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Broadway Comedy Club

318 West 53rd Street

New York, NY 10019

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"Words: An Exploration of Identity" a documentary

  • Winner of "Best Director of a Feature Documentary" at the Atlantic City Cinefest!!

  • Winner of "Audience Award for Best Documentary" at MEDff

  • Nominated for "Best Documentary" at Barcelona Planet Film Festival

  • Official Selection for Corvallis Queer Film Festival

  • Official Selection for the Cosmic Film Festival


Words is an exploration of how people navigate identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City. Using some of NYC's most fluid scenes as a backdrop, Words investigates the dissonance between self-constructed identity and identities that are projected onto us by society, and how they are contextualized in a range of environments, from the art world to the NYPD. Featuring exclusive interviews from a variety of artists, activists, icons, and innovators, Words promises to be a poignant and powerful tribute to the language we use to shape the many facets of our identities: as men, women, artists, New Yorkers, human.

Paying it forward:

A percentage of profits from the film will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, a New York City based non-profit that is “the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youth in the country.” For more information about this organization, please visit: www.aliforneycenter.org.

Note from the Director

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We move… so fast. NYC doesn’t stop it simply evolves. Our City is progressive by nature as it is, and has always been, home to the dreamers, the poets, the lovers, and the artists. I am Transgender Director AJ Mattioli, and I want to help you navigate that every changing landscape. With this documentary I entered worlds I have never seen and was truly humbled by other individuals stories. We each have a path and Words certainly play a large part in that travel. We here at Mattioli Productions truly hope you enjoy this documentary as much as we enjoyed the journey of making it.

- AJ Mattioli

Cast and Crew

Rain Dove - Gender Capitalist representing "human" in fashion, film, and activism. Androgynous Supermodel

Cory Wade - He was the first homosexual male contestant on America's Next Top Model. LGBTQ activist

Christopher Caldwell – aka Bob the Drag Queen - Season 8 winner of “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” Cast in HBO’s upcoming Dramady “High Maintenance.” He is also a HIV prevention advocate.

Carmen Carrera – Known for “Rupauls Drag Race Season 3” and “Couples Therapy.” Her work as a Transgender Advocate has been praised by numerous LGBTQ publications and outlets.

Shakina Nayfack – Known for “Difficult People” and her Transgender advocacy work. Her very public transition was covered by such news sources as New York Daily News, Huffington Post, NBC news and others.

David Ippolito – aka That Guitar Man from Central Park - Known for being a staple of Central Park for over 25 years and providing free concerts for thousands.

Adam Sank - “Last Comic Standing”

Miss Fame - “Rupaul’s Drag Race”season 6

Frank Liotti – “Bear City 2”

Mike Dreyden- Gay Adult film Star

Tym Moss – from LGBTQ Radio Show Artists Exposed

Keith Collins – Tourette Syndrome spokesperson

Mala Kumar – LGBTQ published writer

Pauline Park – Transgender Advocate

Mark Fisher – Fitness Guru

Yetta Kurland - Civil Rights Attorney

Tom Verni – LGBTQ Cop and CNN regular

Marti Gould Cummings – International Drag Sensation

... and many more!!!

Directed and Produced by multiple award winner, AJ Mattioli

Production Company – Mattioli Productions

Director of Photography – 2x Emmy nominee, Cory Green

Executive Producer – Joshua Muskelly Baker

Co-Producers - Sarah Brigman and Gabby Acquaviva









Thank you so much for your interest in Mattioli Productions newest film.

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