JOHN DIMINO wins BEST ACTOR at BOTH the 2019 Festival of Cinema NYC and the 2019 Top Shorts Festival!
At Festival of Cinema, Over the Threshold (12 min) competed against full length feature films.
Over the Threshold
It is Devon and Clarissa’s wedding night. The two of them were raised in strict Christian households, and have abstained from sex for their entire lives. In a night that represents the culmination of their repression, Devon is gung-ho and rarin’ to go whereas his new wife Clarissa has trouble letting go of the psychological repercussions of years of abstinence. It’s a story based in truth for many people; a truth that too many are afraid to talk about.
Runtime: 12 Minutes
Cast: Clarissa: Mattie Jo Cowsert Devon: John DiMino Room Service (voice): Kara Young
Director: Joshua Michael Payne Writer: Joshua Michael Payne Director of Photography: Mitchel Worley Production Designer: Alina Gilman Editor: Joshua Michael Payne Sound Designer: Tyler Newhouse Producers: Elisha Lawson & Joshua Michael Payne
Lovers on the run are forced to take solace in each other when home is not an option. “Lola and Dallas” is a mini-tale of doomed love set in a dingy motel room filled with cigarette smoke and fantasies about a dangerous, glamorous life. Directed by Alessandra Mesa and Daniel Sorochkin, the film works as an atmospheric set-up dotted with self-aware cheekiness, hooking you into a tone, and then splitting before you know it. Lola is cooped up chain-smoking, lost in her own head, listening to the same record over and over (Sam Miller’s Solar System). Her companion, Dallas, after considering going to the police and ending it all, returns to her side, and “with groceries”. But, what are they running from? And where do they go from here? The important part is how it feels now, and they feel alive, or at least the kind of alive that movies have taught us to feel. “Love and gravity, they aren’t so different.” Mesa can also be seen alongside her twin sister, Anamari, in “Superior” directed by Erin Vassilopoulos, as well as the upcoming short, “Binge” by Kevin Rios, to be released this Friday. (5 minutes). Starring: Alessandra Mesa and John DiMino. Directed by Alessandra Mesa and Daniel Sorochkin. Written by Alessandra Mesa.
Smoke in the Air is a story about four friends coming to terms whit who they are over the course of the summer before they leave their suburban town for college. Jenn, Nate, Margo and Craig each narrate their own parts of the film allowing us to get inside each of their minds and experience the comedy and drama of life.