Class of 2021, Nominated for Excellence in Storytelling

Just Being Here

by Matteo Moretti, Middlebury College

Walter has lived alone for most of his life and doesn't venture far from his house, but his life is far from ordinary. "Just Being Here" shares the story of a man who finds solace and wonder in the nature of his backyard and comfort in the company of special friends.

MSFF 2021 Screening Times

Just Being Here is screening at MSFF, happening December 28-29, 2021. Our Festival livestream is free, and open to the public. You can watch the film on December 28th, 2021, at 10:35am EST.

Prefer to watch it on your own time? With, our experimental VOD option this year, you can watch all of this year's film slate up to seven days after the Festival ends. Purchase required.

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About The Filmmaker

Matteo Moretti

My name is Matteo and I'm a photographer, filmmaker, editor, passionate fisherman and Environmental Studies-Film student at Middlebury College.

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I did not have the most typical outdoor experience, which forced me to venture out on my own and introduced me to fishing. As I grew older, my passion for fishing and adventures only increased — and so did my desire to steal my parents’ camera on every outing.

From the first push of that button, my desire to capture, share and tell stories visually has driven me to discover a whole new world.

Film and photography have challenged me in ways that have allowed me to meet honest souls, experience incredible places and push me out of my comfort zone. I believe in creating authentic moments and capturing them as they unfold in front me.


-Matteo Moretti, Director
-Matteo Moretti, Cinematography
-Matteo Moretti, Editor
-Luca Moretti, Original Score
-Walter, Featuring

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