Pieces tells the story of two artists, Allison Turner (Tori Simpson, Shaken not Stirred) and Tom Maxis (Matt), an art couple who clash on their most recent collaboration. Allison is a contemporary photographer trying to get their work noticed, while Tom is a pretentious, avant-garde visual artist who wants the work to speak for itself. As tensions rise, public displays of outrage and sabotage tear the couple apart. The bigger issue, however, is that the couple is up for a joint fellowship at the Nashville Museum of Art.
Matt is set to star in the upcoming short film Shaken Not Stirred, written and directed by Roxanne Nawrot (WTF?! Web Series). Matt plays Michael, a man looking for a surrogate mother with his partner Larry. Michael is unaware that Larry is hiding a secret that could potentially damage not only their relationship, but also his dream for starting a family with the one he truly loves.
In his second year participating in the 48 Hour Film Project, Matt was voted Best Actor in the Cincinnati competition for his role as Liam in Lessons In Accidental Magic! The film also took home 11 more awards, including Best Film, meaning it will move on to compete at Filmapalooza 2017.
This is also Matt’s second collaboration with director Motke Dapp. This year they travelled to Cincinnati (instead of staying in Nashville), and joined forces with Drive Media House and a crew of around 40 people. Last year the short film, Everyday Yeti won Nashville’s top prize in the 48 Hour Film Festival. It then proceeded to receive strong accolades at Filmapalooza in Atlanta (including a Best Actor nomination for Matt), and was subsequently screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Lessons in Accidental Magic, the spellbinding 48 Hour Film by Motke Dapp, Drive Media House and a crew of around 40 people, was the runaway favorite at the awards for the Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project. The seven-minute short, made in just two days, took home 12 awards, including Best Film, and Best Actor for Matt. The distinction of Best Film means LIAM will move on to compete at Filmapalooza 2017!
That’s a wrap!
Last week, Matt and director Motke Dapp (participating in his ninth 48 Hour Film Project) travelled to Cincinnati to make a seven-minute short film, from concept to completion, in just two days. This year they joined forces with Drive Media House and a crew of around 40 to create a spellbinding tale entitled Lessons in Accidental Magic after drawing the genre “fantasy.”
Motke Dapp’s visionary romantic comedy, Everyday Yeti, came in second runner up at this year’s Nashville Film Festival in the Tennessee Horizon Audience Award category. The top prize went to The Unbeliever, starring Casey Fuller who plays Monroe in Everyday Yeti.
After winning Nashville’s top prize in the 48 Hour Film Festival, Yeti went on to receive strong accolades at Filmapalooza in Atlanta, and will subsequently be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Everyday Yeti, the award-winning 48 Hour Film Project by Motke Dapp, centers around Phineas (Matt) and his imaginary friend, Yeti (Sara Antonio Murphy), who longs to be seen but finds it difficult to fit in, especially as Phineas begins to pursue a new love interest, Roxanne (Pap Shirock).
In 2015, the 48 Hour Film Project visited more than 130 cities where more than 60,000 people made short films. Out of the winning films selected to compete in Filmapalooza, Matt was selected as one of four nominees for Best Actor for his performance in Everyday Yeti. The winner was Hiroyuki Shirai from Osaka, Japan.