Miracle Matt

A mini-doc of "Miracle Matt" Manazari, a local Clermont, FL boy. Do you ever wonder, "What do bad things happen to good people?" Perhaps "Miracle Matt's story will help us all see deeper into feeling with pain and suffering. Loved by all his peers, respected as one of the top athletes in his sport, and a man who undoubtedly has a story worth hearing. At the peak of Matt's career as a Professional Wakeskater, he suffered a near death accident competing at what is the equivalent of The World Series in baseball, or the NFL Super Bowl. Against all odds, he survived total reconstructed skull and face surgeries and was thought to return back to his sport in full force. 6 months later, Matt had a second accident, when he was tragically electrocuted with 15,000 volts of electricity while trimming trees at his church. This was it. Life was over for Matt. Doctors told his pregnant wife and family to say their good-byes. At best he was going to be a vegetable. Miracle Matt truly is one of the most inspiring stories and an inspiration to have faith through a sometimes uncertain question, "What do bad things happen to good people?"

  • Kevin Durham
    Purpose Film, Christian Hosoi - Mini Doc., Kristi O. Johnson - Mini Doc. , Shaun Murray - Mini Doc.,
  • David Newton
    Purpose Film
  • Mark Koch
    Purpose Film, Megabi Film
  • Matthew Manzarai
    Key Cast
  • Trevor Ward
    I Met With An Accident
  • Sean Kilgus
    Prime Wake Movie, Butter Effect, DEFY
  • Matt Soriano
  • David Newton
    Director of Photography
    Purpose Film
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50,400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, Sonya FS700
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Christian Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    May 5, 2017
    Trailer only
    Audience Choice Award
Director Biography - Kevin Durham, David Newton

Kevin Durham has always been someone who is gifted in story-telling. His work consists primarily within short documentary stories of individuals. He has done mini-docs with 14 of the worlds Top action sports athletes, including Bethany Hamilton the "Soul Surfer." For the past 10 years Kevin has served as Executive Director of a story based non-profit organization, This Is My Story. His mini-doc work has been seen by more than 5 million people in over 80 countries. He is mostly concerned with how his work can truly change peoples' lives.

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Director Statement

Creating is an art. Art is subjective, therefore as creators we must remember that our work does not define us, nor should we seek value in the praise or success illusively found therein. On the contrary, I strive to create for others, and find freedom in focusing not what I do or do not accomplish, but on who I will become on the journey, and what friends I make along the way. To this end, let us create again and again and again.