Screening and Q&A: American Murderer (2022, Matthew Gentile)
FAMU International will host screening of American Murderer (USA, 2022) followed by online Q&A with the director and FAMU alumni Matthew Gentile. The screening will take place on Friday, February 24, starting at 2 pm in the FAMU Screening Room (Lažanský palác), followed by a Q&A session with the director in U1. FAMU students are welcome to attend.
American Murderer had its world premiere at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily, won the Artistic Director Award at the San Diego International Film Festival, picked up Best Actor and Best Music at the Boston Film Festival, and won Best Narrative Feature at Fayetteville Film Fest.
The event will be moderated by Mary Angiolillo, who is the CIEE Academic co-ordinator.
MATTHEW GENTILE is an award-winning filmmaker. His narrative feature debut, American Murderer, stars Emmy-nominee Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Shantel VanSanten, Moises Arias, Paul Schneider, and Kevin Corrigan.
The film was picked up for distribution by Lionsgate/Saban Films (for US/Canada) & Universal Pictures (for International). It had its world premiere at the prestigious Taormina Film Fest in Sicily, won the Artistic Director Award at the San Diego International Film Festival, picked up Best Actor and Best Music at the Boston Film Festival, had its West Coast Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and won Best Narrative Feature at Fayetteville Film Fest. It opened exclusively in theaters on October 21st, 2022 -- before its digital/demand release on October 28th.
A graduate of the prestigious directing program at the AFI Conservatory, Matthew’s thesis film Frontman won the Student Emmy for Best Directing and his second thesis Lawman played over 100 festivals worldwide and won the Dolby + Vizio Vision Award at AFI Fest. Currently, Matthew is prepping his second feature, a thriller/noir titled The Socialite (based on the nonfiction book A Socialite Scorned) and is developing multiple projects in the true-crime, action, and thriller genres.
In 2011, Matthew studied at FAMU through the CIEE/FAMU Filmmaking program, where he prepared the 16mm short film Cat In The Rain.