BEING THOMAS by Mario Mattei – Now Available on Vimeo!

being_thomas_filmcourage3BEING THOMAS: The story of a troubled kid who burglarizes a house of an elderly man with dementia and is welcomed as his estranged son.  Written by Mario Mattei and Aman Johnson.  Directed by Mario Mattei (read his Q&A here on


Watch it on Vimeo here!


Alan Nguyen as “The Kid” on set of BEING THOMAS (Photo credit:


Timothy Englert as “The Old Man” on set of BEING THOMAS (Photo credit:



BEING THOMAS, short film from Mario Mattei on Vimeo.


Mario Mattei on set (left)


Mario Mattei, director and cinematographer, is a visionary, people-person based in Austin, Texas who stays busy making videos for expressive brands, documentaries for impact, and original films for entertainment and art.

Clients typically work with Mario to help them express their story or message in a way that engages and inspires action. Often clients rely on Mario’s 17 years of photographic experience to give their project the cinematic visuals it needs.

As a filmmaker, Mario has directed SHORT FILM, created FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES, and WEBISODE series. Additionally, Mario has filmed television shows for ESQUIRE Network and TLC, created branded content for clients like AMD and REDBULL, and he’s worked on many corporate and business videos for giants like DELL and VISA.

His globe-trotting documentary work has taken him to Turkey, Kashmir, Malawi, Kazakstan, Jordan, Indonesia, Mexico, Bahrain, the Balkans, and more. Mario’s LA-premiered feature documentary, Dance the Past into the Future, explores the dying traditions of northeast Turkey while focusing on the cultural elements inspiring future generations. Currently in production is The Gentleman Driver documentary which covers the parallel lives of extraordinary entrepreneurs who moonlight as race car drivers in the World Endurance Class.

Mario enjoys being an Austinite, the outdoors and many of the finer things in life, including friends and family, his wife and three small children. Whether creating original content or serving a brand message, Mario aims to spark thought, stir emotion, and inspire action.



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BEING THOMAS – Watch it for free on Vimeo here!

BEING THOMAS by Mario Mattei and Aman Johnson, local filmmakers in Austin, Texas. A story of a troubled kid who burglarizes a house of an elderly man with dementia who welcomes him as his estranged son. Watch it free on Vimeo here!





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