Booker T. Mattison Filmmaker, Gilded Six Bits, Bird, HBCU, Norfolk State University, Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, Media Conference Booker T. Mattison

BookerTMattison7965PhotoBooker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) in his first leading role. The film also starred T’keyah Keymah (“That’s So Raven,” “In Living Color”), Wendell Pierce (“The Wire” “Treme'”) and Novella Nelson (“The Antwone Fisher Story”). The Hollywood Reporter said, “Mattison’s direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction…full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters.”

Mattison’s last film “Habeas Corpus” starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid (“Sister Sister” “WKRP in Cincinnati”), Jamie Hector (“The Wire,” “Heroes”) and Lee Chamberlin (“All My Children” “The Electric Company”). “Habeas Corpus” has won six film festival awards to date. Mattison’s most recent short film “Bird” is the story of a college track star training for the Olympics who is accused of a crime. It will make the rounds on the film festival circuit in 2016.

Mattison’s sophomore novel Snitch received a starred review in Publishers Weekly that said, “Author and filmmaker Mattison’s sophomore outing reads like its ready for screen adaptation… Mattison has a superb ear and his skills keep on growing.” Mattison has adapted the novel into a feature length screenplay that he is currently shopping for production.

Mattison’s debut novel Unsigned Hype was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult Category. He is currently working on his third novel Friendship Village.

Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University.

Mattison has taught literary criticism at the College of New Rochelle, film production at Brooklyn College advanced directing, screenwriting and film aesthetics at Regent University, and film criticism and the business of film at Hampton University.


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