Private Project

Tuned In

Emma, a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents by having her cell phone at the table gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learn the value of relationships.

  • Matthew Marshall
    Daughter of the KIng, Addictions, J, Ronny's Bench, Struggles Within,
  • Matthew Marshall
    Daughter of the King, Addictions, J, Struggles Within
  • Florin Marksteiner
    J, Falling For You, Daughter of the King, Crucifed
  • Marley Cabral
    Key Cast
  • Corina Leatherdale
    Key Cast
    Daughter of the King, Addictions
  • Jamie Rainbird
    Key Cast
    J, Falling For You
  • Talitha Wood
    Key Cast
  • Brittany Sterling
    Key Cast
  • Florin Marksteiner
    J, Falling For You, Daughter of the King, Crucified
  • David Jackson
    Director of Photography
  • Corrinne Wood
    Production Manager
    USB, Ronny's Bench, Struggles' Within
  • Matthew Marshall
    Daughter of the King, Addictions, J, Struggles' Within
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Christian
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 10 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 : 1
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Madhouse Movies Film Festival

    United States
    Best Director
  • Cutting Edge Film Festival.

    United States
    Official Selection & nomination for Best of Genre Award
  • Canadian Diversity Film Festival
    Best Director - Matthew Marshall
  • Dreams Come True Film Festival.

    United States
  • Canada's World International Film Festival

  • Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival.

    United States
  • International Christian Film Festival.

    United States
    "Best Lead Actress" nomination for Marley Cabral
  • LA CineFest Film Festival- February Edition

    United States
  • Chatham-Kent Film Festival
    Best Production Design and Best Supporting Actress for Corina Leatherdale
  • Milan VOD Distribution festival
  • Near Nazareth Festival

  • International Independent Film Awards

    4 Silver awards: Marley Cabral- Actress in a Leading role, Corina Leatherdale – Actress in a Supporting Role, Jamie Rainbird – Actor in a Supporting role and Matthew Marshall – Directing
  • Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
    Buffalo, New York
    United States
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition
  • Hope Film Awards

    United States
    Best Short Film Award
Director Biography - Matthew Marshall

Matthew is an award winning director and playwright, who has over twenty five years in the film, video production and theatre industry. His vast production experience includes such highlight credits as Director and writer of Tuned In, Director / Producer and Writer of the Award winning film, Daughter of the King; Director / Producer and Writer of Addictions; Director / Producer and Writer of Meaning of Christmas; Director / Producer / Non Linear Editor and Writer of Walk to the Cross; Director / Producer and Writer of Choices, Director / Producer and Co-writer of Reflections; Director, Producer and Writer of The Great Banquet; Director/ Producer and Co-writer of Time of Confusion; Director / Producer of My Fault; Director & Writer of Common Night; Director and Script Writer for Almanarah Presbyterian Church’s “Puppet Ministry”; Editor and Secondary Camera for the TV series,Baby Days with Spell Bound Productions; Producer of The Ken & Lois Show with Rogers Television; Stage Manager for Problem Child with Ausable Theatre and Stage Manager of Juno and the Paycock with UWO. Matthew also worked for four seasons with the Port Stanley Festival Theatre, two seasons as Production Manager and two seasons as Stage Manager. In his two seasons as Stage Manager his show credits include; “Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave”; “Maggie’s Getting Married”; “Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place”; and “Ivanka Chews the Fat” and ASM of “Personals” as well as Production Stage Manager and ASM of “Broadway Hero’s” staring David Rogers. As Production Manager show credits included; “Steel Magnolias”; “Marriage is Murder”, “Familiar Circles”; “Noel & Gertie”; “Forever Plaid”; “Long Weekend”; “Hank & Pasty”; “Driving Miss Daisy”; “Fingers & Toes” and “Deluxe Illustrated Body”.

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Director Statement

During filming the cast and crew got a glimpse of the very real issue of cell phones and mobile devices and how “Connected” we are to them. This sparked a discussion about how connected we are to our devices and yet we are disconnected from family, moral values and God.

Tuned In is relevant and timely in society today as it explores issues of teens being connected to social media and their electronic devices but not connected to family and other personal relationships.

Society seems to be oblivious to the fact that there is an issue with a generation that will not look up from their electronic mobile devices. The majority of the population, under the age of forty check their smart phones compulsively, especially teens and the twenty something generation. Yet these same people are becoming less and less connected through personal relationships to family and friends.

Cell phones are this powerful computer that gives us constant information; the new, the interesting and unpredictable. We feel rewarded with every Facebook post, text and new tweet. It’s like a drug and as with any drug over time, overuse can be destructive. It isolates us from the world around us.

These are the issues and themes that Emma deals with as she takes her journey from being grounded from electronic devices and as her parents attempt to teach her about personal relationships.