SHORT OF THE WEEK REVIEW: "THE MESS HE MADE"
"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, one that is very personal to its writer/director Matthew Puccini. With uncommon restraint, Puccini and lead actor Max Jenkins richly develop 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."
"This kind of unspoken storytelling is some of the hardest to accomplish, and it speaks highly to Puccini’s potential that as a young filmmaker with only a pair of shorts to his credit that he pulls it off. "
-- Jason Sondhi, Short of the Week
HUFFINGTON POST QUEER VOICES: "NEW FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON A LESS-HERALDED ASPECT OF THE QUEER EXPERIENCE"
"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
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE: EIGHT FILMS FROM SXSW
"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
OUT MAGAZINE: NEW SHORT "THE MESS HE MADE"
"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
NO FILM SCHOOL: FROM 'MESS' TO SUCCESS
"Powerfully spare, emotionally resonant and mercifully short."
- Dylan Dempsey, NoFilmSchool
LOGO / NEWNOWNEXT: HUMPDAY SHORT
"Queer filmmaker Matthew Puccini takes us on the tense journey of a man waiting for his HIV rapid test results in The Mess He Made."
- Adam Salandra, NewNowNext
THE KNOCKTURAL: SHORT FILM REVIEW: "THE MESS HE MADE"
"Matthew Puccini has presented audiences with a deeply insightful short film that is as eye-opening as it is stirring...And if this second short film from the Brooklyn-based director is anything to go by, everyone will be eagerly awaiting Puccini’s inevitable foray into feature films."
- Riyad Mammadyarov, THE KNOCKTURNAL
OUT MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVE: ANNOUNCING THE AWARD-WINNING FILMS FROM NEWFEST 2017
ADOBE: THE SUNDANCE IGNITE CHALLENGE FINALISTS HAVE AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO SHARE
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER: NYFF55 ARTIST ACADEMY
PREMIUM BEAT: PRODUCTION TIPS FROM THE FILMMAKERS OF SXSW
INDIEWIRE: 2017 SXSW LINEUP ANNOUNCED
FILM SHORTAGE: SHORT FILM PREMIERE: "SOLO"
FILM COLOSSUS: MEET WRITER/DIRECTOR MATTHEW PUCCINI