How does one become a daddy? That’s the question at the center of writer-director Ori Ravid’s new short film Matt.
World-renowned gay adult film actor Colby Jansen stars in his first dramatic role in Matt. It is a short tale of two “Matts” – one an accomplished architect (Jansen) who has been around the block, the other a nursing student (newcomer Patrick Wallace) who is fresh out of the closet. Matt invites other-Matt over for drinks, a movie… and a night that will mean much more for one of them than the other.
Matt is a coming of age story about a young man’s potential path to “daddyhood”. It is about how we go about finding ourselves after we first come out with no road map or real sense of direction. And it is about how hookups can help inform our sense of self, how they can help steer us where we’re supposed to go.
“When gay characters are depicted on screen, they are usually happy-go-lucky and asexual, or deeply troubled but have incredibly hot, beautiful sex,” said Ravid. “With Matt, I simply aimed to depict a realistic hookup between two gay characters who happen to be in very different places in life. Whether you’re gay or straight or bi or something else, we all go through messy experiences that help shape who we are. It’s time to celebrate that.”