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Award-Winning Affordable Housing Documentary ‘UNZIPPED: An Autopsy of American Inequality’ Debuts in Its Home City of Venice


Unzipped Family

UNZIPPED, a feature documentary about the growing affordable housing crisis in America, will be screened publicly for the first time in the community where it was filmed, Venice, California, 90291. The screening is at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California, on Friday, August 11, at 7 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by The Satyagraha Alliance; the Matern Law Group, hosted by Philanthropist, Podcast Host and Attorney, Matthew J. Matern, and is a benefit for Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.).

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Colin K. Gray, Executive Produced by Lucy Liu, and featuring music tracks from Run The Jewels, UNZIPPED has been hailed as the "frontline" documentary "for America's housing divide" (Variety,) a film that "humanizes" the issue (KCRW), and an "important, powerful and enlightening" documentary (KPCC's Film Week). 

UNZIPPED is produced by GRAiNEY PICTURES in association with Ley Line Entertainment and The Nation of Artists. Local Venice partners featured in the documentary include Venice Family Clinic, Venice Community Housing, Venice Heritage Museum, St. Joseph Center and S. P. Y.

A companion affordable housing impact campaign, #RaiseTheRoof, launched alongside the film with an interactive Impact Hub that showcases simple ways to get involved and support local housing organizations.

About the host, Matthew J. Matern

Matt is a successful attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder of Matern Law Group in California and created The Satyagraha Alliance, a non-profit that supports and partners with other environmental and homelessness organizations.

Dedicated to giving back to the community, he started the Alliance to support philanthropic programs for local underserved communities. The Satyagraha Alliance has donated substantial sums to many local charities including Safe Place for Youth, St. Joseph's Center, Downtown Women's Center, Food Finders and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. 

In addition to his philanthropic work with the Satyagraha Alliance, Matt is host and creator of "A Climate Change", a weekly radio show and podcast discussing issues of climate change with influential environmental leaders.

About Colin K. Gray

Colin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. Uniting every project he tackles is a deep commitment to crafting powerful stories that challenge the status quo.

In addition to directing & writing UNZIPPED, Colin's documentary credits include: Being Canadian, ATARI: Game Over, Redlight, and Freedom's Fury, his acclaimed documentary about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and 'Blood in the Water" Olympic water polo match (named one of the 20 Greatest Sports Documentaries of All Time by Esquire magazine). Colin and EPs Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu were knighted by Hungary for the film. 

Colin's ongoing commitment to social impact work includes writing and directing projects for Habitat for Humanity, Action Against Hunger, UNICEF and One Voice. Colin was also a staff writer on Netflix's children's series Phantom Pups. His other scripted credits include Savage Lands and Meena, based on the novel "Half the Sky".

For more information on UNZIPPED and #RaiseTheRoof, please visit: 

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Non-Profit Ministry Hits Major Milestone in Bible Video Game Development

Non-Profit Ministry Hits Major Milestone in Bible Video Game Development
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Video Game Image of David in the Shepherd's Field

Alabama-based non-profit video game publisher Intelligent Media & Design (IMD Interactive) recently announced that its free-to-play Bible video game The Anointed: David Saves Keilah (DSK) recently hit a major milestone in development.

The Anointed franchise is now one step closer to beta with it's latest development update on Steam. The update includes basic training and shepherd levels, enhanced combat, stealth, cinematics, tutorials and platforming. 

DSK is a smaller version of The Anointed: Heart of David (HOD), which follows the life of biblical hero David from shepherd to king of Judah. The Anointed: HOD references multiple books in the Bible, primarily beginning in 1 Samuel 16 and ending in 2 Samuel 2. 

IMD also announced that in the last 12 months, with over 2.2 million impressions, DSK has been installed on computers in over 130 countries with a very small marketing budget.

IMD Interactive President Drayton Cosby stated that the latest Steam update is a big leap for IMD and puts The Anointed in position to move away from proof of concept (POC) to the minimum viable product (MVP) stage of its launch phase.

“With this update, we are now ready to test our small group curriculum with churches,” said Cosby. “This is an exciting time for those that have been praying to reach Generation Z and youth leaders searching for innovative methods to bring more students to God’s Word.”

IMD Interactive Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Interactive Carlo Romano stated that IMD works diligently to shift expectations, which have historically been low for Christian media and video games. 

“We have accomplished much with a fraction of the resources that secular and popular games have,” said Romano. “Our hearts drive us, and support is building, as people begin to recognize our games are more than just entertainment.”

IMD Interactive Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Matt Clark said there is no more interactive and engaging way to tell a story than video games, and he thinks that the best stories for every generation are the ones in the Bible. 

“We are striving to bring the ancient world to life for our players in a fun and entertaining way, so players get a feel for what David and his time was really like," said Clark. “We hope this leads players to be curious for what else is in the Bible, especially the stories about the son of David, King Jesus.”

To access the The Anointed: DSK Steam store page, players must be 13 years of age or older. For parents who are considering allowing younger children to play, please visit IMD’s YouTube videos and FAQs for more information. 

You may donate or subscribe to keep up with the latest information from IMD or learn how you can help at

For system requirements and where to download “David Saves Keilah,” visit The Anointed: DSK. 

Contact Information:
Drayton Cosby
[email protected]

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