Booker T. Mattison is a filmmaker and author 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 Hollywood Reporter said, "Mattison's direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction. The short is full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters."
Mattison's most recent film "Habeas Corpus" stars Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid ("Sister Sister," "WKRP in Cincinnati"), Jamie Hector ("Bosch," "The Wire") and Lee Chamberlin ("All My Children" "Electric Company"). "Habeas Corpus" is the story of a man who can't get over the death of his father so he steals his body from the funeral home.
Mattison's 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." His debut novel Unsigned Hype was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult category. He has adapted both novels into feature length screenplays that he is shopping for production.
Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film from New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University.
He has taught Literary Criticism at the College of New Rochelle, film production at Brooklyn College, Advanced Directing, Screenwritng and Directing Actors for the camera at Regent University and the Business of Film, Intro to Filmmaking and Film Criticism at Hampton University.
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