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The Poorest Man in the World

After a year of marriage, Juliet (Jennifer Stockwell) and Grandison (David Cowan) are preparing for a small gathering at their home to celebrate their anniversary. But when Juliet's romantic relationship with one of their guests is rekindled, the future of the young marriage becomes unsure. As the home is consumed by conflict and suspicion, Juliet's daughter, Zoe (Carrae McDonald) finds nowhere to bring her own relational troubles.

An intense tour of misunderstanding, ethical ambiguity, and epistemological violence, The Poorest Man in the World is a clear-eyed look at what it means to be a middle-class American family.

  • Matthew Griffin
    Open When Johnny Can Read
  • Matthew W Griffin
    Open When Johnny Can Read
  • Edward Williams
  • Jennifer Page Stockwell
    Key Cast
    Myth Humpers,Debt Man
  • David Cowan
    Key Cast
    The 5 Stages of Trump,A Brief History of the Holidays
  • Carrae McDonald
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    4K Digital
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Director Biography - Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin is a published fiction author and writer/director of A Tablet of Overcoming (2010) which won Best Narrative Feature at the Rembrandt Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, and was an official selection at the Texas International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

I see my creative acts as a struggle between my rational, settled self and a constellation of unsettling experiences. I find something irresistible about plucking these intense emotional impressions from their places on the slide carousel and naturalizing them again in a timeline where they must wait patiently alongside the mundane human activity that fills life.