ABOUT US

Tony and James Pinto are a father and son collaborating on their first feature documentary film.

 

Like most kids, James Pinto was obsessed with dinosaurs from an early age. He spent countless hours playing with dinosaur toys, watching movies and documentaries, and collecting fossils. But his passion for paleontology never stopped.


By the time he was 15, he had found fossils in Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and California, won first place in the California Science Fair, and started volunteering as one of the youngest docents and fossils preparators at the La Brea Tar Pits.


The film spans three and a half years of
his teenage life in a coming-of-age story that concludes with James heading off to the prestigious UC Berkeley to become a paleontologist. He is currently a Sophomore an interning at the UC Museum of Paleontology.

Tony owns and operates Pinto Productions, a video production & commercial photography studio.

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THE ORIGINAL TRAILER

WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED

"WHY DINOSAURS?" started out as a short film--a simple father/son passion project. But over the past three and a half years, we've interviewed 60+ seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters, dino-artists, graduate students, and even a State Senator!

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James with legendary paleontologist, Dr. Phil Currie at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

In 2020, we raised over $34,000 from friends, family, and dinosaur enthusiasts via Indiegogo.

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THE IMPACT

We hope to inspire girls, boys, men and women of all ages to embrace Science, starting with a healthy dose of Dinosaur Paleontology.

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James teaching dinosaurs to a preschool class.

WHO WE'VE

INTERVIEWED

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We've been fortunate to interview a wide variety of seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters, paleontologists, dinosaur enthusiasts, and even a State Senator, including:

IN THE MEDIA

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WHAT'S NEXT?

Why Dinosaurs? is currently in post-production with an expected release date of Summer 2022.

For more information, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

For media inquiries, feel free to contact us.

BONUS VIDEOS!

Our first time being interviewed by Jimmy at DWABA.org!

This is a young James doing his best Sir David Attenborough impersonation at the Natural History Museum of LA with his Nonni. 

James' first visit to Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah.

California State Science Fair judge commenting on James' First Place Spinosaurus experiment.

James receiving a Certificate of Commendation from Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber for his First Place award in the California State Science Fair, as well as other County-level Science awards and recognition by the Coast Geological Society.

James volunteering in the Fossil Prep Lab at La Brea Tar Pits.

FOLLOW ALONG

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