Angela Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business.
Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.
Behind the scenes, Angela Matemotja’s directing debut was in the theatre back in 2005, when she earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary.
“Sunshine for a Midnight Weary” received glowing reviews.
F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times stated,
“Director Angela Matemotja and her fellow performers infuse November Dawn’s fiercely poetical drama with affecting grace and candor. The play’s emphasis on female bonding is appropriate. Indeed, these performers are so closely bonded in style and commitment, they often seem to function as one organism.”
The L.A. Weekly review by Neal Weaver captures the story and its impact on audiences,
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“At its best, the play generates real power — particularly in the tale of a mother (director-choreographer Angela Matemotja) who discovers her man has seduced her retarded daughter while she was out working to support them. Matemotja leads her cast in a deeply committed, highly charged performance.”
Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter 2011, screened at over 30 international film festivals, winning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands International Film Festival, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest Global Community Film Festival and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival and Long Island International Film Expo in New York.
Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at Action on Film International Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, and won the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada International Film Festival.
In 2015 she produced a short film entitled Shoshannah’s Skateboard, which won Best Family Film at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and won the Hearts Minds and Souls Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at Action on Film Festival where she also received the ‘Excellence in Writing” Award, and was nominated at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
In October of 2018 at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, she received The Female Pioneer Award for writing/directing and starring in her feature film ELEVATE. ELEVATE also garnered her Best Director Award at Rainbow Umbrella Film Fest 2019 in London, and Best Inspirational Feature Film at the Golden State Film Festival in Hollywood.
In July of 2019 ELEVATE acquired distribution by Gravitas Ventures and is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and other platforms. Angela is currently in post production on a project entitled THE GOOD BALLOON from writer/producer Lita Lopez, and has two other projects in development.
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Film by Matemotja Productions (Drama) Writer/Director Actress http://elevatefilm.com/ When elevators get stuck, Trina is the overweight dispatch operator on the other end of the emergency line. Trina’s job gets the best of her as she tries to complete just one day of healthy eating. Harassed by her cruel boss and overwhelmed by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her only escape is Lola, a fitness guru who she desperately tries to emulate. In this slow building drama of intertwining stories about people trapped in elevators, our heroes and villians must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism.
Dead Ink Archive
Film (Short, History, Mystery and Romance) Actress A janitor has a secret he can't reveal until he collects all the scraps of paper from a theater floor. The story of an anonymous man who lives for one day a year. Starring Christopher Meehan and Sheryl Lee.
Television by Eric Ellis Overmyer (Drama and Mystery) Actress An LAPD homicide detective works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.
Film by Matemotja Productions (Drama, Family, Sport and Short) Producer A determined teen girl sneaks out of her devout orthodox community with one goal: to become a YouTube skateboard star.
The Single Moms Club
Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
Growing Up and Down
TV Movie (Comedy and Family) Actress Two teenage kids, who now must navigate high school with their parents a couple with the daunting task of re-living their adolescence when they are suddenly and inexplicably are transformed into teenagers again.
Film (Comedy and Romance) Actress Screwed is a modern throwback to classic John Hughes-ian 80's films about self discovery, a sex comedy with heart where one man will do anything and any woman to win the girl of his dreams.
Television (Comedy) Actress Beth Harper, after an accident, thinks she is channeling God.
Television (Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Actress Richard "Rick" Castle is a millionaire playboy who recently killed off his main character when a serial killer starts killing people like he does in his books. He teams up with New York police detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He finds inspiration in Detective Beckett and starts shadowing her for his next book.
The New Normal
Television (Comedy) Actress A single mother's life after she accepts the offer to be a surrogate mother for a gay couple.
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Television (Comedy) Actress June decides to move to New York city to pursue her dream job at a mortgage company, which comes with its own apartment. However, the company is shut down on her first day and the apartment is taken away. June moves in with Chloe, who is a con-artist and all-round party girl. At first, they don't get along. When Chloe's attempts to con June backfire, they end up becoming friends. Written by Anonymous
How I Met Your Mother
Television (Comedy and Romance) Actress A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.
The Untimely Concurrence
Film (Drama and Short) Writer/Director A comment on Homosexuality in the African American Community and how bigotry is a cancer to us all. A Father rejects his gay son while he spirals into a land of depression and drugs. Acceptance, is it ever too late?
Television (Comedy and Romance) Actress Three couples have different ideas of what makes the perfect relationship.
Something Like a Business
Film (Comedy) Actress An aspiring pimp struggles to make a mint after inheriting his late uncles escort service and discovering that competition on the streets is fierce.
Film by Matemotja Productions (Drama and Short) Writer/Director
Film (Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Actress Two unlikely friends set out on a mission of revenge.
Best Director Rainbow Umbrella LGBTQ Film Festival N. London
Female Pioneer Award for ELEVATE @Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Feature, Best Actress Accolade Global Film Competition