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Interview with Entrepreneur, Film Writer and Producer, Matt Redhawk

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Matt Redhawk is an author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur based in Idaho. Living completely off the grid, he has helped his family become self-sufficient and protected against any possible economic or natural disaster. Through My Patriot Supply, he extends his knowledge to members of the public who are interested in disaster preparation.

His popular book, “Droughts and Dreams: Stories of Self-Reliance During America’s Darkest Times”, details how people of our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation subsisted during the Great Depression. This inspirational book shows readers a path toward self-sufficiency.

Redhawk has also taken a leap into the world of film, writing two independent movies. Home is the story of a family searching for their father in a post-apocalyptic world. Radioflash, currently in post-production for a 2018 release, documents what would happen to the world if an electromagnetic pulse knocked out power in the United States.

Matt Redhawk has a unique perspective on life, stemming from his personal passion for disaster preparedness. He is dedicated to helping people realize that they need to be better prepared for any catastrophe that may befall their families. Through his business ventures, books, and films, he spreads his message and influences our society.

1- Hello Matt, can you please tell us a bit about you?

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I am first and foremost a family man. I live with my wife and two beautiful daughters in Idaho. My interest in disaster preparedness is driven by the wish to protect my family from the possible effects of natural disaster, economic collapse, or another calamitous event. I am a filmmaker and author as well as an entrepreneur. My companies help people to become self-sufficient and to prepare them for any kind of adverse conditions.

2- What are your focus areas and why?

My main area of focus is spreading the word that everyone should be prepared for disaster. Too many people brush off the preparedness community and call us crazy or worse. We are not interested in scaring people, we only want them to have the tools they need to survive in case the worst happens.

3- How do you describe “Patriot Supply” in few words?

My Patriot Supply sells products to help families become self-reliant. Much of our business is in selling food disaster kits as well as water and air filtration products.

4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?

I believe that my work is helping the disaster preparedness community gain a following. My company has grown from a small one-person website to one of the largest disaster preparedness stores in the country. I feel strongly that we should be reaching out to people who don’t understand the danger of economic collapse or natural disasters.

5- What pushes you to work on the films industry?

I think in one way or another almost everyone can relate to wanting to work in the film industry. I was lucky in the sense that the movie we wrote won best short film in 2017. This only pushes me to try and write, direct, and produce another one. Writing film has really piqued a new passion.

6- Tell us about your approach?

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My approach to life is to go forward with passion. I wouldn’t be as successful as I am without a deep dedication to my principles. I am also driven by the need to spread our message of self-sufficiency. I always keep my goals in mind when making life decisions.

7- Do you think your mindset has anything to do with success?

Absolutely. When you are passionate about your work, others catch your enthusiasm. Working without passion means that you are just going through the motions.

8- If you could turn the time, what would you love to change?

I would have started My Patriot Supply even sooner. At the beginning, I doubted that I could start a successful company, but I soon found out that I had entrepreneurial skills. I hesitated to start the company, but once I did, I found that I was reaching a neglected portion of the population. The market need for our products drove our success.

9- What are you most excited about at the moment?

I am quite excited about our new film, Radioflash. I think that any new project is exciting, and I think Radioflash will resonate with many people.  

10- The last word or final thoughts?

I want everyone who reads this article to think carefully about how they would respond in the event of a disaster. Think about how long it would take emergency personnel to reach you. Think about what would happen if the emergency personnel were no longer there. I don’t want to scare anyone, but I do want to make people think about the implications of change on a massive scale.

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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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