OUR TEAM

AJ MATTIOLI

 

Founder

Times Square Gossip, (AJ) “could very well be considered the voice of the LGBT community in the independent film world.”

AJ Mattioli (He/Him) is a Queens born, NYC based, Trans Producer/Director with 16+ years in the entertainment industry. 

His work has been celebrated at the Queens Museum, The United Nations, The NY Times, The Advocate, Huffington Post, Gay Star News, Go Magazine, and many others!

As the go-to Trans Producer for Queer filmmaking, he’s worked with some of the hottest LGBTQ+ celebs, including Sasha Velour, Shakina Nayfack, Bob The Drag Queen, Cory Wade, Rain Dove, Vincent DePaul, Carmen Carrera, Miss Fame, and many more.

Mattioli Distribution is working with numerous LGBTQ+ owned outlets as a part of their "keep your money rainbow" initiative.

 

AJ stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and believes that positive representation matters.

 

As a "pay it forward" company we donate a portion of profits to charity. 

STEVE WOLF

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

Steven Wolf (He/Him) is a NY native working in the entertainment business for almost 2 decades. He has produced and acted in Mattioli's films  "Guys at Parties Like It," "Killer Unicorn," "Role of a Lifetime," "The Coffee Shop,"  "Lady Peacock," and "Gays: The Series.

 

When he's not Producing, he works as the Assistant Production Manager and Lighting Supervisor for Queens Theatre, where we have filmed several of our films.

JOSE ALVAREZ

 

CO-PRODUCER

 

Jose Alvarez (He/Him) is a Colombian born, New York-based award winning film & theatre writer and producer. Jose is mostly known for cult classic, queer slasher film "Killer Unicorn", as well as the upcoming "Guys at Parties Like It." 

Some of José's other production credits include the short films "A Single Evening" (2020), "Tumble Dry" (2019), "Neon Boys" (2019), and Sasha Velour's "One Dollar Drag's" (mostly unreleased) series.  "S&M Records" is currently in production.

Jose Perez

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jose Manuel Perez (He/Him) is thrilled to be involved in the Film industry with AJ, a long time friend. Films with Mattioli Production include "Guys at Parties Like It" and "Night Disclosure" On and Off Broadway producer credits include Something Rotten, You’re a good Man Charlie Brown, Albums ”Peter Pan Live!”,”The Wiz Live” and “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando. ” Jose fought tooth and nail to complete his college degree as a Biochemist. Born and raised in NYC 1st generation Puerto Rican(dreamer)who was told at a very young age”not all of us can go to college- kid”. Thank you professor Bradshaw for not believing in him.

SARAH SCHETTER

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

Sarah Schetter (She/Her) is an entertainment professional with 20 years’ experience that spans film, live performance, photography, and education.  Originally from Ohio, she has called NYC her home since 2002 after graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production.  Whether her position is that of a technical director, stage manager, set fabricator or photographer, Sarah’s passion is to actualize artistic visions and empower the voices of others. Sarah has been working with Mattioli Productions since their first film.

RHI COLLINS​

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

 

Rhi Collins (They/Them) is a Non-Binary Queer 1st Assistant Director based in Brooklyn, NY. Rhi takes pride in freelancing with LGBTQIA+ film crews and making Queer Independent Films. Some of their 1st AD work includes the well renowned "These Thems" Webseries as well as "Sideways Smile" (Webseries,) and "S&M Records" Short film.

CORY GREEN​

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Cory Green (He/Him) is a NYC based, Canadian born cinematographer with 10 plus years of experience. Cory has shot and edited several award-winning shorts, docs, feature films, and music videos. Recent recipient of the  International Film and Television Award for his short doc "Pheel the Love" by Sports Illustrated. He has shot  for HBO's Emmy award-winning sports doc-series "24/7" and "Road To". He worked for ESPN's "Around the Horn", MTV's "MADE", Cartoon Network, Entertainment Weekly, People, Fortune, Entertainment Tonight, A&E and NBC News. 

LEY COMAS

PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER

 

Ley Comas (They/Them), is a Trans Non-Binary Latinx filmmaker based in NYC. A hybrid from Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. Ley graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor in Cinema and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a  Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Documentary Filmmaking at City College. Ley hopes to change the portrayal of misrepresented communities and empower the new generation to use film as a vehicle for social change. 

MILLIE LEVAKIS-LUCAS

SOUND DESIGNER

 

Millie (She/Her) is an Australian Sound Designer with more than 15 years experience and extensive worldwide credits in film, theatre, and events. Additional expertise include; Piano Technician, Production/Stage Manager, Multi-Instrumentalist and Electronic Engineer. Mattioli Productions first welcomed Millie in post-production for Guys At Parties Like It (2021), continuing their regular collaboration.

Jack Lee Bakal​

1st ASSISTANT CAMERA

Jack Lee Bakal (He/They) is a nonbinary Assistant Camera based in New York, NY. Telling stories of marginalized communities with other minority filmmakers is his passion. Their film career began in 2018 as a Production Assistant, but they quickly moved into the camera department where they have worked as an AC since. Some of his credits include “The Country Club,” “The Reading,” and upcoming Mattioli Productions short “S&M Records.”

Zeus Haythem Konlan

 

2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA/ GRIP

Zeus Haytham Konlan (He/Him) is an African born Camera Assistant and Grip. He came to New York at age 13 and has been working in film for the last 6 years. He worked with Mattioli Productions on "Guys at parties Like it" and a few commercials. 

TESTIMONIALS

"I love working with AJ! Not only is he professional and on top of his game but he can make a middle-aged drag queen look soft and pretty! And he always delivers when he says he will!"

SHERRY VINE

International Drag Sensation

"The set of Lady Peacock was just as professional as the set for a network TV show that I worked on for three years."

ERIC MILLEGAN

DR. Zach Addy,

"Bones"

"AJ has a vision and is able to execute it while treating the crew and the actors with professionalism and respect."

BLANCHE BAKER

Emmy Award Winner,

Ginny Baker,

"Sixteen Candles"

"AJ is always 100% behind the project and the artist. He is always willing to do anything and everything to get the best results"

DAREN KATZ

Resident Director,

"The Lion King" on Broadway

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