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Hey, I'm Joseph!

Oakland, California

I'm a film maker from the San Francisco Bay Area. I love shooting on film and telling unique stories with interesting characters. And I talk about myself too much. 

 

This is me directing my first feature. We shot on super 16mm in the mountains of Colorado!

 

 

 

My Projects

My Films

A gang of teenagers in the 1950's try to figure out what to do in an impossible situation — follow their leader or hang him out to dry before he turns on them?

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Bad Kids

2017

 • Short

by Joseph Matarrese

Projects I'm Supporting

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia • Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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Pay to Stay

New York • Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.


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About a Donkey

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.


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Custodian

Los Angeles • Animation, Fantasy

The macabre account of a man whose inner demons drive him to seek redemption in the aftermath of bloodshed.


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Building the American Dream

Austin • Documentary

In the deadliest state for construction, undocumented workers fight for reform of the Texas industry while under the threat of deportation.


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A punk Daydream

Los Angeles • Documentary

Indonesia has one of the biggest punk scenes in the world, amidst poverty, pollution and oppression.


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Ordinary Women

San Francisco • Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.


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Break

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

Sometimes a door opens where you least expect it…


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The Long Haul

Seattle • Comedy, Documentary

Magic Mike meets The Full Monty in a documentary featuring six "Average Joes"


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Things I Hate

New York • Comedy

A nice gal endures the indignities and humiliations of life in the big city, one episode at a time.


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Bad Kids

Cape Girardeau • Thriller, Crime

We all have a bad streak in us.


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Must Fool Everyone

Saint Louis • Comedy

Must Fool Everyone is a comedic short about a quirky guy mistaking an offer from his dream girl for playing the role of a lifetime.


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About Strangers

Los Angeles • Experimental, Drama

An ethereal and meditative journey that follows three drifters seeking an escape from their cycles of dissatisfaction and apathy.


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The Camel's Back

Nairobi • Drama, Fantasy

A beautiful short film exploring what healing and letting go can mean for a 13 year old teenage girl struggling with growing pains.


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Magic Pills

Toronto • Documentary, Science

Homeopathy - the medicine they don't want you to know about. We need finishing funds! US contributions are tax deductible!


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OneWeekLoveFilm

New York • Romantic Comedy

Two friends explore their relationship during a one week romance.


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Over Dinner

New Haven • Comedy, Drama

Frustrated by her eccentric mother's care-free role as grandmother, her adult daughter unravels their complicated past over dinner.


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Hijabi

Austin • Drama, Shorts Program

Alia, a Muslim-American teenager, has a secret night out with her friends that ends in an unexpected confrontation with her father.


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Huevos Rancheros

New Orleans • Drama

Lifelong friends, Danny and Marcus must confront the difference between them that could drive a wedge in their relationship.


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Abortifacient

Houston • Drama, Horror

A film that explores gender and family issues in an "operatic cinema" story that fans of both art and psychological horror will appreciate.


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The Ladies Almanack

Chicago • LGBTQ, Experimental

Hélène Cixous, Eileen Myles, Guinevere Turner, & more star in the epic tribute to women's writing.


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All Earthly Constraints

Los Angeles • Drama, Sci-Fi

Struggling screenwriter Emily writes a screenplay about struggling screenwriter Emma, who is secretly a superheroine named Emmageddon.


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BRIDES TO BE

Seattle • LGBTQ, Thriller

The night before their wedding, two women battle sinister forces to save themselves, and each other.


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SuperZero

• Action, Comedy

When a 35 year old schlub jumps from a building only to land unharmed, he is forced to embrace his role as an invincible superhero.


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First Girl I Loved

Los Angeles • Drama, LGBTQ

A lesbian high-schooler in Los Angeles falls in love with a young woman even more conflicted about her sexuality than she is.


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That's Not Us

New York • LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

An intimate portrait of 3 couples on a beach weekend that tests the strength of their relationships


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Funeral Day

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

A man skips his friend’s funeral in an attempt to start living his own life to the fullest.


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The Canary

• History, Thriller

One gold miner. One mine. One nightmare.


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Cross

Los Angeles • Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.


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FOG CITY

San Francisco • Drama, Mystery

A solitary amateur ballplayer confronts an invisible past in plain view of a new teammate.


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There is a New World Somewhere

Los Angeles • Drama

A troubled woman is seduced by a stranger who takes her on a road trip through America's deep south.


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Love Land

Austin • Drama

A young woman with an intellectual disability fights the label that keeps her from her community.


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Movies & Shows I Recommend

Farah tries to lose her virginity while on the 2004 campaign trail with her two best friends.

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Farah Goes Bang

2015

 • Feature

by Meera Menon

Awkward 'n' Awesome Rock 'n' Roll

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The Crumbles

2012

 • Feature

by Akira Boch

Two twentysomething childhood friends reunite to solve the mystery of a missing golden retriever.

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City Strays

2013

 • Feature

by Mike Elsherif

An Ojibwe boy searches for a safe place for he and his younger sister on the Leech Lake reservation.

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Rez

2014

 • Short

by Dominique DeLeon

A man wakes up in a Koreatown hallway, naked except for a cock ring and a frilly scarf.

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Coming To

2015

 • Short

by Happy Canyon Club

A Native American fishing couple negotiate the changing waters beneath them.

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80 to 90 ft

2014

 • Short

by Jason B. Kohl

Look inside the hearts of two rabid NFL fans as they battle the rising costs of major league sports.

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America's Parking Lot

2012

 • Feature

by Jonny Mars

Sometimes the darkest souls shine the brightest light.

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Barbaric Genius

2012

 • Feature

by Patrick O'Neill

A boy and his working class mother face separate but entwined struggles to survive in South LA.

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Botiando

2007

 • Short

by Victor Hugo Duran

Explore the overlap of prisons and racial oppression, as well as alternative visions for justice.

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Broken On All Sides

2012

 • Feature

by Matthew Pillischer

A short film about women, Puerto Rico, and sexuality...

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Gabi

2012

 • Short

by Zoé Salicrup Junco

Two little bug lovers find love.

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Love Bug

2009

 • Short

by Kat Candler

Beware your childhood fantasies, as they might be even more dangerous in person.

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Jabberwocky

2012

 • Short

by Ted Eschweiler

A woman from the future fights to protect her new identity from her old one.

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Movement and Location

2015

 • Feature

by Bodine Boling

In the birthplace of hip-hop, two rappers wait for a record producer on a lonely street corner.

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For Flow

2011

 • Short

by Randall. Sawyer

A lovers' reunion. A natural disaster. A difficult decision.

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BLACKOUT

2013

 • Short

by David Bly

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