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Director
Matthew Petock

Filmography
2008 Jackson Ward (short)
2011 A Little Closer

Biography
He grew up in Richmond, Virginia and moved to New York in 2003 to study film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short film Jackson Ward screened at festivals throughout North America, including the YoungCuts Film Festival, an annual Montreal festival celebrating the work of international filmmakers under the age of 25, where Petock was given the Avid Award for Best Director. Throughout film school and for several years thereafter, Matt worked for Martin Scorsese, where he was able to observe post-production on films like The Departed and Shutter Island, and work on the documentaries Shine a Light and Public Speaking. A Little Closer is his first feature film.

Main program

A Little Closer / Matthew Petock

In the forgotten corners of rural Virginia, Sheryl struggles to balance her work as a housekeeper and raising her two sons, fifteen-year-old Marc and eleven-year-old Stephen. Hoping to meet the love of her life and bring home a father for her boys, she frequents a depressing, weekly mixer for the town’s aging singles set. Meanwhile, Marc is desperate to lose his virginity, and spends his days working at a used car lot. His brother Stephen, in the throes of sexual awakening, becomes infatuated with his school teacher while hoping to win the approval of a group of peers who adamantly detest her. As it journeys with the family through their stagnant summer days, A Little Closer examines the disparate and nuanced states of sexuality, as well as the role familial influence can play within the disconnected landscape of rural America.


Director:Matthew Petock
Script:Matthew Petock
Cinematography:Daniel Patrick Carbone
Sound:Gillian Arthur
Music:Christopher Foster
With:Sayra Player (Sheryl), Parker Lutz (Marc), Eric Baskerville (Stephen), Chris Kies (Gabe), Catherine Andre (Joanna), Stephanie Parrott (Ms Moss), Natalie Racoosin (Anastasia), Rolland Colella (Don)
World Sales:Coach 14, France T. +33 1 4021 7279 F. +33 1 4700 1002 festivals@coach14.com www.coach14.com
Production Design:Holly Clarke
Producer:Matthew Petock, Rachael Kliman
Production:A Little Closer, LLC, USA T. +1 804 304 7753 alittlecloserfilm@gmail.com www.alittlecloserfilm.com & Armian Pictures, USA & We the Flies, USA
Production Country:USA
Format:HD Cam Color
Duration:73'
Production Year:2011
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 18:15 | ID:554
FRIDA LIAPPA:Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 13:00 | ID:842
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