Angela Matemotja’s directing debut was in the theatre back in 2005, when she earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary.
“Sunshine for a Midnight Weary” received glowing reviews.
F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times stated,
“Director Angela Matemotja and her fellow performers infuse November Dawn’s fiercely poetical drama with affecting grace and candor. The play’s emphasis on female bonding is appropriate. Indeed, these performers are so closely bonded in style and commitment, they often seem to function as one organism.”
The L.A. Weekly review by Neal Weaver captures the story and its impact on audiences,
“At its best, the play generates real power — particularly in the tale of a mother (director-choreographer Angela Matemotja) who discovers her man has seduced her retarded daughter while she was out working to support them. Matemotja leads her cast in a deeply committed, highly charged performance.”
Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter 2011, screened at over 30 international film festivals, winning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands International Film Festival, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest Global Community Film Festival and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival and Long Island International Film Expo in New York.
Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at Action on Film International Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, and won the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada International Film Festival.
In 2015 she produced a short film entitled Shoshannah’s Skateboard, which won Best Family Film at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and won the Hearts Minds and Souls Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. October of 2018 at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, Angela received The Female Pioneer Award for writing/directing and starring in her feature film ELEVATE. ELEVATE also garnered her Best Director Award at Rainbow Umbrella Film Fest 2019 in London, and Best Inspirational Feature Film at the Golden State Film Festival in Hollywood.
In July of 2019 ELEVATE acquired distribution by Gravitas Ventures and is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and other platforms. Angela is currently in post production on a project entitled THE GOOD BALLOON from writer/producer Lita Lopez, and has two other projects in development.
As an actor, Angela Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business.
Her television roles include appearances on Emmy winning shows The Flight Attendant for HBO, This Is US for NBC, CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC. Angela is a graduate of the America Academy of Dramatic Arts.