Dino Costa: Truth Unscripted

Uncompromising sports talk show host Dino Costa talks about his journey from homelessness to fame prior to his public fall from grace at SiriusXM.

SALES AGENT: Adler & Associates Entertainment

Over the last few years, we began the journey of documenting the life behind the microphone of Dino Costa. The ups and the downs. His struggles, his mistakes, his successes. We covered everything from his homelessness to his newfound love for God. We covered his constant fights with upper management, his passionate relationship with his fans, the death of his son in a club in Seattle, his three marriages, the daughter he never sees, and much more!

We have covered Dino’s life as honestly and as objectively as possible. This film is a profile of his life. It shows Dino’s talent on the radio and some of his mishaps in his personal life. Everyone is flawed, and we were lucky enough to have Dino trust us to tell the story.

We have also included some of the things Dino complained about post-filming. After all the ups and the downs of the last few years this is what Dino had to say after viewing the final version of the film:

I thought @joelfranco did a vastly superior job in storytelling & improving continuity within the film…I was impressed with the score too

(Dino Costa – Twitter – April 11th, 2015)

He also added

@joelfranco As I stated [the] other day, Joel, I thought the film came out very well done…kudos on a nice job

(Dino Costa – Twitter – April 13th, 2015)

If you want to see Dino at his most vulnerable, open and honest, this is the film for you. It paints Dino as a human being. Love him or hate him, this film covers as much ground as we could in the time we had with him.

Thanks to the amazing work by Darko Nikolich (Cinematographer), Anthony Bernard (Editor), Marianthe Bezzerides (Composer) and Karol Urban (Sound Designer/Mixer) we are thrilled to offer this amazing film!

When Dino focuses on his talent, there are few out there who can match him. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

And that is what this film is all about.

What About the Boy?

In 1985, Judy and Steve, a young couple who have recently relocated far from family and friends, become parents of a baby boy who has acute and mysterious problems.

The new parents are astonished when the child’s doctors neither explain what has happened nor propose a way of treating it. Instead, the doctors seek to minimize the emotional impact on the parents by recommending counseling for them, and only day-care for little Joseph. Judy and Steve reject that course of action. They insist that their son deserves a chance to be comfortable and to have options in life. Further, Judy feels a need to prove that she is a worthy mother, and Steve seeks to compensate for not having achieved the goal of becoming a physician himself.

Following leads provided by other parents, they find their way to alternative providers and become actively involved in Joseph’s therapy. His condition improves. He is no longer in distress, and he begins to catch up, developmentally, with other children his age. The campaign to rescue their son demands all of Judy and Steve’s resources until ultimately they must confront their limitations.

Based on the 2011 memoir by Stephen Gallup.


The President’s Bluesman

Writer: Clint Miller

Producer: Joel Franco & Sherry Secher-Jensen Frazier

From the Jim Crow South to the White House, this is the true story of the bluesman who used the power of his music to change the history of civil rights.

Traveling through the Jim Crow South in the Roaring Twenties, a shoeless bluesboy witnesses the coming of age of America’s most formative musical genre. After unprecedented success he recounts his life story to President FDR at the White House in 1941.

Based on true events, this is the story of Josh White, who uses his music as a powerful weapon in the fight for civil rights in America. First with President Roosevelt, and later with President Kennedy, Josh White and his mesmerizing blues help change the fate of a nation.


One Man’s Journey to Truth

ONE MAN’S JOURNEY TO TRUTH is available at Gaiamtv.comamazon.com, and vudu.com.





Joel Franco
Director of Photography:
Dave Negrin
Music by: 
Trevor Coleman
Anthony Bernard
Sound Designer:
Karol Urban

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The film unfolds through poignant interviews with his family and in his own words as he sits perched on the cliffs of New Zealand, majestic mountains rising up behind him. Denie talks about his despair and his discovery of a force so powerful that he could not ignore it. He followed a persistent, compelling voice that urged him to jump from security into obscurity and ultimately allowed him to fly. The words of this modern-day prophet gives hope to the lost and offers a road map to those seeking meaning in life and the strength to pursue dreams.

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