The Teleios Act

In the not-so-distant future, the Teleios Act dictates whether a baby is "perfect" enough to be born into a perfect society, but when the beloved spokes model conceives after a decade of infertility, a clerical mix-up threatens their lives.

  • Evan Matthews
  • Evan Matthews
  • Rachel Ann Mullins
    Shame On You, Project X Mark's The Spot, The Greys
  • Eric Matthews
    Recoil, CSI: NY, Open Season
  • Evan Matthews
    Recoil, August's Claim, MTV Movie Awards
  • Victoria Hill
    The Teleios Act
  • Galadriel Stineman
    Key Cast
    Glee, Law & Order, NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Devon Graye
    Key Cast
    American Horror Story, The Flash, Longmire
  • Diandra Lyle
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Cowl"
    Shameless, Code Black, Chicago Justice
  • Joise Azzam
    Summer 03'
  • Gareth Coker
    Halo, Ori and the Blind Forest, Assassins Creed
  • Corban Monger
    VFX Supervisor
  • Jasmine Liddell
  • Laura Razka
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    scifi, drama, thriller, sci-fi
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Smash Cut Cinefest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 25, 2019
    Private/Fellowship Screening
    Audience Choice Award
  • Detroit SheTown Film Festival
    Detroit, Michigan
    United States
    September 15, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Evan Matthews

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Evan's entertainment career ranges from scripted TV (Fox's 24), reality TV (Survivor, Apprentice), documentaries (An Inconvenient Truth), live events (MTV Movie Awards), and independent features. After the exceptional privilege of mentorship from industry iconoclasts Mark Burnett and Mike Medavoy, Evan went on to pursue a dual Masters in directing and screenwriting at USC's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts through 2014. In 2015, Evan finished his epic sci-fi thesis film Recoil, winning 10 awards, with 21 nominations in over 50 festivals around the world. Evan has recently shot for Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazine, produced an educational series on fashion photography, and is currently a directing fellow with the Smashcut Film Lab where he is releasing The Teleios Act.

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Director Statement

The Teleios Act is not just another short film meant to be a show piece or pure entertainment, but a movie that makes people think about where we are today and where we’re headed. I wanted to use a sci-fi, dramatic thriller as a digestible delivery system for a cautionary tale in the vein of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone. Any audience can dive into this world, go on a ride, and have a thought provoking experience without being didactic or polarizing. We 100% believe we accomplished this goal with the amazing cast, crew, and post production team.