Social Media Monster

When Matthew came to St. Joseph Missouri, no one knew how he would use social media to disrupt the lives of so many people. This documentary looks at how people can get away with doing incredible amounts of damage with little to no consequence. Even when they threaten to commit acts of terrorism at nuclear facilities.

  • Peter John Ross
    Director
    horrors of war, accidental art
  • Peter John Ross
    Writer
  • Alfie Gonzalez
    Writer
  • Isa Rainer
    Producer
  • Peter John Ross
    Producer
    horrors of war, accidental art
  • Brian Myers
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Garner Quillon
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Austin Goecher
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Danny Phillips
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    88,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Peter John Ross

As a filmmaker Peter John Ross has produced, edited, and directed several award winning films. Ross created and produced the Emmy nominated and Telly Award winning PBS show Framelines on filmmaking. Ross has written articles for Moviemaker, Student Filmmaker, and Videomaker Magazines, and has been nominated for four regional Emmy's (and his mother reminds everyone that he has not won an Emmy).

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Director Statement

My entire life has been about telling stories. I started as a musician until I fell in love with making movies. In February 2000, I met Richard Linklater at the Wexner Center for the Arts and it changed my life. In less than a year, I had left my job as a broker and became a filmmaker and professional editor/producer.

My body of work consists of a potpourri of styles and subjects. I enjoy making comedies about things that make people uncomfortable to dramas that reflect my views of humanity. No one genre appeals to me more than another. All that matters to me is that I care about the characters and situations.

The past several years, my focus went in the direction of education. I have been making educational videos related to making movies. I am self taught. Every time I learned something, I wanted to share it. Since social media blossomed, my ability to share what little I know has exploded.

Currently, I want to get back to narrative and documentary storytelling. The projects I have for the foreseeable future include a more experimental film, a documentary, and a drama. I believe I have honed my skills and want to tell stories with moving pictures and sound.

There is no better experience than watching a story unfold in a dark room with a bunch of strangers.