MATT is the story of Matthew Tapia, a senior at Santa Monica high school who was only given a 5% chance of survival after being born 3 months premature just a mere 1.5 pounds, with doctors offering little hope that Matt would ever be able to walk, talk or live a normal life.
Matt proved the power of the human will by defying the odds and doing what others said he couldn’t and is now an 18 year old on pace to graduate and attend UCLA in the fall, where he will pursue his dream of becoming a sportscaster.
An avid sports fan, Matt wanted to be one of the boys, and was given that opportunity by Santa Monica football coach Travis Clark and the players, who voted unanimously to let Matt play on the football team for his final year of high school.
Matt was an instrumental member of the team, attending all the practices and games, serving as constant motivation for other players, with his indomitable spirit fueling the squad to a historically successful season. Matt dreamed of playing in a real high school football game and during the 1st round of the CIF Playoffs that dream came true as Coach Clark inserted Matt for the final play of the game in a truly heartfelt moment.
The film was produced and directed by Seth Shapiro at Diesel Films, who quickly recognized and amazing story and got to work documenting it in spite of having to fund the entire project all by himself.
For more info on Matthew Tapia and MATT visit www.mattthefilm.com, where you can also support the National Bullying Prevention Center and the Santa Monica high school football team, which is suffering from some severe underfunding.