THE SON OF NO ONE
DITO MONTIEL is an American author, screenwriter, director and musician. The son
of a Nicaraguan father and Irish mother, Dito grew up in Queens New York, toured
the country in a punk band as a teenager in a leaky van, modeled for Calvin
Klein and Gianni Versace with Bruce Weber, and got KO'd in the Golden Gloves
boxing tournament. In 2003, Montiel published A Guide to Recognizing Your
Saints, a memoir detailing his life growing up in Astoria, Queens in the early
1980s. After adapting his best-selling book into a screenplay, Montiel made his
directorial debut with the film version of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.
The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Rosario
Dawson, Shia Labeouf, and Channing Tatum. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize
and the Director's Award. It also screened at the Venice Film Festival where it
won the Critics' award and the Isvema Award. Dito's latest film The Son of No
One, which he wrote and directed based on his third book (The Story of Milk),
stars Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Ray Liotta and
Juliette Binoche. It chronicles the life of 2 young boys growing up in Montiel's
hometown of Queens, New York with secrets and murder. It was chosen as the 2011
Sundance closing night film.
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