*Online Premiere* Pennsylvania, 1890. The story of William Matter Jr., a forlorn oil lamp heir who meets a new housemaid, Eliza Alcotti, on the eve of his dreaded engagement announcement. From the people who saw “Pride & Prejudice” (as described in the trailer here) comes this period parody about manners, class, love and beards — not the facial hair; the companion used as a cover-up for a homosexual. Directed by and starring NoBudge Hall-of-Famer Nigel DeFriez, “Matter & Matter,” admirably fulfills its concept within a no-budget framework, somehow bringing together convincing period costumes, an actual horse and carriage, etc, and hilariously striving for a semblance of 19th century speak and plotting. Matter is set to be married to Aurora Payne, a sickly young woman (played by the priceless Kira Pearson), a friend of the family and an arranged bride-to-be. To maintain the family’s dignity, Matter, a gay man, must give off the appearance of being a proper gentleman and properly in love with Payne. Enlisting Alcotti to help him pass, the two establish an unusual bond, until a secret about her presence is revealed and everything is thrown into question. Clocking in at almost 28 minutes, this epic short moves at breakneck speed (Jane Austen in fast forward) through all the requisite twists, scheming families, stolen kisses, and slips of tongue required of the genre, and closes with a rousing final scene. The film was co-written, and produced by Maria Krovatin, who also stars as Alcotti and does costumes, an impressive, charming feat all around. [Watch on YouTube]. (28 minutes). Directed by Nigel DeFriez. Written and Produced by Maria Krovatin & Nigel DeFriez. Starring Maria Krovatin, Nigel DeFriez, Morgan Ritchie, Julia Crockett, Kira Pearson, Drew Lewis, and Kate Burton. Cinematography by Robert Cauble. Music by Barbara Gruska. Costumes by Maria Krovatin, Edited by Nigel DeFriez. Production Design by Kira Pearson. Hair and Makeup: Shear Design.