Matt is drawn to directing stories that reflect the complex and diverse nature of the world. He believes that, as Brecht said, “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” As such, the projects he directs seek to create a bridge between the world that is and the world as it could be.
When it comes to film, Matt most often co-directs with his longtime collaborator, Landon Johnson. The two form a powerful duo as Landon brings his photographer’s eye and Matt brings his experience as a visual designer as well as his strong narrative/theatrical sensibilities.
A a theatre artist, Matt takes a hyper-theatrical approach by way of a motley toolbox of multi-media, emerging technologies, and ancient techniques. Puppets, interactive projections, immersive storytelling, and VR are frequently employed in his stage work.
Images from top to bottom: 1-4 are from the feature film Burning at Boths Ends (co-written/directed with Landon Johnson, starring Cary Elwes, Judd Hirsch, Jason Patric, Greer Grammer, & Sebastian Roche, and produced by Slingshot Media Group). Images 5-6 are from HAMLET (starring Tanya Gorlow and produced by Inner Circle Theatre). Full Burning at Both Ends credits are available here. HAMLET photo credit: Rowan Daly.