Brownstone to Red Dirt

Director: Dave LaMattina
Country: Sierra Leone and USA
Year: 2010
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: English

Kids from Boroklyn’s Bed-Stuy projects and orphans from Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war have one thing in common—no one gives them a chance. These ‘lost’ groups find one another through a pen pal program that not only shapes their lives, but also shows them that even if they can’t count on the world, they can count on each other. Their inspirational growth shows that no child’s future is predestined.

About the Director

Dave LaMattina

dlamattBiography: Director/producer Dave LaMattina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications; there he received a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Documentary Film to direct and produce a documentary about child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He then earned his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, and headed back east to put his skills into practice. He has experience directing all over the world on a variety of different shoots and projects. He also spent time writing for commercial clients and working in development with Hollywood studios. He co-founded Copper Pot Pictures in 2007 with Chad N. Walker and Clay Frost. The three set out to establish a company that could produce meaningful documentaries and other content.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2011 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker).

Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker);
Kei (2012 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker);
We Must Go (2014);
I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014).