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Astoria Performing Arts Center Honors Astoria Native Dito Montiel 3/15


On Thursday, March 15, 2012, Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will be hosting its annual Gala at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. They will be honoring Dito Montiel, an author, screenwriter, director and musician. In addition to a program of honors, the evening will include cocktails, catering by The Astor Room, and a special performance, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum. Past events have attracted a wonderful cross-section of people from the Astoria community and surrounding areas – corporate and community leaders, as well as artists. Tickets are currently on sale at

"Honoring an Astoria legend...Dito Montiel, an award-winning writer and filmmaker who has worked with some very impressive actors, from Al Pacino to Robert Downey Jr. He was the front man of the first punk band to sign a million dollar contract with Geffen Records. A Calvin
Klein and Versace model whom posed for legendary photographer, Bruce Weber. He can even take credit for being on the wrong end of a KO in a Golden Gloves boxing tournament. He is a proud born-and-raised Astorian, who has given his hometown visibility around the world."

“I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to honor such an amazing multitalented artist. Dito has had an incredibly rich life and career. There is a lot to celebrate, and in the Museum of the Moving
Image, we’ll have the perfect venue. This is going to be a particularly special event – and a very good party.” – Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director APAC

“Congratulations to Dito Montiel. APAC, a local group with some of the best performers in the country, certainly knows talent when they see it. Dito is truly a Renaissance Man, but we’ll always recognize him as a beloved son of Queens.” - Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr.

APAC’s GALA 2012
Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Please RSVP by March 5th at
• $250 – 2 tickets, credit as a Friend of APAC in the gala journal
• $100 – individual ticket
Thursday, March 15, 2011
• 6:30-8:00p Cocktails and Light Supper
• 8:00-9:00p Honors and a Special Performance
• 9:00-10:00p Explore MOMI, Dessert, Raffle Drawing,
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria NY 11106
Valet parking available.
Festive attire.

If you would like further information, or would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor, please email or call (718) 706-5750.

More surprises and developments about the Gala will be posted at between now and the event!



DITO MONTIEL is an American author, screenwriter, director and musician. The son of a Nicaraguan father and Irish mother, Dito grew up in Astoria, 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 had his first book published, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”.

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. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Rosario Dawson, Shia Labeouf, Channing Tatum and Dianne Wiest, the movie 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.
His second book, “Eddie Krumble is the Clapper” was released in 2007. Dito’s second film Fighting starred Academy Award nominee Terence Howard. His third film, The Son of No One, starring Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Juliette Binoche, Ray Liotta, Tracy Morgan and Channing Tatum, followed.

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