The Badge

Director: Derek Matar
Narrative short
Drama, Crime | USA | 11 min
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“You’re under arrest!” exclaims Kyle, toy gun pointed at the TV screen. Although he’s eight-years old, Kyle knows the basics of law enforcement: cops in uniform are good; drug dealers are bad. But when his mom gets a late-night call about a shipment of meth and takes him along for the ride, Kyle has to come to terms with the fact that not all bad guys look like the ones he sees on the screen.


Screens in Shorts Program: Things Are Not as They Seem

Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:00 PM
Shorts Program: Things Are Not as They Seem (Kingsley Rm #1)
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
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Shorts Program: Things Are Not as They Seem (Kingsley Rm #1)

Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:00 PM

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

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Director’s bio:

Derek Matar is a first-time filmmaker hailing from River Vale, New Jersey. After years of Boston University Film classes, working on small-budget film sets, and shadowing network TV productions, Matar was eager to write and direct his first short film, THE BADGE in 2018. Influenced by the films of Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch and John Cassavetes, Matar wanted to take the familiar crime tropes of “right vs. wrong” and complicate the narrative by framing it from the perspective of a small child. Matar recently graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Film & Television Production and freelances in NYC. He is currently writing a second film.