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Beneath the Remains Teaser v1

Teaser for feature film, Beneath the Remains

Queen of Meatloaf Teaser

:45 teaser for short film, Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

Moms and Meds Trailer

3m trailer for feature documentary, Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication.

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About Dina

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Dina Fiasconaro is a Baltimore screenwriter and director whose work centers female characters and explores thematic threads related to womanhood, marginalization, familial relationships and mental illness. Dina was a finalist for the 2019 and 2018 Baker Artist Award and her films have screened at a variety of national and international venues and film festivals, including the Baltimore Museum of Art. Dina has honed her work at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Residency, Stowe Story Labs, Saul Zaentz... more

Days in the Wake

Days in the Wake (feature film) is the story of a young woman whose father abandons her nine younger siblings at a Safe Haven facility and disappears. In his wake, she embarks on a quest to find them, and get answers to his seemingly unconscionable actions.

Days in the Wake was written at a residency at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in CA. It was then accepted into Stowe Story Labs, and the Saul Zaentz Innovation Lab. Dina was able to meet with the real family members in Omaha, NE in summer, 2019, and is using their stories in her revision of the script. The film is currently a finalist for the 2021 Sundance Development Lab.

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Beneath the Remains

Beneath the Remains is a feature film based on the novella of the same name by Baltimore writer Terence Hannum. The film is a coming-of-age mystery about teenage metalhead Gabby and the search for her older sister Steph, who has disappeared in the humid summer of their marshland home. There is a heavy layer of dread in this desolate, decaying and stifling environment, as Gabby grapples with the absence of her sister in a world without rules.

A concept short for the film, also entitled Beneath the Remains, was edited at the GrrlHaus Cinema Seminar Residency in Berlin, Germany in summer, 2019, and completed in December, 2019. The film is distributed on Flixa TV, an online platform for women filmmakers, and will screen in Berlin in November and December, 2020.

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Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf is a short film based on the play by Emilie Feldenzer. Marge is a bored housewife. Rex, her inattentive husband. In an attempt to spice up their relationship, Marge employs the Queen of Meatloaf, an ephemeral concoction that seduces Rex and Marge into a state of slumber, while permeating the homes of consumers with her enchanting aura and addicting gustatory appeal.

Rex returns home from work to find Marge in the kitchen, where she has been slaving all day over dinner. But this will be no ordinary dinner. Tonight, Marge is serving the Queen of Meatloaf, “a gustatory experience altogether unlike ordinary meatloaf.” The Queen of Meatloaf emerges silently from the kitchen in bedazzled, human form. Rex is taken aback. Marge regales him with the Queen’s nutritional and nuptial benefits. They are so overcome by the Queen that they fall asleep at the table. The Queen, in direct address to the camera, explains her irresistible appeal. She begins to multiply, emerging in various other human forms and wreaking havoc on consumer TV sets, before disappearing with a slow buzz and a fading dot of white light on the black screen.

The film was awarded a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Production grant and was completed in April, 2017. It has screened at over 25 film festivals, won Women's Voices Now! Best Experimental Film and was nominated for the New Filmmakers Los Angeles "Best Of" Awards: Best Comedy Performance (Aya Cash) and Best New Media (Dina Fiasconaro).

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Pucky's Pappagallo

Pucky's Pappagallo is a short documentary/personal essay about my grandmother's hair, and the impact it had on both her and our family.

Screenings:
Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Finding Home” exhibition, Filmidio 2017, Light City 'On Demand' Showcase, Loophole Berlin

  • Pucky's Pappagallo

    Pucky's Pappagallo is a short documentary/personal essay about my grandmother's hair, and the impact it had on both her and our family.

There There

There There is a short experimental film about a tired man's journey towards a voracious young girl in the forest. It was made for the Charm City Fringe Festival 2018, where filmmakers were given the same score and invited to make a film for it. It stars Lucas Cullen and Sailor Fay Cuddington and has also screened in Berlin, Germany.

Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication

Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication is a feature-length documentary film that explores the options women face when they want to have children, but take psychotropic medication for mental illness. The film follows multiple women as they attempt to navigate the conflicting attitudes surrounding this issue.

Other interviewees include doctors, advocates and family members who influence, and are affected by, these decisions. The film focuses on the personal stories of the women, and the many facets, both positive and negative, of making such decisions. It addresses the struggle and emotional turmoil, as well as the hope and perseverance of the featured women, and advocates for their ability to make the best individual and personal choices for themselves and their families.

Screenings: Baltimore NOW, UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference, Orange, CA, Hood College Humanities Colloquium Bioethics Panel, “Mental Illness, Power, and the Public Good”, New Day Campaign, Women’s Film Festival, Creative Alliance, Stevenson University, Healthy Babies Baltimore/Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, NAMI Baltimore, Raphael Film Center, Zoetropolis Arthouse, Culture Unplugged Online Film Festival, Overlea ArtsFest (2nd place juried prize for trailer), Indigo Moon Film Festival, Nevada Women’s Film Festival, Maya Angelou International Women’s Health Summit.

Moms and Meds is currently available on Amazon. Connect with the film further on Facebook.

  • Moms and Meds Trailer

    3m trailer for feature documentary, Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication.

Quarantine Chronicles

This is an ongoing series of short, fun, quickly produced films during the pandemic.

Summer Babe was inspired by the water and light in a quiet summer backyard. I Don't Feel Like Myself is a a "raw look at the loss of a tooth, the painful reality of self image, and the amazing, beautiful Sailor learning the strength within."

Malocchio

Malocchio is a short experimental film which explores Italian superstitions.

Screenings:
Stevenson University School of Design Gallery’s Superstizione exhibition

Dina's Curated Collection

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