Matthew Friedman are brothers and creative partners, aged 31
and 30, respectively. They were raised in Virginia Beach, VA, which
they still call home.
Jonathan graduated James
Madison University in 1994 with a B.A. in Mass Communications. In high
school, he made short martial-arts movies with his friends, and in college
began considering filmmaking as a career. He tried his hand at screenwriting,
working up several treatments and movie scenes--one of which later became
Moving--and eventually decided to adapt one of Matthew's short
stories into a screenplay for his first serious filmmaking effort. This
screenplay became the short film Scattering Ashes, which premiered
locally in 1994 to an enthusiastic crowd of friends and family. Despite
not being a commercial production, it was nonetheless a successful experiment,
receiving an unexpected review in
an arts magazine, and cementing the Friedman brothers as a creative
team. In college, Jonathan also spent his time playing in an acoustic
duo, writing bad poetry, playing darts, and was one of the first people
to ever discover the Dave Matthews Band.
Matthew graduated the
University of Virginia in 1995. He began as a Physics major, then branched
out into music, chemistry, economics, and drama, eventually settling
on an English major, which was flexible enough to allow him to indulge
his indecisive nature. He, too, played in an acoustic duo, wrote even
worse poetry than Jonathan, and carved a replica of the Rotunda out
of snow (the Snowtunda) which was featured on the front page of the
student newspaper. In high school Matthew stumbled onto the theatre
department and has been an actor ever since, appearing on both community
and professional stages--where he recruited much of the talent for Moving.
After college he and Jonathan formed Marjoram Productions, specializing
in graphic design and filmmaking. Matthew is currently an EMT with the
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach, and his recent screenplay, All of Creation, was accepted to the 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
is a veteran cameraman and video technician who joined forces with the
Friedman brothers as an editor on their short film Scattering Ashes.
Also a Virginia Beach native, McClung has been co-owner of more than
one local TV production company, shot his own full-length movie on 8mm
several years ago, and with his partner Mike Breault runs the live video
at several area concert venues, including the Harbor Center Pavilion
and the NorVa.
Michael A. Zimmerman
is a Microsoft Certified Engineer with a background in theater production,
having been the head technician for many productions at Shenandoah University,
Virginia Wesleyan College, and several area stages. He has lent his
skills as electrician, sound engineer, and lighting tech to the Moving
effort, and in between movies he works as a IT networking specialist
for a large contracting firm.