Tour

January 11-13, 2018

@Daytona Beach F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival, Daytona, Beach, FL

October 13-15, 2017

@James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA

February 14, 2017

@Hampton University, "LOVE...for the Craft of Writing," Student Center Theater, Hampton, VA

January 12-15, 2017

@Daytona Beach F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival, Daytona, Beach, FL

November 3-5, 2016

@Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

October 22, 2016

Bird screens at @Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, LIU, Brooklyn, NY

September 21-25, 2016

Bird screens @Urbanworld Film Festival, NY, NY

May 19, 2016

@Princess Anne High School, Va. Beach, VA

April 5, 2016

@Mass Communications & Journalism Week - Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

April 1, 2016

@The National Black Writers Conference - Film Program. Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

March 24, 2016

An Evening with Booker T. Mattison @The American Theatre, Hampton, VA

March 18, 2016

@Volusia Teachers Organization, Daytona Beach, FL

March 17, 2016

@Stetson University, DeLand, FL

March 17, 2016

@Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

February 14, 2016

"The Gilded Six Bits" will screen @College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

February 6, 2016

@African-American Cinematic Collection Series, Slover Library, Norfolk, VA

July 31 & August 1, 2015

@Luminal Theater, Brooklyn, NY

April 25, 2015

@Richmond Diversity Film Festival, Richmond, VA

April 1, 2015

@Norfolk State University MCJR Week, Norfolk, VA

January 31, 2015

"Habeas Corpus" will screen @San Diego Black Film Festival, San Diego, CA

January 30 - 31, 2015

@Book Besties Literary Bliss, Houston, TX

September 17 - 21, 2014

@Urbanworld Film Festival, New York, NY

September 11 - 14, 2014

@Harlem International Film Festival, New York, NY

August 21 - 23, 2014

@The Merge Summit, Los Angeles, CA

August 11, 2014

@Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA

August 8 - 10, 2014

@National Book Club Conference, Atlanta, GA

August 4, 2014

@LEC Camp at Richard Bowling Elementary School, Norfolk, VA

June 7, 2014

@California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (via Skype)

May 1, 2014

@Princess Anne High School, Va. Beach, VA

April 4 - 13, 2014

@Worldfest Houston 2014, Houston, TX

February 3, 2014

@Dan River High School, Danville, VA

@Focus School, Danville, VA

@Boys & Girls Club, Danville, VA

October 11 - 12, 2013

@Book Lovers & Book Clubs Conference, Kansas City, MO

August 29 - 31, 2013

@Megafest, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

July 15 - 16, 2013

@Delta Sigma Theta, 51st National Convention and Centennial Celebration, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

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Bio

Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's classic story "The Gilded Six Bits," which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman ("The Walking Dead," "The Wire") in his first leading role. The film also starred T'keyah Crystal Keymah ("That's So Raven," "In Living Color"), Wendell Pierce ("The Wire" "Treme'") and Novella Nelson ("The Antwone Fisher Story"). The Hollywood Reporter said, "Mattison's direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction...full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters."

Mattison's film "Habeas Corpus" starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid ("Sister Sister" "WKRP in Cincinnati"), Jamie Hector ("The Wire," "Heroes") and Lee Chamberlin ("All My Children" "The Electric Company"). "Habeas Corpus" has won six film festival awards to date and can be streamed on KweliTV.

Mattison's most recent short film "Bird" is the story of a college track star training for the Olympics who is accused of a crime. It has screened at the National Black Writers Conference in New York, the Urbanworld Film Festival and Hampton, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and Stetson Universities.

 
Mattison's sophomore novel Snitch received a starred review in Publishers Weekly that said, "Author and filmmaker Mattison's sophomore outing reads like its ready for screen adaptation... Mattison has a superb ear and his skills keep on growing." Mattison has adapted the novel into a feature length screenplay that he is currently shopping for production.

Mattison's debut novel Unsigned Hype was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult Category. He is currently working on his third novel Friendship Village.
 
Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University.
 
Mattison has taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College and Regent University. Presently, he is an associate professor of Film Studies and English at Hampton University.