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Italian American independent film director, producer and screenwriter Frankie Latina was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The son of counterculture parents Lisa Jordan and Thomas Latina, he was raised by his two sets of grandparents: Frank and Charlotte Latina and Alex and Shirley Jordan. This unique collage of grandparents, immigrant entrepreneur juxtaposed with a labor movement activist, exposed Latina to the contradictory yet inspirational values of the American dream. Using his Uncle Dave's Super 8mm camera, he began making movies when he was a teenager. He studied film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a graduate of MATA. Latina is best known for directing the highly regarded art house epic, Modus Operandi. Latina aspires to explore the dark experiences of contemporary life and transform them into a phantasmagorical escape for his audience.