ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best New Talent
Matt Johnson - Writer, Director, Editor, Producer, Star of The Dirties
Todd Brown - Founder & Editor
Johnson's a crazy person and crazy talented. His debut feature is audacious and full of heart.
James Marsh - Asian Editor
The Dirties made into my Top 10 of the year for the way it was able to entertain and frighten simultaneously. It tackles the anxieties of high school and growing up, the always-difficult relationship between violence and the media, while also managing to explore the changing way we interact with technology and make movies. At the centre of all of this is Matt Johnson, a young, energetic and singular presence both on and offscreen who has proven with this incredible debut that he has plenty to say and hopefully a long and fruitful career ahead of him.
Ben Umstead - East Coast Editor
It's true that The Dirties star and director Matt Johnson is something of a wunderkind. But for anyone who has seen the meta-fiction film on bullying and school violence, it's also very clear that Johnson is not an autuer. The film's complex take on American youth comes together because of the seemingly invisible, yet genuinely genuis work of Evan Morgan and Jared Raab who, like Johnson, hold multiple credits on the film. And that's all held together by producer Matthew Miller.
Jaime Grijalba - Contributing writer
Acting, producing, writing "The Dirties" is maybe one of the most impressive things that someone can do in their lifetime, and for this to be his debut (pretty much) in all these areas is even more impressive, I love this movie and I hope that it gets the attention of those in search of filmmakers to look forward to.