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Dito was born in Queens and spent his youth playing in hardcore bands and did a brief stint as a Versace model.  After adapting his best-selling book (the first of three) into a screenplay, Montiel made his directorial debut with the film version of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" starring Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson. The film won the Special Jury Prize and the Director's Award  at Sundance, the Critics’ award at Venice and was nominated for best adapted screenplay at the Independent Spirit awards.

He's since gone on to write and direct a long list of award-winning films premiering everywhere from Venice to Toronto with such acclaimed actors as Al Pacino, Gary Oldman, Juliette Binoche, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard and Ray Liotta.

Always dancing between the film and commercial world, Dito recently wrapped the State Farm "This is Us" campaign that he wrote as well as directed.


He lives with his family in LA.

State Farm - Height Markings

Bacon's Gonna Get You - Window

State Farm - Dining Table
State Farm - Pearls
Boulevard - Kathy Baker & Robin Williams (his final film)
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