Matthew K. Firpo is a full time director and co-founder at Magna Carta, a creative firm that is built upon the belief that: “a truly great story can change the world”. Now based in New York, the Marin native is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts.
Magna Carta does a lot of commercials and films for companies like Tinder, Discover Card and Kodak, but for this project they wanted to do something special.
Incredibly emotional and touching, the film is built around a series of interviews where Syrian refugees chronicle their struggles through the war in Syria. Matthew and his co-filmmakers set up in camps and simply asked people to share their stories. This gives the film authenticity and delicately handles the sensitive subject.
You don’t need permission to make a difference. Go out and make change in the way you know best. Whatever you bring to the world, use that — your unique skills, your passion and the people you know, use everything you can to affect positive change. It’s all we’ve got. -Matthew K. Firpo
Shot on RED Dragon with Zeiss Lenses
Director: Matthew K. Firpo
Executive Producer: Maximilian Guen
Producer: Matteo Zevi, Rosanna Bach
Cinematographer: Jake Saner
Editor: Stephen Simon
Sound Designer: Sean Higgins
Music: Shane Carruth
Color: Josh Bohoskey, The Mill
Additional Credits: Project Photographer: Elliot Ross, Project Photographer: Rosanna Bach, Local Producer: Haris Katsigiannis
Snippet from the film