Filmmaker Matthew Puccini on His Short Film Lavender, Breaking Stereotypes About Unconventional Relationships, and Showcasing Queer Narratives Beyond Coming Out Stories

- Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue


"We are always looking for fresh filmmaking talents, and the short film world led us to a talented director in Matthew Puccini," said Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. "Matthew’s film Lavender is a work of great beauty and resonance, and showcases a personal voice from and about the LGBTQ community. We enthusiastically welcome him to the Searchlight family of filmmakers."


“After previewing 40-plus shorts available for advance press screening, IndieWire reached out to the directors of 10 of the most outstanding.”

“Writer-director Matthew Puccini wins over the viewer from the very first frame of “Lavender” and continues to weave a powerful spell for the next 11 minutes.”

— Kim Adelman, Indiewire


"Simple in its construction, powerful in its execution, The Mess He Made is a poignant distillation of an all-to-common ritual of gay life. With uncommon restraint, Puccini richly develops the mindscape of a man as he awaits life-altering news. The result is a film that, more so than any in our recent history of highlighted shorts, says little, but speaks volumes."

-- Jason Sondhi, Short of the Week

"Directed and written by Matthew Puccini, the film is a beautifully restrained representation of an emotionally fraught yet all too common experience for many gay men."

- Jude Dry, Indiewire


"Matthew Puccini’s The Mess He Made, about a young man nervously awaiting the results of a rapid HIV test, is incredibly skilled in allowing the given situation to dictate the filmmaking...Rather then tell the story in real time, the film plays like a tightrope act of incredibly heightened peak moments."

-- Erik Luers, Filmmaker Magazine


"A new, harrowing short film...As the film unfolds over 10 tension-filled minutes, Jude is forced to re-consider his choices, as well as their potentially life-altering consequences."

-- Curtis Wong, Queer Voices Senior Editor, HuffPost


"The Mess He Made is an exciting contribution to the long standing battle against the stigmatization of HIV in relation to the LGBTQ community, and helps portray those affected by the disease less as promiscuous pariahs and more as human beings able to live a long, healthy life."

- Michael Valinsky, OUT