Joseph Matarrese :: Writer/Director
Over the last four years, Joseph Matarrese has worked in the film industry as a key grip. His extensive work experience comes from a credit list of over 200 different projects, ranging from short format and feature films, to commercials, TV spots, music videos, and documentaries. Joseph's strong work ethic has provided opportunities for him to travel around the world and across the country working with a variety of budget sizes and styles of shooting. His focus for American Homestead will be to shoot efficiently and effectively when facing creative or logistical challenges that come with shooting on location. Joseph's directorial debut was on a short film called Slanted, produced in late 2010 in the San Francisco Bay area.
Aaron Rockwell :: Screenwriter
Aaron shares a long-time passion for music and writing. His early years were spent playing the saxophone in jazz band, marching band, and wind ensemble. While attending San Francisco State, Aaron joined the Cinema Collective. There he wrote and directed several short films before he made his senior project, a political film about a dispute between a conservative nightclub owner and his liberal comedian.
Since moving to Los Angeles after college, Aaron has worked as a crew-member on several short films and temped at prestigious companies like Technicolor, SAG and the Musician's Union. As a former classmate of the Matarrese Brothers, Aaron was an obvious choice to join the American Homestead team. Aaron is currently in development on an animation comedy series.