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5th GPIFF Official Selection



Matthew Gentile

Based on True Events. 1875, Indian Territory: former slave Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service as a federal peace officer. On his first mission, Bass charges into the desert after two outlaws and gets into a shootout where he kills one man and captures the other, Glen Huddleston, also an African-American man and former slave. Over the course of their journey back to Fort Smith, Glen questions Bass’ choice of career and tries to psych him out in an unorthodox attempt at escape, a tactic that seems to work as Bass begins to question his own mind regarding the idea of justice and choosing to fight for a law and a country that has never fought for him.

USA, 2016
13 minutes


Matthew Gentile

Matthew Gentile is a U.S. filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He recently graduated from the prestigious directing program at the American Film Institute, where his thesis film Frontman (16) won the Student Emmys for Best Drama and Best Director and has played in over fifty film festivals worldwide including the Academy-qualifying AFI Fest and Camerimage, won twenty awards including the Dolby + Vizio Cinematography Vision Award. Most recently, Gentile wrote, directed, and produced a proof of concept short for his first feature, American Murderer (17).

Production Company:
The American Film Institute

Executive Producer:
Kalilah Robinson

Josh Aichenbaum

Kalilah Robinson

Rosie Leisure

Chad Benton

Production Designer:
Claire White

Tory Kittles
Lance Reddick
Erica Tazel