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Dito Montiel has his fingers in many pies

The first-time director has enjoyed a hat trick of success — a band, a book and a movie — and he's modest too

By David Carr  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , NEW YORK

“I feel lucky, truly lucky,” Montiel said, walking back toward the N. “People work hard on movies and then most of them end up in the garbage can. We managed to make this movie, and people are actually going to see it.”

Not bad for a guy who admits to being a “sorta” rock star who was “sorta” involved in fashion and “sorta” wrote an autobiography that became the basis for his first movie.

“I'm a ‘sorta’ kind of guy,” he said.

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