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Dina doesn't feel like other nonfiction films

Dina

Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini USA  2016, 101'


Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.


Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott's vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina's racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.


Dan Sickles

Dan Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer living in New York City and Paris, France.


His first film, MALA MALA, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. It focuses on the lives of nine transgender-identifying individuals living in Puerto Rico, and their fight for equality and personal fulfillment. Produced by Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Moxie Pictures, and his production company El Peligro, MALA MALA premiered theatrically in July 2015 and is currently available on DVD and for digital download.


His second film, DINA, received the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the 2017 International Documentary Association award for Best Feature Film. Dina premiered theatrically in October 2017 and is currently available on DVD and digital download.


As an actor, Dan is mainly known for his theatrical work, most notably as Hamlet in the 2011 production at Theater 80 in downtown Manhattan, and Konstantin Treplev in The Seagull at Columbia Graduate.



He has contributed articles for Gawker, The Huffington Post, MTV, and Indiewire. He has spoken on the burgeoning transliberation movement at the American Embassies in Ankara, Turkey and Kiev, Ukraine, and his work is on display in the Contemporary Art Museum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


He is the recipient of the PEEK Award and the ARC Alliance Community Service Award for his work within neurodiverse communities, and his production company, El Peligro, has been honored by the Social Media Impact Awards and Amnesty International for their approach at socially-conscious storytelling.


SYNOPSIS

Dina’s getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, Dina remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and, at age 48, is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. Dina is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.


Winner - Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary

Sundance Film Festival 2017

Winner - Producers Vision Award

Sun Valley Film Festival 2017

Winner - Honesty and Humanity Award

Sarasota Film Festival 2017

Winner - Best Feature

IDA Awards 2017


FILMMAKERS

Antonio Santini (Director/Producer)

Santini is an artist and director born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He kicked off his exploration of the film medium when he made the movie Killer Tranny as a present for John Waters. He then directed Mala Mala about the trans experience in Puerto Rico (2014) alongside Dan Sickles. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received an audience award. Dina (2017) is his second film.


Dan Sickles (Director/Producer)

Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer best known for directing Mala Mala (2014), and for a 2011 stage production of Hamlet in which he played the title role. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently living between New York City and Paris, France, Dina (2017) is his second film with Antonio Santini and their production company, El Peligro.


REVIEWS

★★★★

The Times

★★★★

Time Out

"Intimate, unvarnished and hugely touching" ★★★★

Empire

"We need films like this"

IndieWire

"Dina doesn't feel like other nonfiction films"

Variety

"Magical"

Vogue

"The most beautiful romance at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival"

Salt Lake Tribune

"A fascinating love story"

The Wrap




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