Private Project


A dad in search of redemption advises his daughter.

  • Matthew Charles Thompson
  • Matthew Charles Thompson
  • Matthew Charles Thompson
  • Matthew Charles Thompson
    Key Cast
  • Grace Brancato
    Key Cast
  • Matt Simpkins
  • Greg Roderick
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Big Apple Film Festival - Spring 2019
    New York, NY
    United States
    May 18, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New York Shorts Film Festival 2019
    New York, NY
    United States
    June 2, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Georgia Shorts Film Festival 2019
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    June 15, 2019
    Southeast US Premiere
    Finalist - Best Micro Short
  • Venus Italian International Film Festival 2019
    Las Vegas, NV
    United States
    July 30, 2019
    Southwest US Premiere
    Winner - Best Young Actress (Grace Brancato)
  • Austin Micro Short Film Festival 2019
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    September 15, 2019
    Southwest US Premiere
    Nominee - Best Actor (Matthew Charles Thompson)
  • Cutting Room International Short Film Festival 2019
    New York, NY
    United States
    October 20, 2019
    Winner - Best Short Short (Talismans); Winner - Best Rising Star, Actress (Grace Brancato)
  • Orlando Film Festival 2019
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    October 22, 2019
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    November 2, 2019
    PA Premiere
    Nominee - Best Young Actress (Grace Brancato)
  • Studio City Internation Film and TV Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    November 13, 2019
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Astoria, NY
    United States
    March 24, 2020
    Hometown Premiere
    Nominated - Best Short Short (Talismans)
Director Biography - Matthew Charles Thompson

Matthew Charles Thompson makes his directorial debut with "Talismans," one of several super shorts he wrote to collaborate with his friends. Beyond his interests in writing, producing, directing and acting, Matthew runs a private voice studio, coaching Broadway singers on technique and interpretation.

Matthew earned his BA in Sociology at Boston College and his MM in Theater at Boston Conservatory. He taught in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He lives with his dog Jake in New York City.

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Writer’s Statement
I wrote “Talismans” in four hours one late night in October 2017. I suffered from Obtain-clips-from-recalcitrant-producers-for-actor-reel-itis, so I decided to generate my own content. Little did I realize that exercise - hyper-focusing down to a character type I could marketably play tomorrow - had tapped into a part of me I had long neglected to explore, namely settling up between who I am and who I thought I would be. As a single, under-employed gay man, its hard to fathom easily bringing a child into this world, especially into a world where I am far less anything than I ever imagined I would be. But as with all parents, who have children to show the world to and pass along all they know, it's their children who reflect back who they really are. My dad thinks my grandpa would have really liked this short.