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Potcake Rescue

In 2015, Mat and Shannon Matlack fell in love with the stray dogs on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The strays are lovingly referred to as Potcakes, getting their name after the congealed cake-like substance found at the bottom of a cooked pot of peas & rice. This is what the locals feed the dogs. The Matlacks found a Potcake almost dead on the side of the road, helped get him back to health, and then adopted him a few weeks later when he was ready for travel.

Mat and Shannon returned to The Caribbean in 2016 to make the film, Potcake Rescue. The goal of this movie is to create awareness of these unbelievably lovable dogs so others may choose to help curb the more than 50,000 strays throughout the Caribbean. A shelter on Great Abaco Island was started on an old city dump site donated by the local government. This short film highlights Abaco Shelter, its founder, and the volunteers who have dramatically reduced the number of strays on the island.

Abaco Shelter: http://www.AbacoShelter.com
Royal Potcake Rescue (501c3): http://www.Potcake.org
Music: The Follow http://TheFollow.bandcamp.com

  • Matthew Matlack
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Bahamas, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Samsung VR 360
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Samsung Creators Awards
    New York City
    United States
    October 27, 2016
    North American Premiere
    2nd Place - Causes Category
Director Biography - Matthew Matlack

Music was the first canvas that brought Mat to moving pictures. From song videos to creative works projected during live performances, music motivated his storytelling. Now, the story motivates the telling. Sometimes it's the music, sometimes it's the people. But mostly, it's the story between the frames that Mat's works represent.

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Director Statement

I've come to understand that the story is what compels me. I didn't understand that at first. My hope with movies is to help people, and other entities (causes, animals, organizations), become known. We all have a desire to be known at a core level. And, we all want to know others...deeply. I'm bold enough to believe that moving pictures with the proper sound & music can accomplish this endeavor.