Joshua David Matthews

Joshua David Matthews

Director and Screenwriter

New Orleans, Louisiana

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January 2013
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About Joshua

I'm a New Orleans based award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter. My films focus on strong, character-driven stories, as well as current social issues.

I have MFA degree in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design, with a concentration on screenwriting and directing.

I am an avid hiker and camper.


  • Vent

    Vent Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller Drama When a troubled and reclusive divorcé discovers he can hear his upstairs neighbor's most intimate moments through the air vent, he uses what he records of her life - including the death of her boyfriend - as inspiration for a stage play his high school class will perform.

  • Come Home, Calvin

    Come Home, Calvin Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy Drama Thirty-something Calvin Doster finds himself cycling through the mundane demands of a stale life until his childhood imaginary friend Toby - now a middle-aged man himself - returns and helps Calvin once again embrace the candor and innocence of his lost childhood.


  • OP-ID

    OP-ID (2018)
    Documentary Producer, Director The rise in migrant deaths at the South Texas Border has created a humanitarian crisis. The dead are buried as “unknowns” without proper analyses or DNA collection, leaving no hope of identification. Operation Identification is a team in San Marcos, Texas who dedicate their time to help identify and repatriate their remains to the families who are left behind. Each unidentified body found near the Texas-Mexico border is given a number for tracking purposes. OP-ID's mission is to turn those numbers into names. Using the style of Direct Cinema, we follow #0607 as his remains are exhumed and his journey for identification begins.

  • The Great Journey

    The Great Journey (2014)
    Documentary by Giant Step Films (Documentary) Producer, Director In 2001, eight friends gathered together after school to film a series of not-so-epic fantasy movies in their backyards. Now adults, the gang reunites to relive the glory days, by making one last film.

  • Hellyfish

    Hellyfish (2014)
    Film (short) (Comedy and Horror) Assistant Director America's only missing nuclear weapon is leaking radioactive material into the ocean just off the coast of Tybee Island, GA. The trifling existence of a hapless cast is disrupted by a vicious force of nature that shows no mercy.

  • Elias

    Elias (2013)
    Documentary by Giant Step Films (Documentary) Producer, Director What begins as a story about the life and death of Dr. Elias Ghanem, evolves into a tale about family and what it really means to lose a loved one.

  • Dual

    Dual (2013)
    Film (short) (Thriller) Producer Mild-mannered introvert Jacob must finally face the link that he shares with Andre, an indulgent compulsive serial killer, when the killer sets his sights on the woman Jacob loves.

  • The Flight

    The Flight (2013)
    Film (short) (Drama) Assistant Director The Flight, is a fable about a girl named Athena (Holly Hubbell) who finds her courage to follow her beliefs. On an island surrounded by nothing but water, Athena lives under the oppressive regime of a post-apocalyptic society. Athena feels strangled by her community and the rigid expectations enforced in it. One fateful night Athena breaks in to her society's housing of censored old world artifacts. There, she finds a mysterious book with plans for a flying machine. This ignites the courage to risk everything to create the flying machine and seize her freedom.

  • Dawn

    Dawn (2012)
    Film (short) (Western) Producer, Director Kentucky, 1864 -- A young carpenter decides to hang himself. The despair and heartache of living alone after his beautiful wife passes away, taking with her their unborn child, is far too great for him to bear any longer. The empty hours begin wearing down on him. His mind slowly grows insane, causing him to forget the face of his wife. However, before he has a chance to die, a woman, chased by a relentless bounty hunter, breaks into his farmhouse in search for shelter. Confusion sets in when the carpenter believes the dying woman to be his lost wife, and with it comes a new-found sense of duty. He now has something to live for. Something to fight for.

  • The Visions of Dylan Bradley

    The Visions of Dylan Bradley (2011)
    Film (short) (Drama) Editorial Department As a result of a quirky childhood accident, sixteen-year-old Dylan Bradley doesn't always see things 'eye to eye' until a sweet Christian boy steals her heart and tempts Dylan with the one thing he won't give her: sex.

  • Vent

    Vent (2009)
    Film (short) (Drama and Thriller) Producer, Director, Writer David, a troubled and reclusive divorcee, takes an unhealthy obsession towards his neighbor, Audrey, too far. Using poorly rigged recording equipment, David pries into Audrey's personal life, documenting her every phone conversation, daily routine, and most intimate moments. Blurring the lines of interest and invasion, David pursues his isolated practices with little consideration of the consequences.


  • Best of Fest - South Texas Underground Film Festival

  • Best Drama - Montgomery Film Festival

  • Alabama Award - Montgomery Film Festival

  • Golden Ace Award - Las Vegas Film Festival

  • Finalist - USA Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention - Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival

  • Director's Award - Montgomery Film Festival


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