Chicago Undercover

Set in the early 1960s, Butch Buchanan, a hardboiled and highly-decorated detective in the Chicago Police Department, teams up with sidekick Maxine Padlowski, a bold and cunning private eye who is often mistreated and neglected in the department. The two detectives begin to crack down on a case to bust an infamous cartel in the city: The Los Padabillas Gang. However, during the pursuit, Butch discovers something shocking about his partner.

  • Mateen Missaghi
  • Mateen Missaghi
  • Mateen Missaghi
  • Lucas Da Silva
    Key Cast
    "Butch Buchanan"
  • Emily Theophylactou
    Key Cast
    "Maxine Padlowski"
  • Carlos Castro Paguaga
    Key Cast
    "Hector Padilla"
  • Eric Augurusa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Detective, Crime, Action, Film-Noir
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase
    May 11, 2019
    World Premiere
    Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Mateen Missaghi

Mateen Missaghi is a 19-year-old student filmmaker residing in Vaughan, Ontario. He began working as a freelance videographer at sixteen years old when discovered by a talent manager in Toronto. In his final year of high school, he shot and directed his first short film which won him the Best Cinematography award at TIFF's annual Next Wave Showcase in May 2019, as well as a bursary to support his studies at York University later that year. He has since directed two more documentaries and shot or edited five additional short films in the second year of his Film Production program. After graduating, he is hoping to pursue a career in the film industry as a cinematographer and traveling documentarian.

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