Private Project

Ignited States

Jud Nichols’ hometown of Minneapolis erupts into chaos after the violent death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

Having dedicated his life to fighting the systemic injustices brought on by slavery and its lasting effects, the zealous public defender becomes a relentless video journalist almost over night.

Defending his underrepresented clients in the courtrooms by day and taking to the streets documenting the impassioned protesting and rioting by night, Jud begins to question his alliance to the cause.

The journey he undertakes leads to an unraveling of preconceived notions. In the end, Jud gives his viewers an opportunity to reflect on their assumptions surrounding this horrific chapter of United States history and calls us to put the pieces back together, perhaps this time in a way we hadn’t previously considered.

  • Jud Nichols
  • Matt Chase
  • Jud Nichols
  • Matt Chase
  • Jourdan Gomez
  • Matt Chase
  • Jud Nichols
  • Jonas Mune
    Music Composers
  • Dex Barstad
    Music Composers
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Action, Protest
  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K, ProRes
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Distribution Information
  • Camp Collar Workers
    Sales Agent
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Matt Chase

Matt Chase is a 28-year-old filmmaker based in Golden, Colorado. Ignited States will be his directorial debut.

With an education in digital film production, just five years of professional editing experience, and a credit in a 2021 internationally award-winning documentary film, Matt is quickly establishing himself as an emerging filmmaker.

Future projects include anything vérité, nonfiction, and narrative. While not in the field, Matt decompresses at his favorite climbing crags in the Rocky Mountains.

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