Short Film or Documentary? You Decide…Not for the Faint of Heart

Post not for the faint of heart… (two very different project ideas)


Last September I was interviewed by Academy of Art University reporter, Rosalea Collinge.  She had discussed in her article Metamora Films and developing “media that matters.”  My passion for creating film that has the power to “transform hearts and minds” is my number one priority.

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Matt Duhamel, “Media that Matters”

With the February release of “The Forgiveness Journey”,  we have been anxiously waiting to hear results from numerous film festival submissions from across the country to see if the film has been selected for screening.  Normally film submissions can take anywhere from 3-9 months to find out if a film has been selected for a festival.

In the meantime, we’ve been thinking about two possible projects for the future.  Can you help us decide?  What would you like to see produced?

One option is a short film (narrative) inspired from horrible crimes that occurred in Washington State and South Carolina.  Here are the details of the two stories:

Jeremy Moody, 30, and his wife, Christine Moody, 36, told a judge they were guilty of murder in the deaths of Charles “Butch” Parker, 59, and his wife, Gretchen Parker, 51, on July 21, 2013.  Charles Parker was a registered sex offender, while his wife Gretchen was not.  In Court, Jeremy Moody said, “Child molesters do not deserve to live,” he said. “They got exactly what they deserved. If I had to do it over again, I’d kill more.”   The Sheriff added, “He planned to kill another sex offender on the register today.”  Read the entire news article HERE.  While the news video is disturbing, it shows how unstable the Moody’s were during the murders.


Jeremy Moody

A similar murder happened in Washington State.  The news report reads, “A Washington man who gunned down two convicted sex offenders offered little in the way of apology even as he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.”  Drum shot Gary Lee Blanton, 28, on June 2 at the home both men shared near Sequim, Washington. The following morning, Dunn shot and killed Jerry Wayne Ray, 57.  Blanton’s wife Leslie Blanton said her husband was convicted of statutory rape after having consensual sex with a high school freshman when he was a senior, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO.  Read the full story.


Gary Lee Blanton

How about the second option?  A propose a documentary film on how Utah’s school system is not accommodating children and teens that have been diagnosed with dyslexia.  While there has been improvements like the very recent S.B. 117 bill that Utah Gov. Herbert signed in February.  The bill “would implement a three-year pilot program where $650,000 in one-time funds would be set aside to train teachers on how to recognize and intervene for students with dyslexia. The money would also purchase research-based curriculum materials for children with the disability.”  But, according the Dyslexia Center of Utah, (DCU) “Teachers are not trained, and school districts do not have funding available.  If it is not caught, dyslexic students (often 6 per class) who become young adults drop out of school and often have addictions to ease the pain inside.  74% of people in jail cannot read above a 3rd grade level.” Dyslexia Center of Utah (non profit) is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children diagnosed with a primary language processing disorder, and supporting the constituencies that serve them.

Example of Dyslexia

Example of Dyslexia

This is a huge educational concern for the country and especially for the state of Utah.  Obviously, the proposed documentary would bring attention to Utah’s school system and how they are failing students with the SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY.

So there you have it.  Two VERY different project proposals.  What would you like to see produced?  Vote and/or leave comments.  Thank you.

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