Whereas most docs about ‘different’ people are content to flatter our empathy, ‘Dina’ aims to deepen it.
Supported by the International Documentary Association
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, and Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants nothing more than to share with Scott all she’s learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her increasingly creative forays to draw Scott close keep hitting roadblocks—exposing anxieties, insecurities, and communication snafus while they strive to reconcile their conflicting approaches to romance and intimacy.
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.
Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Cast: Dina Buno, Scott Levin
Do It, Try It
Watch the world premiere of M83’s newest music video: A family outing to a burger joint sparks an argument between the parents whilst two children draw pictures to entertain themselves, taking the viewer into their imaginations. This mixed-media film, written and directed by David Wilson, fuses live action and hand-drawn animation.
Convo w/ Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles and Dina for a conversation following the screening.
Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He currently hosts Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air and is known for Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as well as his “senior black correspondent” role on the Daily Show. Off-screen credits include Insecure, Black-ish, and The Bernie Mac Show.