THE TURNER EXHIBIT
Winner: BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
Cast: David Costabile, JD Cullum, Angelica Page, Michele Pawk , Elizabeth Cassedy, Charlie Dreizen
Crew: Producers: Mathew Gregory Bainbridge, Lindsay Mercer, Paul Weiss, Alex Hedstrom – Screenwriters: Mathew Gregory Bainbridge – Casting Director: Donna DeSeta – Camera: William J. Gray (CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP), Mike Panczenko Jr. (Assistant Camera), Nick Midwig (CAMERA OPERATOR, DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN) – Art Department: Dawson Nolley (Production Designer), Tracy Howard (Art Director
Growing resentment between brothers Anthony and Alex Turner, one successful and the other struggling, leads to tragic consequences. Over the course of three holiday gatherings, tensions caused by strained family bonds and social inequity boil over into jealousy, deception and betrayal.
Mathew Gregory Bainbridge After graduating with a BFA from Northern Michigan University in 1995, Mathew Bainbridge moved to Baltimore, MD where he currently teaches film at Towson University. Mathew has worked in the motion picture and television industry for twenty years. His resume includes major motion pictures such as Liberty Heights, Cecil B. Demented and Head of State as well as the television dramas The Wire and Homicide. Mathew has also worked on over one hundred television commercials including the infamous Bob Dole Viagra spot. In 2004, Mathew wrote and directed Partita, an experimental fifty-two minute drama that played theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.
Director’s Statement: Mathew Gregory Bainbridge — The Turner Exhibit It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise origin of The Turner Exhibit, but if forced to speculate my best guess would involve a conversation with a close friend of mine. It had been 5 years since I had tried to make a movie. I had been teaching in the interim waiting for both my finances and creative spirit to recover from my previous attempt at Producing and Directing. Creatively speaking, I was playing with a variety of concepts and even started writing a few drafts, but nothing came together. That was when a friend of mine told me about an avant-garde movie that she had seen on the West Coast. What little notoriety the movie had came from its odd subject matter and explicit sex scenes involving people with very unconventional physical appearances. Having read a few negative reviews of the film, I expected my friend to have an apathetic view of the picture. To my surprise, she had found the experience of seeing the movie on the big screen to be truly engaging. “I was curious about the things happening on screen and watching them in a dark room full of strangers with no one judging me was worth it.” Eureka, this is the type of feeling that I was after…sort of. I was not interested in shocks or exploitation per se. What I was trying to do was capture a type of uncomfortable emotional anguish that audiences are often spared from in favor of a traditional melodramatic pathos which is easier to digest and let go of when the credits roll. It is my belief that all conflict is personal and originates not so much from lack of resources or mutual objectives, but from deep-seated personal insecurities that most never acknowledge within themselves. My next movie was going to be a Thriller whose revelations were centered around why rather than what. A movie where audiences could sit in dark rooms and watch characters during their most somber moments. A story about private anonymous occasions where baseless opinions are formed and acted upon. Decisions made in fear supported by pride and shame resulting in paranoia and conspiracies of the mundane. The anger, fear and contempt depicted in The Turner Exhibit can be seen everywhere from politics to internet discussion groups. Most blame cultural institutions and rogue figures for leading the disenfranchised down paths of hate and personal destruction. It is my contention that the disenfranchised seek out rouge figures and infiltrate cultural institutions leading society down those same paths. I hope that The Turner Exhibit is kind of movie that allows audiences to stare judgement-free at vulnerable characters, compassion exhausted by perseverance, succumbing to their worst impulses, causing the same audiences to think about their perspectives regarding themselves and the impulses of those around them. Mathew Gregory Bainbridge Writer, Director of The Turner Exhibit