Dan Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer living in New York City and Paris, France.
His first film, MALA MALA, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. It focuses on the lives of nine transgender-identifying individuals living in Puerto Rico, and their fight for equality and personal fulfillment. Produced by Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Moxie Pictures, and his production company El Peligro, Mala Mala was acquired by Strand Releasing and premiered theatrically in July 2015.
His second film, DINA, received the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and was acquired by The Orchard for North American distribution and Dogwoof for International distribution. The film will premiere theatrically in October 2017.
As an actor, Dan is mainly known for his theatrical work, most notably as Hamlet in the 2011 production at Theater 80 in downtown Manhattan, and Konstantin Treplev in The Seagull at Columbia Graduate.
He has contributed articles for Gawker, The Huffington Post, MTV, and Indiewire. He has spoken on the burgeoning transliberation movement at the American Embassies in Ankara, Turkey and Kiev, Ukraine, and his work is on display in the Contemporary Art Museum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His production company, El Peligro, has been honored by the Social Media Impact Awards and Amnesty International for their approach at socially-conscious storytelling.