Hey, I'm Mandi!

Oakland, California

Mandi's professional background is in production management and line producing for independent film and TV. She joined the Director's Guild of America in 2016 as a UPM. Shifting her focus to creative endeavors, Mandi wrote and directed her first short film called OLD FASHIONED, which premiered at the 2017 Alameda International Film Festival and screened at Hollyshorts Monthly Screening Series in early 2018. Around that time, Mandi was writing a narrative feature script based on her childhood competing in pageants, when controversy struck the Miss America Organization. Seeing a community she cared about affected, Mandi put the narrative project on hold to investigate the changing times of Miss America culture. Mandi would later receive the Emerging Artist Award for SAVING MISS AMERICA at the 2018 Alameda International Film Festival  and continues to develop the project full time.

 

Mandi is from Los Angeles originally and now resides in Oakland with her husband and producing partner, Joe Matarrese. 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Arrival Code

Los Angeles Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

2034: Arrival Code follows a couple in borderlands Mexico, who flees a dangerous cartel using the transportation of the day… teleportation!

80%

This project got the green light!

Triple Threat

New York Feature
Drama, Musical

Close friendships are slowly pulled apart as a once shared Broadway dream is abandoned by one in favor of a new dream: fatherhood.

101%

This project got the green light!

A Guy Walks Into a Bar

New York Short
Action, Thriller

On the day after the election in 2016, a man with dwarfism is assaulted at a bar.

101%

This project got the green light!

Incurable

New York Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Incurable: a journey of love, rejection, and an overactive imagination.

113%

This project got the green light!

Tristan and Isaac

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Romance

Two lovers get swept up in a romance with no concern for consequences.

82%

This project got the green light!

SINGLE: an AFI Directing Workshop for Women Project

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

A woman with a physical difference gets set-up to go on a blind date with a guy who also has a physical limb difference. And she is pi$#ed.

102%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Ring is now STALLED

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Two strangers on dates from hell bond in the women's bathroom over their issues with love.

124%

This project got the green light!

GRIT

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Frankie, a single woman in her late 30’s, discovers that due to an infertility issue, motherhood is suddenly a matter of now or never.

105%

This project got the green light!

F1

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Drama

An Iranian student’s F1 visa gets revoked, forcing a family friend to babysit her for a weekend of LA adventures before being deported.

80%

This project got the green light!

Misdirection: a short film

Los Angeles Short
LGBTQ, Comedy

A college freshman falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD.

106%

This project got the green light!

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