An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional nonfiction love story.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Dan Sickles / Antonio Santini
Country: USA
Runtime: 101 mins
Year: 2017
Format: HD



STORY

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, Dinacaptures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.


PRESS

"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


DIRECTOR

Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s first film, Mala Mala, won an Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Strand Releasing in the summer of 2015. Together they run El Peligro LLC, their production company in New York. The directing duo was honored in 2015 by Out magazine's 100 list of influential people and was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the outstanding documentary category.


CREDITS

Directors: Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini

Producers: Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini

Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Danny Levinsonm Christine Vachonm Jenny Raskinm Robert Fernandez and Stephanie Choate

Co-producers: Duncan Waym Louis Le Bayon, Adam Uhl, David Hinojosa

Director of Photography: Adam Uhl

Editor: Sofía Subercaseaux

Original music: Michael Cera


AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary - Sundance Film Festival 2017

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2017

True/False Film Festival 2017

Docaviv Film Festival 2017

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017