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A Missed Connection

Directed by Matthew Weinstein
Narrative Short
USA | 22 min | 2018

Two former college friends randomly reconnect at a coffee shop during a long winter night. As the night progresses, past events and emotions slowly begin to surface.

“A Missed Connection” began as a means to an end, that end being to direct something. The script was written in a matter of two weeks and was good to go. This was late 2012.

Years passed… Other projects either happened or went nowhere and “A Missed Connection” kept being put on the back-burner. But it never went away. It lingered with me. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was – now that it’s finished, I probably still can’t.

What was a means to an end ended up becoming a different challenge and risk. To end up making this film with everyone who collaborated is everything I could have dreamed of and then some.

I realize that the years it took to get it made were valuable – not just for the dedicated collaborators that came aboard, but in getting the script right. And the movie evolved even in the final frame during production.

I’m not sure I can say “A Missed Connection” will end up being my most personal film. But it is my most personal film so far.

Now it belongs to the audience.

A Missed Connection - Poster

A Missed Connection - Matthew WeinsteinMatthew Weinstein

Matthew Weinstein is a Chicago area based filmmaker. Since graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2011, he has been the writer, director, and editor for “Conservation Area,” “The Gun Equation,” and “A Missed Connection.”

“The Gun Equation” was featured in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and the 2016 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival.

Film Information

Director:  Matthew Weinstein
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 22 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producer: Megan St. John, Matthew Weinstein
Writer: Matthew Weinstein
Director of Photography: Tom Kinstle
Editor: Andrew K. Smith
Executive Producer: Paskal Pawlicki
Music: Mark Bartels

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