Film-maker/Registrant looking for stories

My name is Matt and I was convicted of a sex offense in 2006. Some of you may know me already. I got caught up in the “non-nude” underage modeling websites back then and was arrested and convicted of downloading and distributing CP (even though the photos were all non-nude). I take FULL responsibility of my crime and feel remorse everyday.

I won’t go into all the details about my struggle with employment, housing, my five year prison sentence, my arrest, etc., because today I try to focus more on the future. In 2012, while on federal probation believe it or not (with approval from my P.O.) I started the documentary film company, Metamora Films. To this day, I’ve produced five films which have all won some sort of award, either online or at a local film festival. I’ve also had the chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival as a press member and interview celebrities such as Kevin Bacon, Elle Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Spike Lee and lots more. In addition, I host the podcast, Solitary Nation which is about America’s Criminal Justice System. I’m not trying to brag, just laying down the foundation for this request.

After about a two year break from filmmaking, I’m now looking at producing a documentary about the registry or living as a sex offender in this often cruel world. I know that’s broad so that’s why I’m requesting your personal stories. Here are some possible areas that I may want to explore:

Cruel and unusual restrictions in your community
Success stories after arrest or prison sentence (making a difference in the world)
Sex offender vigilantism
Any story that has not been told yet in a film
Community hate, fear, social rejection
More?

If you’re interested in talking with me and have an idea or personal story for a film, please contact me at: mattd@metamorafilms.org

Thanks for your time and I’m a true believe that films have the power to transform hearts and minds.

  1. I can tell you a story , my husband story , he can’t talk to you or anyone who is a felon as he is , but I can tell you his story as he gives me the story , , put it this way , he took a plea , he didn’t understand at the time , attorney rushed him in it and we all wanted him home , but this plea was for rest his life , which he didn’t realize it at the time , i, anyways let me know if you’d like the story or not thanks ,

  2. From all I can read, I, by the grace of God, have more a successful story than most. I will give you a flyby and then feel free to contact me if you wish. There were and still are many struggles battles with depression throughout all of this, but I can imagine that is common in all personal stories, so I will hit the highlights and you can safely assume within the gaps is were the battle rages.
    Sexually molested at the age of four by my adopted brother, never telling anyone, I was angry and confuse for the next 13 year until the year 2002 I was charged and guilty plea bargin in 2002(just after 17th birthday) for sexual assault of a child. Sentenced to 7 years at 85%
    After serving five years and 11 months in prison, enduring numerous death threats and three days of rape during a lockdown. I reach my parole date. Because I could not find a acceptable parole address I was forced to serve 85% of my three year parole term as well.
    All told, eight and a half years
    My parents, who were renting a house in which the rental agreement stipulated not felons, found me a residential Christian program that I could go to. One failed attempt and then a successful completion of the program, staying connected to my church and mentor, and now I have had a job for six years, back in college(paid for by my company) and married for two and half years to a woman who is my biggest support and best friend.

    As a fair warning, my testimony will give all glory and honor to God as all the failures are mine because I tried to do thing without support or seeking council many times, and the success belong to God because despite my foolishness and stubbornness, he carried me through so much to be where I am now. And if I were to tell my story without the focus on God and His guiding hand and provision, then the story is less than half told.

      1. What a great Redeemer, indeed!
        To answer your question, I was kicked out of the program about two months in because I looked at pornography on the computer. But I did return to the program a month later and completed it.

  3. I am a s.o. living in Tennessee. I was convicted of at rape and served my 10 yr sentence in the tdoc, refusing a probation offer and a subsequent offer of parole because I wanted to be DONE with those people…only to find out upon my release that I would be subjected to community supervision for life (csl)
    I have been out since 2012 and was building a good life for myself until I started asking questions and requesting policies. Then the nightmare began….I have been harrassed, intimidated, forced into homelessness twice in the last 2 months, forced to wear a GPS, forced Into unemployment, arrested in one county on two felony charges only to bond out and have two more waiting for me ..that officer has never shown up in court btw and it should go away this month…but I’m still out lawyers fees which is their end game..moved to another county and got arrested several times within a matter of days …all completely bogus charges, but around 30 charges, 20 of which are felonies. I will beat these charges as well, but suppose anyone will apologize or refund my attorney fees or my Inability to work out of state due to pending charges? I have just broad strokes over the absolutely insane details of the past year and a few months because there’s not enough space here to do it justice. Just in case anyone else in Tennessee is curious, there is absolutely NO state law regarding Halloween (operation blackout) in Tennessee, nor is there ANY tdoc policy that even mentions it. You want a story? I’ve got one for the record books, and it’s not over. pLEASE give me an opportunity to tell this story! IDC about my name or my face being exposed ! I’m ready to handcuff myself to the state capitol bldg and call the media to come take pictures and laugh at me at this point!

  4. I’m not sure if my story is any different than anyone else’s, but I’m more than happy to tell it. The only thing I can think you might gain from my story is the perspective of someone convicted through a military court martial.

  5. Dear Matt,
    The story I’m willing to tell you is actually my husband’s story. His name is Michael and he would tell you the story himself but he is incarcerated for another 64 days due to a messed up probation violation that is filled with lies and deception by those in control. I am currently gathering ALL the legal documents and SOR reports in order to beginning exposing the lies. Would be more then willing to talk with you,this one is for the record books.

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