• Director

    Matthew Charles Thompson

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2019, 4 min

  • Category

    Short Narrative

  • Format

    Digital (screening) – RED (shooting)

  • Festival Year


Cast: Matthew Charles Thompson, Grace Brancato
Crew: Producers: Matthew Charles Thompson – Screenwriters: Matthew Charles Thompson – Cinematographer: Matt Simpkins – Editor: Greg Roderick
Email: matthewcthompson@gmail.com

A dad in search of redemption advises his daughter.

Matthew Charles Thompson makes his directorial debut with “Talismans,” one of several super shorts he wrote to collaborate with his friends. Beyond his interests in writing, producing, directing and acting, Matthew runs a private voice studio, coaching Broadway singers on technique and interpretation. Matthew earned his BA in Sociology at Boston College and his MM in Theater at Boston Conservatory. He taught in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He lives with his dog Jake in New York City.

Filmmaker’s Note

Writer’s Statement: I wrote “Talismans” in four hours one late night in October 2017. I had grown exhausted failing to pry clips from producers for my actor reel so was taking matters into my own hands. Little did I realize that exercise – hyper-focusing down to a character type I could marketably play tomorrow – had tapped into a part of me I have long neglected to explore, namely settling up between who I am and who I thought I would be. As a single, under-employed gay man, its hard to fathom easily bringing a child into this world, especially into a world where I am far less anything than I ever imagined I would be. But as with all parents, who have children to show the world to and pass along all they know, its their children who reflect back who they really are. My dad thinks my grandpa would have really liked this short.