL MEDIA -- c'mon, you know you use it.

+ Encourage your family and ten of your closest friends to LIKE the Alto page, and/or FOLLOW us on Twitter and Instagram.

+ Post a link to the trailer!

+ Post a link to this interview with the headline, "First-Time Director Mikki del Monico Sings Out About Alto, His Fabulous Lesbian Mob Story Which Redefines Rom-Com" written by Gary Carnivele.

That'd be a great help...and as a thank-you, here are 10 conversation-starters for the next time you're at a party and don't know what to say to the person standing next to you :).  We've been posting one a day on our FB like page so feel free to share!

10 Things You Never Knew About San Francisco

1. The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.

2. Irish coffee became a popular drink in the States after San Francisco Chronicle writer Stanton Delaplane was challenged by Jack Koeppler, a bartender at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, to help recreate a drink served at the Shannon Airport in Ireland.

3. The Bank of Italy, which later merged with a smaller bank to become Bank of America, was established in 1904 by Amadeo Giannini to serve working class citizens, particularly Italian Americans in San Francisco's North Beach area.

4. Prior to its merger, the Bank of Italy survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 and later, the Great Depression.  It was one of the first banks to offer loans to rebuild the city after the devastation of 1906 and helped finance Hollywood filmmaking during the Depression years.  In fact, during the Depression, not a single San Francisco-based bank failed.

5. Charlie Chaplin's directorial debut, The Kid, was financed by the Bank of Italy.  My directorial debut was not, however the nation's first licensed credit card program was started by Bank of America and eventually renamed Visa, a definite supporter of Alto the Movie :).

6. San Francisco-based Bank of Italy created the first American bank by and for women.  Called the Women's Banking Department, it was a bank within a bank and gave women access to their own accounts so they could manage their finances without the involvement of their spouses or male relatives.  The department was directed and staffed entirely by women.

7. The neighborhoods of Marina, Mission Bay, and Hunters Point are all build atop a landfill.  Eat your heart out, Fresh Kills, Staten Island, preferably the one you left in San Francisco!

8. When Al Capone was held at Alcatraz, he played regular Sunday concerts on the banjo with the inmate band, the Rock Islanders.  That gives me an idea.  Diana DeGarmo, is it too late to add a scene at Sing Sing?

9. The U.S. Navy originally planned on painting the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes.  The world-renowned "international orange" was inspired by the red lead primer used to coat the steel.  Consulting architect Irving F. Morrow chose the final color because it blended well with the nearby hills and contrasted nicely against the ocean and sky.  It continues to be used by the aerospace industry to set things apart from their surroundings.

10. San Francisco's cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move.

Here's a bonus, just because...

In 1867, San Francisco enacted America's first "ugly law," which prohibited "unsightly" people from showing their faces in public.  I just want to know how they judged it.  Thankfully, it has been repelled...I mean, repealed.

Thank you all, and please, send your peeps to see Alto at Frameline in San Francisco!

Hope to see you there!

Mikki, Toni, and Ellora (Team Alto)

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