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A Filmmaker’s Inspirational Story About How The Power of Filmmaking Saved His Life

By Hanssie on July 7th 2015

Everyone has a story to tell. For some, it’s a story of an idyllic childhood, a picture-perfect, storybook romance, a moment, when an artist “just knew” what they were meant to do and went forth into the world and did it. For others, their stories are riddled with strife and struggle, filled with adversity and doubt. For most of us, our stories are somewhere in between. There are struggles and there are perfect moments. We embrace the good and overcome the bad, sometimes with the power of photography, filmmaking, or whatever form of artistic expression calls to us.



Personally, I love to hear stories about people triumphing over their adversity. They are inspiring and can help us in our own journies providing encouragement and motivation. Filmmaker Matty Brown’s story is one of them. He led the idyllic childhood mentioned above. He would use his toy cars and create scenes and stories around them. He would photograph them and later flip through the images, creating a flipbook of moving pictures. He dreamt of traveling the world and making art. That picturesque childhood came crashing down at the age of 12 when his parents lost their jobs, turned to drugs and alcohol, Matty found himself without a home, without the security he once knew.

The following short film, Matty Brown – A Colorful Life, documents Matty’s journey from idyllic to devastating and finally to achieving his childhood dream. As part of Samsung’s Connected Series, Matty shares his very personal story of hardship and triumph. The 6-minute video is a wonderful compilation of old home videos, photographs, and standard interviews with Matty. Worth a watch.

To every person out there with huge dreams and huge obstacles, whether you are 12-years-old or 65, black, white, rich, poor, we are all fighting something and I hope this film can inspire even just one person to push through the thick fog and persevere. You are SO capable and you should just force it to happen no matter what the weight is on your shoulders and how hopeless it seems!

Check out more of Matty Brown‘s videos on Vimeo.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Paul Blacklock

    Beautiful Story!

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  2. Fahad Jafarullah

    That was a touching video.

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