Director Biography – Rob DiNinni, Jeffrey Palmer (MARRIAGEFIT)

Rob DiNinni is an award-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer, director, and coach. As a founding member of StageCoach Improv, Rob performs improv and sketch comedy and facilitates improv for business, team building, and interactive entertainment for organizations nation-wide. Rob also works closely with executives, clinicians, and medical schools providing communication skills training as an actor and educator at Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools.

After producing a short film, Mascot Missing, and numerous videos for companies nationwide with StageCoach Improv, he launched a production company, DiNksterDee Productions. Rob wrote, acted, co-produced, and co-directed a short comedy film, Marriage Fit, featuring an artificial intelligence (AI) character concept teaming up with an award-winning director, Jeffrey Palmer. Rob was as a principal actor in Jeffrey’s drama short film, The Nesting Doll, garnering numerous best drama short and best ensemble cast awards.

As a professional actor since 2003, Rob has had leading roles in TV Commercials, Theatre, Feature Films, and Corporate Videos. His Film and TV credits include Castle Rock, The Aristocrat, Roller Palace, Slip & Fall, American Hustle, Patriot’s Day, and The Nesting Doll. He also has performed stand-up and improv comedy at Stand UpNY, The Comedy Studio, and Nick’s Comedy Stop. He was a principal actor in I Go Solo, a comedy Nominated for Best New Play in New England. Rob wrote, produced, and performed a one-man show, Masquerading as an Adult. Rob co-produced, co-wrote and performed an absurdist comedy play, The Break-Up of Cause and Effect, — premiered at the Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe in Scotland followed by shows in London.

Co-Director:
Jeffrey Blake Palmer is a “directing filmmaker” and an optioned and produced screenwriter based in Rhode Island. He earned an MFA in Cinema and Media Production, with a focus on Directing, at Boston University. 

His thesis short film The Nesting Doll, a story of memory loss and memory lane, was written by Emily Kochman and received the 2017 Fleder-Rosenberg Short Screenplay Contest’s 1st Place Award. The Nesting Doll has gone on to win numerous awards on the independent film festival circuit including Best: Drama, Editing, Cinematography and Ensemble Cast.

Jeff’s music videos, short films, and screenplays have been selected and screened at over 100 festivals, competitions and art events, claiming dozens of awards and recognition to date. His “nightmare parade” fantasy/thriller The Sleeping Deep took Best Screenplay at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and was a screenplay Finalist at the 2017 Genre Blast Film Festival in Virginia. His short script WORN, a father-son drama, was optioned and produced by Denver’s Blue Frost Films and won the 2017 Festival Heart Award at the Intendence Film Festival.

Exploring a wide range of styles and genres, Jeff’s main goal is collaborating creatively with actors and crew to capture emotional moments where truth and fiction intersect to inspire and entertain. The multi-award-winning 20-minute short SPLIT COSTS (Best Director ~ Stories By The River 2017, First Place ~ Destiny City Screenplay Competition 2016) achieves some of that movie magic, offering “emotionally honest, disciplined performances” in a gritty road trip of heartbreak and hope.

When he’s not on set, Jeff can be found at colleges and universities throughout New England teaching filmmaking, storytelling, and video production courses where he urges students to grab a camera and get busy making their movie dreams a reality.

Recently, Jeff co-produced and directed a new comedy short film, Marriage Fit, collaborating with writer, actor, and producer, Rob DiNinni, one of the lead actors on The Nesting Doll.

Director Statement

MarriageFit is a DiNksterDee Productions short film featuring a “benevolent artificial intelligence (AI) character” in an original comedy concept by Rob DiNinni. An animated “AI character” with motion graphics and an original musical score to elevate the absurdity.

We’d like to go in the direction of when AI becomes aware, it understands as humans are becoming more and more digitally connected, they’re becoming more socially disconnected.

The depth of our human connection begins to wain and AI realizes for humanity to thrive, we need to deeply love and connect. A benevolent AI therapist and coach, MarriageFit, is activated to reboot human relationships.

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