When I was a child, my beloved Uncle Victor spun nostalgic tales of growing up in rural Italy. His seemingly endless days of carefree youth were spent under a rich canopy of trees, sleeping under its cool shade while tending sheep. He splashed in his local canal on a home-made tube and misbehaved with his brother Carlo, my father. I was a timid boy with immigrant parents in a provincial town with a short horizon that improbably felt even smaller. Victor's yarns of yesteryear were intricately woven, equal parts childhood revelry and wistful yearnings. He made me long for a sweet past that wasn’t my own, kind people I had never met, epic journeys I would never go on.
Our intimate talks grew longer as I grew older. However, Victor’s stories never broached one difficult topic. Why did he never return to his boyhood home? Home, my first feature length documentary film, explores the tension between my need for self-discovery and my Uncle’s wishes to move on. Some parts of the past constantly slip from our grasp, fragments of memory we can never recapture, no matter how desperately we wish they could return.
Dino Sossi has produced digital media for AOL, CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes," CNN, The New York Times, the United Nations and vh1 at Viacom. His documentary films have screened at film festivals in New York and Los Angeles as well as Berkeley, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford, and Pennsylvania. Dino’s work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, DiscoveryUSA, Globe & Mail, IFC, Life, MTV Canada, MuchMoreMusic, One, Pridevision and PrimeTV. He previously worked as a producer/videographer for Alliance Atlantis, reporter for The Toronto Star newspaper and producer/host for CIUT 89.5 FM, all in Toronto. Dino's digital storytelling has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as at a hackathon hosted by the Zeega online digital storytelling platform in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute and MIT Open Documentary Lab. Dino has worked with the Multimedia Resources Unit, UNTV and the Educational Outreach Unit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Dino has taught at the K-8 level with the Toronto District School Board, the Peel District School Board in Mississauga as well as across England and Wales. He was formerly a doctoral research assistant with the Harlem Schools Partnership
(HSP) for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at Teachers College. The HSP was funded by the General Electric Foundation and was the largest grant in the history of the New York City Department of Education.
Dino has taught digital video storytelling
as well as an educational technology practicum at Adelphi University in Long Island. He has also taught video news production at the University of Sherbrooke. Dino has taught infographics and data visualization at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs International Media and Communications program
since Fall 2015.
Dino was a research fellow, affiliate and "Berktern" at Harvard University's Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society. At Berkman, Dino produced media for Berkman partners including the Digital Public Library of America, the Digital Problem Solving Initiative’s trip to Harvard’s i-Lab, MIT Media Lab’s Strategy Day, the digital storytelling platform Zeega, the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching’s #HackTheEDU hackathon, as well as the Youth and Media Lab’s Digitally Connected conference which included invitees such as UNICEF, among many others.
Dino has published research on using video in research settings and implementing Kidspiration software in mathematics learning. He has published book reviews in Teachers College Record, Visual Studies, and the Labor Studies Journal. He has work in press on the youth social media participation in the Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, and Occupy Wall Street with IGI Global. He also has work in press with the Journal of Negro Education.
Dino earned his doctorate in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University's Teachers College, where he has also been a teaching assistant and digital media consultant. His dissertation focused on student use of digital and analogy media to explore emotional response to immigration. Dino's thesis focused on the use of visual media artifacts to bridge the home-school divide.
Dino earned his Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge where he performed with the Footlights comedy troupe. He wrote his thesis on the possible role of preservice teacher education programs in teacher attrition rates, focusing on the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) program at the University of Cambridge, where he earned first class honors. Dino holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Queen's University where he won the Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in International Economic Law. Dino also studied at Columbia Law School’s School Law Institute and the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme
. He also is a member of Mensa, the world's old high IQ society.
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