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Hudson Valley 21-Year-Old Releases First Film

Rhinebeck native Matt Hagerty has released his first film.
Rhinebeck native Matt Hagerty has released his first film. Photo Credit: Submitted

A 21-year-old Hudson Valley native is behind the debut of a new film, available on Amazon Video.

Matt Hagerty, a native of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, wrote, directed and starred in " Anatomy of a Breakup."

The 17-minute film, which the Cornell grad describes as both a short film and a TV pilot, takes the audience on a whirlwind journey through the mind of a heartbroken college student. Dumped by his sorority queen girlfriend, he is whipped into shape by two of his “high society” Psi Alpha fraternity brothers.

The standalone short, he said, was a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun, something he feels confident those in his age group like to watch.

“In no other era could I just independently put together a pirate ship of a crew in the middle of a star-studded Beverly Hills neighborhood right next to Jennifer Lawrence’s house; shoot a short film that’s also an indie TV pilot with full creative control; work on post-production with a global team of professionals and Emmy winners from LA to Europe to Japan while still a student at Cornell; and then, after all that, see it distributed through Amazon, one of the premiere streaming services and content providers in the entire world.," he said.

He describes his work as akin to a first EP from a new artist. Said Hagerty: "Maybe it’s a little rough, maybe it’s a little tumble, but it’s demonstrative, I think, of a singular style that I hope to platform off with bigger and better things going forward."

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