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A comedy about Darren, Sylvie, and the bullfight in their basement.
A comedy about Darren, Sylvie, and the bullfight in their basement.
176 backers pledged $20,090 to help bring this project to life.

Austin! Award! And we're big in Japan...?


Hello Dear Backers!

Thank you again for your support of SIN MATADOR! I have some great news about the film, and I wanted to share it with you first. 

1. BEST SHORT COMEDY at the Long Beach International Film Festival!! 

We won the Jury Award for Best Short Comedy among some very funny films. Thanks Long Beach, thanks backers!!


Clearly in an effort to keep Austin weird, the Austin Film Festival is programming Sin Matador. This is a great festival in a great city and I'm so excited to be a part of it. They also are programming my other short Amateur Dictator. So that's exciting! If you're in Austin it they will play on Sunday 11/1 and Tuesday 11/3, 

3. We played in the Coney Island Film Festival, but I was not able to promote it. So sorry! Great screening, and big laughs. Honored to play in a sideshow theater. Hope to have another NYC screening soon...


It looks like we will have a distribution deal in Japan for the short! This could mean streaming, DVD, or television. Very exciting! I'll keep you posted as I know more. 

Thanks again for all your support, so happy we're making people around the world laugh with this movie! Thanks for making it possible. Have a wonderful day!


Shorts on the Beach THIS FRIDAY + More!

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Hello Dear Backers, 

As always, I'm so grateful for your support on this project! Some fun festival news: 

SIN MATADOR will be part of the Long Beach International Film Festival in Long Beach, NY! We are part of the program SHORTS ON THE BEACH this FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th at 9:00 PM. Its sold out online, but they say there will be plenty of rush tickets, so if you're in the area, come to the beach and watch some great short films! 

Come early and enjoy a) the beach, and b) live music from 5:00 PM. We will also be part of a program indoors in during the man festival September 24th-27th, specific day/time tbd (but I'll let you know!). 

In other festival news, SIN MATADOR was part of the Tenerife International Film Festival in Madrid this July, where we were NOMINATED FOR SEVERAL AWARDS - YAY!! We were nominated (all for short films): Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Producer!!  No wins, but awesome to be recognized in so many categories. Thanks Tenerife! 

And thanks again BACKERS! We made a movie that is slowly garnering international acclaim. Amazing. Thanks again, I'll keep you posted as more screenings develop. All the best!


FESTIVAL PREMIERS!! Aspen & Lanzarote!!


Hello Backers!!

Great news for Sin Matador! Some of you must have been crossing your fingers, because we made it into a MAJOR FILM FESTIVAL! The Aspen Shortfest is one of the most esteemed short film festivals in the USA and we will have our NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE there this APRIL 10th at 5:30 PM!!!

And, leading up to that, we will have our WORLD PREMIERE at the Festival International de Cine Lanzarote in the Canary Islands! How fitting to have our world premier in Spain! 

Lanzarote will also be screening my other short AMATEUR DICTATOR which, if you haven't watched it, please check it out HERE.  

As always, I'm deeply touched and thankful to have your support! We could not have done it without you, and we're so excited that the film you helped make is starting to screen on two continents! THANKS AGAIN!


PS- I've been on the move a bit the last month, so if you sent your address for your backers rewards a little later, those will be sent out in the next week or two - we didn't forget about you!!! Thanks again!!!

Pictures from the shoot...and your address please!

Hello fabulous backers! 

If you have not already done so, please do fill out the survey with your address so we can send you your perks for backing Sin Matador. If you are having trouble with the form, or just don't like forms, please feel free to send me your address directly at 

Also, if you're not avid Facebook folks, I finally posted some behind-the-scenes pictures there. They are really fun - check them out here:


Its been a real pleasure packing up all these packages and thinking of each of you and the goodwill your contributions sent to this film. Its not only the concrete financial help, but knowing that nearly 200 people thought this film was worth making  meant a lot, and gave us extraordinary momentum to get this difficult movie made, so THANK YOU again. 

Have a good day!


Happy New Year!

Hello Dear Backers!

Thank you again for your generous contribution to what turned out to be a very challenging project. And a very fun and funny short film in the end. Now that its the future, we've been able to find space in life to create the SIN MATADOR BACKERS REWARDS 2015!! 

We've sent out a survey for your address.PLEASE fill it out so that we can mail you your reward. Its truly my pleasure to send these, so please don't demure - fill out the address form and we'll send them soon! 

***It appears you have to log in to Kickstarter to fill out the survey. If you are having trouble logging in, feel free to just email me your mailing address:***

As for the film - if you haven't watched it, you can do so HERE or at the below link (the link is still private as we explore out options at film festivals, password is "matador"), or on DVD in a couple weeks if you've pledged at that level. I'm really proud of the movie and all the amazing work and talent that went into it. Its completely finished and we're sending it out to major film festivals all over the world. So everybody cross your fingers collectively so that in the next update I can let you know its coming to a big screen near you! Alternately, if any of you are currently sleeping with a programmer from a major international film festival, this short is a great way to kick off a date sure to casually mention its looking for a killer world premiere! 

In other news, I made a new short Amateur Dictator that won "Student Selects" and "Jury Honors" at the Columbia University Film Festival. Its another comedy and stars Jorge Alvarado, who had his screen acting debut in Sin Matador! Check it out HERE or the link below. Password is "jorge".

Thanks again, and again, for your generous contributions, support, and friendship. Its been great to finally put these rewards together, and I'm looking forward to sending them your way. Wishing you all the best in 2015! Thanks again!



PASSWORD: matador

Also watch my new short film Amateur Dictator here: