Waiting For

When a man’s clumsy attempt at honesty derails a first date the only thing keeping the two of them there is a desire to try the gumbo. During their wait, however, they come to discover the upside of unrestrained honesty.

  • Braunsdorf, Matt
    Uber Ex, This Is That Night, John the Carpenter, Draftsville
  • Christian Davies
  • Jonathan Marballi
    Uber Ex, This Is That Night, Grumpy Gourmet
  • Matt Braunsdorf
    Uber Ex, John the Carpenter, Straight on Till Morning
  • Jonathan Marballi
    Key Cast
    Broad City, House of Cards, Thingstarter, Uber Ex, This Is That Night
  • Elyse Brandau
    Key Cast
    Alternatino, Veep, Late Show With Stephen Colbert
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    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Braunsdorf, Matt

Matt Braunsdorf is a director, cinematographer and editor. His background is in film production and financing, having worked at iDeal Partners Film Fund for 6 years. In his time there, he oversaw production of films like "Dirty Girl", "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete", "Pump", among others.

In the world of TV, he is a Director of Photography on the Comedy Central series "This Week at the Comedy Cellar," "Astronomy Club," and "A Cowboy Explains" among many other digital shorts. He has also shot and edited TV spots for Broadway shows like "Chicago," "Something Rotten," "King Kong," "The New One," "Sweat," "Mean Girls," and "Waitress," among many others. Additionally, he's edited television shows like "New York's Funniest," "Building off the Grid," "Blissful Thinking," and short form linear content for Fuse TV.

His work in web content includes Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, SaturdayNight Live, Improv Everywhere, People Magazine, NBC Sports, The New York Post, The Nerdist, Above Average Productions, College Humor, and UCBComedy. Most recently, Matt directed and edited two seasons of "Draftsville" for NBC Sports.

Matt has made multiple award-winning short films including "John the Carpenter," "MD Memories," and "This is That Night." Most recently, he directed and edited the short "Uber Ex," which won 5 awards across three continents and is now available to stream on airlines and train lines across the globe.

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Director Statement

I am a student of two mediums, cinema and theatre. My first love was the stage, acting all through my formative years, up through college, and now in my professional life. I have been in and directed plays in the last decade and was a member of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York. My second love, cinema, began as a hobby, grew to an obsession, and now has become my area of professional expertise.

Being a professional of both of these worlds and having spent the better part of my life immersed in them, I have always found that the work I create as a director becomes a blend of the two. I tend to favor bold theatrical lighting and big choices while maintaining intimacy in the stories I tell.

All that being said, I have never directed a project so clearly indebted to my dual sensibilities as "Waiting For." It is as much theatre as it is cinema. The script was intended to be a one act play, so when it was brought to me to make into a film I thought “Why change that?” The story and themes of the script seemed best served by a little theatricality. If it was shot in a location with a bunch of production, background, natural lighting, etc. it may have distracted from the story I wanted to tell. So shooting this on a stripped down stage with just enough elements to indicate the environment would be all we would need for the audience to understand where our characters were. This stripped down approach would then allow the audience to focus completely on our characters and the bond building between them. With that, I believe my team and I have made a short film unlike any other and I can’t wait to share it with audiences.