What happens when a young and inexperienced documentarian sets out to portray the personal life of an eccentric individual? When does documenting become prying into one’s private life, and what are the ethical choices a filmmaker faces in such a situation? Director Matīss Kaža speaks about the expectations, challenges and choices faced while documenting a legendary New York theatregoer with a notorious reputation for his first feature-length film.
Matīss Kaža is a filmmaker and student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2016 and at the age of 21, Matīss finished working on his first feature‑length documentary. His debut film “One Ticket Please” tells the story of a 78‑year‑old Indian woman in New York who has been going to the theatre every day for more than 25 years. As a documentary filmmaker, Matīss is interested in telling stories about people and issues which are generally overlooked by society. Currently Matīss is in the process of producing and directing several upcoming feature‑length films.