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What It's Like



What It's Like is a true story. John - a magazine writer - visits Mastow, a complete stranger living in a retirement home. John has only a room number and a name, both written on the back of a Chinese food menu beside a single, circled word: 'Mushrooms.' What starts as a bizarre transaction becomes a moment of connection. This is a story about being afraid to get old. It's about the ways in which losing people affects us. It's about talking with people from a different generation. It's also kind of about hallucinogens.


Director(s): Matt Naylor

Executive Producer(s): Bill Richardson, Harland Batson, Molly Duson

Producer(s): Tanya Schurr

Screenwriter(s): Matt Naylor

Cinematographer: David Layton

Editor(s): Molly Conway

Production Designer: Kakii Keenan

Sound Designer: Pony Sound

Music: David Rice

Additional Credits: Assistant Director: Drew Saplin, Sound: Karlo Montano, Key Grip: Chris Cogswell, Camera Assistant: Ben Powell, Grip: Landry Gideon

Principal Cast: David Bewley, Dirk van Allen, David Modigliani, Elissa Ludeman

Director Bio


Matt is an Austin-based filmmaker. Over the past three years he has produced and edited Crawford, One Peace at a Time, and Building Hope - all festival award-winners. He is also a co-founder and Creative Director at Flow Nonfiction, a creative agency for socially conscious companies and nonprofits.


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