"We haven't always had the best, but we've done the best with what we've had."
“We haven’t always had the best, but we’ve done the best with what we've had.”
- Matt Long, Director, Burning Bush Productions
Passion: the driving force behind great things.
Matt channels his passion into his family, his faith, and his filmmaking. He is a student of leadership, the art of filmmaking and the Scriptures. He strives to be the best he can be in every area of his life.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Matt’s childhood was shaped by the cartoons, comics and movies of the 80’s. These influences fed and developed the creativity that now fuels his edgy, outside-the-box filmmaking.
As an independent filmmaker for over 14 years, Matt has had the opportunity to build a versatile team of talented and dedicated people, develop his and their skills through each fast-paced project and grow in their knowledge and arsenal of filmmaking tools. With little to no budget, he and his crew have made many short films, children’s video series and won multiple awards in the 48 Hour Film Project including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Directing and even Best Film. This big win took them to Hollywood for the international competition where their film “TimmyVision” screened at the TCL Chinese Theater. Following this path of success led Matt and his crew in 2015 to start the arduous three year journey of making their first feature film, a faith-based zombie drama/thriller, The Red Resurrection.
Matt believes all media has a message. “We should know what we’re wanting to say before we say it. Knowing where we’re going brings greater clarity to the direction of a story and gives the audience a better chance to understand the core of our narrative. Media without a resolute message is pointless.” With allegory as his weapon of choice, Matt shares the truths he believes his audience needs to hear, whether through drama, comedy, sci fi, or even horror. His greatest desire is for people to walk away from his films, not only entertained, but seeing and understanding life from a perspective they never have before.
Official Selection
The Red Resurrection
Louisville’s International Festival of Film
Louisville, KY
2018
Best Plot Development, Kerosene Kommendation Award
The Red Resurrection
Imaginarium Independent Film Festival
Louisville, KY
2018
Viewers Choice Award
The Red Resurrection
MayDay Film Festival
Evansville, IN
2018
Official Selection
The Red Resurrection
Super Geek Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale, FL
2018
Official Selection
The Red Resurrection
Hollywood South Film Festival
Springfield, KY
2018
Best Special Effects, Best Feature Film 3rd Place
The Red Resurrection
Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
Buffalo, NY
2018
Best Feature Film, Best First Time Filmmaker, Best Cinematography-Gold Award
The Red Resurrection
Royal Wolf Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Best Horror/Thriller Feature Film
The Red Resurrection
Creation International Film Festival
Ottawa, Ontario
Award of Recognition
The Red Resurrection
The IndieFEST Film Awards
La Jolla, CA
Best Feature Film Gold, Best Director Silver
The Red Resurrection
Pinnacle Film Awards
Hollywood Hills, CA
Best Original Idea
The Red Resurrection
Top Indie Film Awards
Best Feature Film No Budget
The Red Resurrection
Gold Movie Awards
London, England
Best Horror/Thriller Feature Film, Best Make Up FX Feature Film, Best Produced Screenplay Feature Film, Best First Time Filmmaker
The Red Resurrection
Cinema WorldFest Awards
Ottawa, Ontario
Official Selection
The Red Resurrection
International Christian Film and Music Festival
Orlando, FL
Birth Date
December 5, 1979
Height
5’9”
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
White
Eye Color
Hazel
Married To
Jessica
“Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda, Jedi Master
"That was perfect! Let's do it one more time." -Matt Long, Director, Burning Bush Productions
"We haven't always had the best, but we've done the best with what we've had."
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