Don DiNicola is a filmmaker and composer.
Don’s music career began in the 1970’s guitar-playing world, touring with a band in a van. In 1992, his critically acclaimed opera, “Ubu Roi”, earned commissions for theatrical productions. From there, film and television composition flowed naturally. Once in the multi-media genre, DiNicola spread out to directing, producing, sound design and music supervision.
His work appears in the Emmy Award winning shows; "Suicide Bombers/Cult Of Death" (Discovery Channel), "The Art Of Failure; Chuck Connelly Not For Sale” (HBO), "Baring It All" (Style Network), among others. DiNicola has written and produced music for Nat Geo, The History Channel, PBS, A&E, TLC, Discovery Channel, CNBC, Style Network, SundanceTV, and HBO networks.
In 2011, Don formed Eureka Post Production, supervising video and audio post-production for over 300 hours of broadcast TV programming. Including more than 600 episodes of the hit show, “House Hunters International”.
In 2006 his feature film directorial debut, "Nowhere Now; The Ballad Of Joshua Tree" (Victoria Williams, Eric Burdon) enjoyed a vibrant life in the international film festival circuit before being picked up for a year by PBS affiliate KCET in Los Angeles.
In 2015 Don directed and produced an original score by Renée Baker, recorded by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, for the 1925 Oscar Micheaux film “Body and Soul”, starring Paul Robeson. The film received a grant from New Music USA to screen with a live orchestra sound track. It was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Ebertfest, the Chatham 14 multiplex, and continues to tour internationally.
His animated short “ORIGINS ‘Before There Was A Before’” received the 2016 Phantasmagorical Film Festival’s Best 3D Animation award. Employing all of his filmmaking skills, its 5.1 sound mix includes original compositions and stars Fredi Walker-Browne (“Rent” and “The Lion King”). "A Rabbit’s Life; In 3 Parts” won Best Experimental at the 2015 Humboldt International Film Festival. Mixed-media short, "Karma Cats; The Chintamani Stone" spent two years screening at film festivals internationally.
Don is a founding faculty member of the Vermont College Of Fine Arts MFA in Music Composition Program.