Matt Pallotta
Tryst Valentine

Born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Matt has maintained a passion for storytelling and the cinema from a very young age. His talent for story-telling emerged as he wrote short stories and a children's novel that came close to publishing when he was 8 years old. His writing won him awards through his school years while his interest in film was beginning to spark. Since 2004, when his film title, Red Duck Pictures, was created, Matt has produced a feature-length film titled Imperfections and a short film entitled Lies in the Reflection. This project, The Road to Sundance:on a shoestring budget has been a completely unique experience for him as a writer/director/producer and has given him the chance to 'play' in every genre of the field, from infomercials to horror films, documentary-style to stop-animation.

His talents aren't limited to work behind the camera. In The Road To Sundance:on a shoestring budget, Matt takes on the role of Tryst Valentine, the prima donna lead actor of the characters' film. He began acting and modeling at age 16, in hopes to obtain a solid performance background that would provide him with such knowledge as a director.His acting and modeling stints include such performances as "Ralph" in the high school production of FAME, the International Model and Talent Association's Junior Male Talent of the Year award (1998), IMTA's First Place in Real Commercial and Soap Opera competitions, and a photo-shoot for an Applebee's trade show gallery. He has also played supporting roles in his previous films. Matt currently teaches video production at Kent State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006 with a degree in Electronic Media Production.