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About Matthew

A high school English teacher by day, screenwriter by night.

I've been teaching English/Language Arts/Composition/American and World Literature, as well as Social Studies (History, Economics, Civics, Geography) for 20+ years.

I've been writing screenplays, short fiction, and poetry seriously since 1993. My writing journey has been, as John Lennon wrote, "a long and winding road". Until this past October, I had absolutely no confidence in my writing ability, but it was part of who I was. I couldn't give it up, even though I NEVER showed my product to anyone. No one in the business, no one I knew. My own family barely knew I wrote creatively. I was so frightened someone would confirm my fears and tell me to stop, give up; that I was no good. That all changed in October.

I met my mentor and a friend who, through his platform "The Failed Filmmaker" shepherded me through a writing process and empowered me to be who I always wanted to be: a writer. For that, and for the gift of confidence in myself, I'm forever grateful to Sean LaFollette.

So, here I am! I write everyday. I'm proud of what I write, enjoying the creative process. I'm looking forward to connecting, possibly collaborating, and being part of a community of writers and filmmakers. Let's create something!

Unique traits: Taught MIddle School/High School English/Language Arts/Literature/Drama/Composition and Social Studies for 20+ years.

Loglines

  • Masks

    Masks Thriller Horror A Vietnam Vet working in 1970's Detroit goes for a restful weekend with three friends up north. What he gets is a descent into a world he never knew existed with people he thought he knew. When their secrets are revealed, all hell breaks loose. Then again, the Vet has some secrets of his own...

  • Young Goodman Brown

    Young Goodman Brown Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Historical Salem Village, 1725. A journey home for a young Boston magistrate becomes a nightmare as he is confronted by the unbelievable past of his dying father, his about-to-be widowed mother and a community where nothing is as it seems. Based on the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Awards

  • Honorable Mention- Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards
    (2021)

  • Network Teacher of the Year (Cornerstone Education Group)
    (2012)

  • Network Teacher of the Year (Cornerstone Education Group)
    (2009)

  • Outstanding Teacher (Weston Technical Academy)
    (2002)

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