"Practice Funeral" USC CTPR 480 FILM: Diagnosed with testicular cancer, a young man coping with his mortality is determined to throw his own celebration of life party — despite his mother’s protests.

"Coconut Creamed" USC CTPR 310 FILM: A dark comedy about a mother-daughter dynamic duo that have to hide the body of a 72-year-old man covered in coconut creamed pie

"Astonishing" In the wake of the 2016 election, college students reflect on protest, art and the country’s divide. Finalist in the Fusion 120 Hour Docs Competition. Premiered at Slamdance 2017 and screened at the The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

"Next of Kidney" An auspicious daughter's attempt to rationalize the decisions of her deadbeat dad. A short play, written and performed by Mattie Bayne.

Mattie Bayne

Mattie is a filmmaker, playwright, and comedian from Baltimore, Maryland. Mattie grew up with a single mom, attended an all-girls school, is an Ovarian Cancer survivor, and has been to 29 Hootie and the Blowfish concerts and counting! Mattie is passionate about voice, storytelling, and bringing people together.


Mattie currently works as the showrunner’s assistant to Kourtney Kang on the Disney+ show, ‘Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.’ Previously, Mattie worked in the Motion Picture Literature department at the United Talent Agency. 


Mattie recently completed her half-hour comedy pilot titled, "OVERACHIEVERS" which follows an over competitive student government at an all-girls school. She is looking to produce her full-length play titled, “No, Love Me”, which was recently featured in The Blank Theater's Living Room Series. 


Mattie is a recent recipient of a BFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. Mattie and her team were selected to make a USC Senior Thesis Film titled, “Practice Funeral”. The film follows the journey of a young man diagnosed with terminal testicular cancer as he throws his funeral, much to the disapproval of his mother. The film means a lot to Mattie as she was finally given the creative space to explore how it feels to be a young person with a terminal illness. Practice Funeral debuted at the Los Angeles Short Film and Script Festival and will be featured in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. 


Mattie loves storytelling and bringing people together. Mattie is most passionate about comedy and representation, and especially the representation of women and BIPOC in comedy. She is passionate about creating funny, diverse, and tangible characters.  Before the pandemic, Mattie was taking improv classes at the Upright Citizen Brigade theater because she missed being on stage with her college sketch comedy troupe, THE SUSPENDERS. 

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

Italy, 2018


Barcelona, 2018


Copenhagen, 2018


Paris, 2018


Ireland, 2018

England, 2018



New York City



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