“Dina”: a story of love and victories

October 12th, 2017

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Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini had their first festival hit with the 2014 documentary “Mala Mala”, a film about women at different levels of the transgender spectrum in Puerto Rico.   For their second film, the pair set out to the Philadelphia region, Sickles' childhood homeground, to tell the story of a local group of adults on the autism spectrum.  They found the makings of a great lead character in Dina , a forty-something woman who had just gotten engaged to another group member named Scott.  Dina had gone through losing her first husband to cancer, and being stabbed by a longtime boyfriend.  Her decision to commit to a life with Scott was a risky one, exacerbated by Scott’s problems with intimacy, and their relationship became the centerpiece of the film.

 

The resulting documentary “Dina” won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize this year and has opened to rave reviews.  It opened last week in New York and opens this weekend in other cities around the country.  In it, we are given unique access into the life of a couple overcoming their fears, their pasts, and their limitations to commit to a lifelong love.  The film is often funny, sometimes sad or awkward, and overall, brave.  I interviewed  directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini by phone about their inspiring project.

 

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An interview with John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

June 21st, 2014

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This week’s our first installation of “Broken and Half Full,” interviews about darkness and hope.   It’s easy to find reasons for despair these days, whether it’s inevitable global warming, political unrest, extreme gaps in wealth and poverty, or all the other slings and arrows we face every day.  Despite the trends, there are those who keep struggling and creating in the midst of it all, creating reasons for hope in the midst of brokenness.  

This week’s guest- John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.  Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading non-profits working for social justice.  Their Film Festival showcases documentaries and features that bear witness to injustice, with the hopes of inspiring dialogue and action.  The festival started 25 years ago in New York and is now in 19 cities worldwide.  This year’s New York festival opened Friday June 13th and runs through the 22nd.  


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An interview with director Rob Kuhns

February 12th, 2014

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Rob Kuhns directed the recent documentary "Birth of the Living Dead," the story of how George Romero created the modern zombie genre with his 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead".  Romero's film was a textbook example of guerrilla filmmaking at its best: a first-time filmmaker with no studio behind him and precious little money to spare, his audacious vision led him to worldwide success, and changed the horror genre forever.
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My interview with film historian Robert Rosenstone

May 10th, 2013

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MATT JONES

November 13th, 2008

Here is a look at the work of Matt Jones, singer, songwriter and folk rocker for hire.

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November 10th, 2008

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