In a three part series, we interviewed the writer and director from the 2019 film Five Piece. The main character in the movie, Brandon, has dissociative identity disorder. Here’s the synopsis.
DIRECTOR - MATTHEW ROTH
Chicago, IL native, Matthew Roth attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, to pursue filmmaking, learning all aspects of the craft in under two years. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Roth embarked to Los Angeles, CA, shortly after, where he worked on various productions. The following year, he raised money for his first feature film The Man Who Collected Food which went onto win numerous awards at various film festivals and find distribution though Media Blasters.
Then, while seeking financing for other projects, Roth had a chance meeting with Writer/Director Martin Donovan (Apartment Zero, Death Becomes Her) whom he worked with for the next few years, developing scripts, filming sessions with actors, and learning even more about the art of film.
Roth then decided to make his next film and wrote one with a small budget in mind, Five Piece. With a cast consisting mainly of actors Roth met through Donovan, he shot Five Piece on a shoestring budget and completed it in late 2017.
The Man Who Collected Food (2010)
Five Piece (2018)
We also interviewed two of the actors from the film, Tory Despres and Robert Paul Taylor.
Tory Despres is an actor, writer, producer and director.
He got into acting participating in high school productions of plays and musicals. After high school, he attended Loyola Marymount University majoring in Theatre.
He studied at Playhouse West for five years under teachers such as Wolfgang Bodison, Kathleen Randazzo, Holly Gagnier and Scott Caan.
His feature film debut was in FIVE PIECE which has gone on to win Best Picture at multiple film festivals around the country.
The first short film he directed, wrote and starred in, LOVING DEATH, is currently making the rounds in the film festival circuit and just recently got accepted into The Playhouse West Film Festival. He feels blessed to get to do what he loves for a living and is excited for what the future holds.
On television, Robert plays Remy Ramirez in Season 2 of Hulu's Emmy Nominated 'East Los High'. Taylor has guest starred roles on 'Mixology', 'Brooklyn-Nine Nine', 'New Girl' and plays Ronaldo on 'Fresh off the Boat'. Overseas, you can find Robert as Raul on Russia's Mega-hit 'Chernobyl' Season 2.
On the silver screen Robert stars in "Five Piece" (2018), "Mask of Janus" (2018) and "South 32" (2016). Taylor also appears in a series of acclaimed festival films such as LA Film Fest winner "In Her Place", "Opening Night" and Outfest LA favorite "The Forest".
As a screen writer Taylor has co-screen-played features: 'Mask of Janus' (2018), 'South 32' (2016), 'By The Rivers of Babylon' (2016) 'Table 18' (2018) and the miniseries 'The Bathroom Diaries' (2014).
Here’s the trailer for the film: