October 12, 2022

Exploring the Making of "American Murderer" - Previs On an Indie Budget

Join us for a behind the scenes look at of the making of the true crime film American Murderer. Director Matthew Gentile and Editor Matt Allen will be particularly highlighting their pre-production planning and how they used previs on an indie film budget to achieve the vision for the film.

Be sure to check out the full film, American Murderer, in theaters on October 21st and digital on October 28th. 


Our Presenters:

MATT ALLEN (EDITOR) is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and the recipient of the American Cinema Editor’s prestigious Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship. Matt recently edited his first feature film American Murderer. He also served as the film’s pre-visualization editor, music editor, and score producer. Matt began his movie journey in the studio offices of CBS Films and Voltage Pictures (which included working at the Cannes Film Festival twice). Through his work experience and ACE fellowship, Matt has been mentored by academy award nominated editors including a long term editor/assistant-editor collaboration with Matt Chesse ACE (Finding Neverland & Quantum of Solace). Matt’s assistant editor credits include Hollywood feature films Disney’s Christopher Robin, Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel and Sweet Girl starring Jason Momoa. Matt holds a BFA in Media Production from Pepperdine University and a MFA in Editing from the American Film Institute.

MATTHEW GENTILE (DIRECTOR) is an award-winning director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. He most recently completed his first feature film, American Murderer, a true-crime drama that stars Tom Pelphrey (Ozark, Outer Range), Ryan Phillippe (Breach, Crash), Idina Menzel (Uncut Gems, Frozen) and two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook). Saban Films & Universal Pictures have acquired the film’s worldwide distribution rights; it is slated for a theatrical release on October 21st, 2022.

A graduate of the prestigious directing program at the AFI Conservatory, Matthew’s thesis film “Frontman” won the Student Emmy for Best Directing. Shortly after graduating, Matthew was hired to come back to AFI as an alum and direct a second thesis film Lawman which starred Lance Reddick (The Wire, Bosch). That short played over 100 festivals worldwide and won the Dolby + Vizio Vision Award at AFI Fest. After completing “Lawman”, Matthew went on to direct a proof-of-concept short for American Murderer which starred Jonathan Groff (The Matrix: Ressurections, Mindhunter) and Amanda Crew (Silicon Valley). 

Currently, Matthew is writing his second feature, The Socialite, a true-crime drama that is based on the book “A Socialite Scorned” by Kerrie Droban and developing multiple projects in the true-crime genre.

*To be eligible to participate in our giveaway you must stay to the end of the meeting.

**Winners will be chosen offline after the meeting and notified the next day at the email given at registration.

***This meeting will be live streamed on YouTube.

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