Nico Tortorella (Younger, The Walking Dead: World Beyond), Juan Pablo Di Pace (A.D. The Bible Continues, Fuller House, Mamma Mia!), Emmy Award nominee Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks, Candyman) and Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek, Chapelwaite, The Rig) are set to star in the family drama The Mattachine Family, which is currently in production. Acclaimed video and commercial director Andy Vallentine makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by his husband Danny Vallentine, based on a story by the pair.
The film’s ensemble cast also includes Jake Choi (Lust, Life, Love, Single Parents), Annie Funke (This is Us, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders), Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse) and Cloie Wyatt Taylor (Yes Day, Shameless).
A Huckleberry Media Production, The Mattachine Family focuses on Thomas (Tortorella) and Oscar (Di Pace), a couple very much in love. But they find, after their first foster child returns to his birth mother, that they have different ideas about what it means to make a family. The film is produced by Mike Diaz, Scot Boland, Andy Vallentine, Siddharth Ganji and Cameron Hutchison. Zach Braff is an Executive Producer.
The production is represented by Asa Pitt at Pitt APC. Andy Vallentine is well known for his commercial work with such brands as Mercedes Benz and Sephora as well as his video work with artists such as Patrick Starr and Joey Graceffa. His acclaimed short film, The Letter Men, based on a recently discovered trove of WWII love letters between two men, is currently on the festival circuit.
Photos courtesy of Santiago Felipe; Scott Hoover; Chris Jon; Vanessa Heins