Chicago Undercover (10-Minute Version)

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
    Director
  • Mateen Missaghi
    Writer
  • Mateen Missaghi
    Producer
  • Lucas Da Silva
    Key Cast
    "Butch Buchanan"
  • Emily Theophylactou
    Key Cast
    "Maxine Padlowski"
  • Carlos Castro Paguaga
    Key Cast
    "Hector Padilla"
  • Eric Augurusa
    Key Cast
    "Sarge"
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.375:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase
    Toronto
    Canada
    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 wrote, shot, produced and directed his first short film Chicago Undercover in his final year of High-School and won the Best Cinematography award at the TIFF Jump Cuts High-School Filmmakers Showcase in May 2019, as well as the Best Student Director award at the 2019 Bristol Independent Film Festival and Best Parody Short at the 2019 Indie Short Fest. The film was also selected as a finalist in several international festivals, including 2019 All American High School Film Festival in New York City and Top Indie Film Awards in Tokyo.
Mateen has received the Comm Tech award at his High School graduation ceremony, as well as a bursary from TIFF to support his studies at York University, which he started in September 2019 for a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Film Production. Mateen is currently working on two short documentaries and a narrative film during his second year at York while doing freelance work as a cinematographer on various film sets in his local community. He also occasionally shoots concerts around Vaughan and Toronto.

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