las gitanas follows a young latino and a group of hustlers over the course of a night in los angeles. it explores chance interactions amongst disparate souls and the common pulse that binds them.
filmed in echo park and east hollywood, california. digital video. 16 minutes. 2015.
"...the point here is not to moralize, and the stakes aren’t conveyed in any traditional sense. The dark urban landscape takes on an otherworldly quality. There’s some kind of throbbing spiritual energy that cleanses wrongdoings as soon as they are committed. Director Matthew Anderson weaves it together with elegance and vibrancy, focusing on confused/lost/seedy characters, but treating them with an uncommon humanity. It’s a beautiful and tender work with a lively cast and transcendent final sequence." - NoBudge.com
Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
The Silverlake Picture Show
Coaxial Arts, Shadow Kitchen
19th Cellu L'Art Kurzfilmfestival Jena
24th Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia
35th Int'l Film Festival of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay
46th Tampere Film Festival Tampere, Finland *Nominated Best Fiction Film
Interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin
The Phi Center's Best of Winterthur, Montreal
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San Diego Latino International Film Festival, California
Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine
13th International Kurz.Film.Spiele Konstanz, Germany
9th Northern Wave International Film Festival, Iceland
32nd PUBLICYSTYKA International Film Festival, Poland
Alter-Native Int’l Film Festival, Targu Mures, Transylvania
Wintherthur Kurzfilmtage, Switzerland
Cheries-Cheri's LGBTQ Film Festival, Paris
Mezipatra Film Festival, Prague
Cine+Mas San Francisco (CMSF) Latino Film Festival, California
Festival of Nations, Austria
Human Resources Los Angeles, California
starring sergio alvarez, michelle ortiz, edgar edgerly, tanya barjas, michael sasso, harry karp, mikandrew perdaris, tad coughenour, precious holloway, and carey fox.
produced and directed by anderson matthew.
cinematography by ava benjamin. co-edited with brendan vaughan.