I’m so excited to announce that after almost a year of work, my new webseries American Kirare-Yaku is coming this Labor Day! American Kirare-Yaku follows the adventures of Mike, a lowly stuntman and fight choreographer trying to make a living in a job that’s all about dying.
Written and directed by me, and featuring the work of incredibly talented actors like Erik Cheski, John DeSilvestri, Amanda B. Goodman and Laura King Otazo (among others), American Kirare-Yaku is sure to tickle your funny bone as much as it broke mine. The first episode will come out on Labor Day, and more will be released weekly through the month of September. You can make sure you don’t miss an episode by subscribing on my YouTube Channel, or by following me on Twitter or Instagram (@DramaMatt, or look for #AKYSeries).
White Privilege Frankenstein continues to rack up accolades and attention, this time with a win for “Best Performance Web/New Media” at the Mawgill Film Festival! If you’re keeping track, WPF has taken home awards in three different festivals: Magwill, TOFF and the Best Shorts Competition.
In addition, WPF will be getting its first big-screen showing at the Katra Film Series! If you loved the film and want to see it in person (and meet the talented cast and crew), or if you’re interested to see it formate first time, we hope you’ll join us on February 6th!
White Privilege Frankenstein continues to win accolades and followers! Chris Carfizzi has truly created a monster (of social progress).
WPF not only took home the award for Best Screenplay (written by Chris himself), but also an Audience Special Mention for The film itself. Congratulations to Chris for the continuing success of this great project!
Acronyms aside, I’m thrilled to announce that White Privilege Frankenstein is now available to watch and vote on at The Online Film Festival! If you’ve watched and enjoyed the film, please pop on over and vote for us–it’s free, and it means a lot for a small production like ours. If you haven’t seen the film, now’s a great time to go check it out!
I’m thrilled to share that the folks at Times Square Central came to see our showcase production of Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? at Dixon Place, and they loved it (and rather liked me as well)! You can read the full review here.
An excerpt: “Playwright, Joshua Young, skillfully masters the psyches of his characters so that we may look voyeuristically at the kind of every day life that precedes [sic] war. Young manages to find light and humor and depth and reality. Beautifully directed by Lucia Bellini, this play is well worth seeing.”
Given that the purpose of the showcase was to help get this new work to to the public and drum up interest in the show, we couldn’t be happier that it’s now being noticed critically as well. Keep your eyes on www.WhoMournsForBobTheGoon.com and my site for more news on the future of this piece!
Happy Belated Halloween! October is done, and with it that most scary (and fun!) of holidays. Luckily for me, October was also a month where I got to work on some really fun “spooky” projects, which were both smashing successes!
First, I was lucky enough to have a small part in Chris Carfizzi’sWhite Privilege Frankenstein, a riotously funny (no pun intended) short that takes on the ideas of race and privilege in America. Since our launch just about two weeks ago, White Privilege Frankenstein has been seen almost 3,500 times on YouTube alone, and more on Funny or Die, Vimeo and other sites. Actor Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy has blogged about it. Pulitzer Prize winners, Charles Blow (NY Times) and Jonathan Capehart (Washington Post) have seen it, liked it and quoted it on Twitter. Now, it’s have been accepted into the Best Shorts Competition, an online festival. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go watch right now!
Second, on the very eve of Halloween (and into Halloween itself, actually) I was thrilled to be part of the cast of a one-night showcase at Dixon Place of Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?, a new play by Joshua Young. Directed by Lucia Bellini, this black comedy tells the story of a special therapy group for individuals who all think they are (or were) third tier comic book characters. The characters explore their past as the play switches from their realistic lives and settings to the fantastical comic book realms they think they inhabit. These fantastical realms range from Bob the Goon’s ‘Batman vs. Joker’ world to a post-apocalyptic Land of Oz. The showcase was fantastic–the picture above was the audience just before we completely sold out! The response form the crowd was nothing short of spectacular, and I can’t wait to see what happens with this piece next.
I’m so thrilled to be able to share White Privilege Frankenstein, an amazing short film by Chris Carfizzi that I was lucky enough to play a small part in. The film is very funny, but also very topical in that it’s a way for Chris (and really, all of us involved) to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about race, power and privilege in this country. So if you’ve got a moment, give it a watch and (if you enjoy it), a Like or a Share!