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A new documentary that will explore how people navigate identity and expression in the open and evolving landscape of NYC!
A new documentary that will explore how people navigate identity and expression in the open and evolving landscape of NYC!
A new documentary that will explore how people navigate identity and expression in the open and evolving landscape of NYC!
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"Words: An Exploration of Identity"

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 What is "Words" about?

"Words" is a feature length Documentary about gender in the ever evolving landscape of NYC.

"I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word."- Emily Dickinson

How does language and rhetoric affect the opinions and conversations we have about identity? In what way does communication serve as a form of self-expression, and self-expression a form of communication?

Words will be an exploration of how people navigate identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City. Using some of NYC's most fluid scenes as a backdrop, Words will investigate the dissonance between self-constructed identity and identities that are projected onto us by society, and how they are contextualized in a range of environments, from the art world to early childhood education. Featuring exclusive interviews from a variety of artists, activists, icons, and innovators, Words promises to be a poignant and powerful tribute to the language we use to shape the many facets of our identities: as men, women, artists, New Yorkers, people.

Mattioli Production's upcoming documentary "Words" will explore how people navigate identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City. Using some of NYC's most fluid scenes as a backdrop, host Kevin Bartini will investigate how masculinity, femininity, and everything in between are contextualized in a range of environments, from the theatre world to early childhood education. Featuring exclusive interviews from a variety of artists, activists, icons, and innovators, "Words" promises to be a poignant and powerful tribute to the language we use to shape our identities.

Starring: 

  • Adam Sank
  • Miss Fame
  • Carmen Carrera
  • Pauline Park
  • BOB the Drag Queen
  • Sutton Lee Seymour
  • Keith Collins
  • Julia Kubin
  • The Glamazons
  • Larger Than Life
  • Elissa Goldstein
  • Eric Alán
  • Joshua Baker
  • ... and many more to be announced soon! 

Adam Sank

 Some Pictures of Cast Members

 Many more to come!!!

Here are the original Drawings by Justin Van Pelt of NYC!!

Risks and challenges

Film making is a difficult and expensive task, regardless of budget or resources. In general, most films do not see a profit until well past the film's release. Although we have many wonderful and generous people donating their time and energy to the project, there are certain costs that are unavoidable. We will be shooting a total of fifteen days in April, and each of those days require crew, equipment, food, and transport. And that's just during the actual shoot... there is still pre and post production to take into consideration! Still, we feel passionately about this project, and believe that our documentary will ultimately pay for itself when it goes on to inspire conversation about the importance of language in our identities.

Every bit helps! Please consider being a part of the conversation!

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    You will receive a shout-out on the official "Words" Facebook and Twitter accounts! Plus every buck counts to we are very grateful!

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    IMDb Credit! You will be given a credit on "Words" IMDB plus at in the films credits!
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    GLAMAZON Package!
    You'll receive two (2) stickers, three (3) photos (with autographs), and a digital download of NYC pop quartet The Glamazons' new hit single, "Movie Star"!

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    TICKET TO THE FUNDRAISER ON APRIL 23!

    1 ticket to our April 23rd Cabaret fundraiser located in Hells Kitchen at

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    Featuring:

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    Miss Fame
    The Glamazons
    Sutton Lee Seymour
    BOB the Drag Queen
    Larger Then Life
    Joshua Baker
    Elissa Goldstein
    plus more to come!

    Hosted by Kevin Bartini... the Official Warm-Up Comic for "The Nightly Show" on Comedy Central.

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    MAY 4TH, 2015 at 8pm

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    DVD copy of "Words" !!

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