Hey there good people!
Here's my deal, the super long version:
I believe stories that shine a light on issues such as police brutality, racism, homophobia, mental illness, homelessness, religion discrimination, addiction, equal rights for women, incarceration, child abuse, and elderly abuse; can help educate, inspire change and elevate our consciousness.
My name is Anjela Danielovna Matemotja, born in the former U.S.S.R. and living in Los Angeles. Because I was born into into a bi-cultural and bi-racial family, my perspective and experiences in this world have never been quite “ordinary.”
My black South African Father was a part of the political arm of the ANC, which helped him escape from the political oppression to study in the former U.S.S.R.
In Kiev is where my Father met and married my Mother, a young Russian woman whose family settled there after the war. Kiev is also my birthplace.
As a consequence of my Father having to live in exile, by the time I was eight years old I'd lived in Russia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Arriving in America speaking only Russian and Swahili, I immediately realized that I did not fit in with other kids.
So by the time I was a teenager, feeling like a misfit and growing up in the South Bay during the Reagan era, I naturally fell into the punk rock scene. Punk rock and Ska music expressed everything that I was and everything that I felt.
The legitimized anger echoed in bands like Crass, MDC, Uniform Choice, The Specials, SSD Control and Operation Ivy was something that I related to on a visceral level and was not hearing about in popular culture in a way that I could understand.
These early experiences coupled with my empathic nature helped me form my unique outlook on culture, society and race.
My mission as a filmmaker and actor is to explore the social, sub cultural and international aspects of our nation, one story at a time. I've been sharing this mission since 2011, through my work with Matemotja Productions.
My goal with The Indie Film Tribe podcast is to teach, motivate and inspire filmmakers, actors and screenwriters that are committed to creating content with a conscious.
Our world is in crisis and I believe that art can heal.
We as artists have the power to encourage dialogue for understanding, acceptance and compassion. That is my mission and has been since 2011. If you'd like to be the first to know when we launch and join our tribe:
Name: Angela Matemotja
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Indie Film Tribe
Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter, Director and Producer
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Film by Matemotja Productions (Drama) Writer/Director Actress http://elevatefilm.com/ Written by Anonymous
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 (Short, Drama, Family and Sport) 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 (Short and Drama) 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.