Matt McCormick is a filmmaker and artist whose work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape. He has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, and has had work screened or exhibited at MoMA, The Serpentine Gallery, The Oslo Museum of Modern Art, the Reykjavik Art Museum, The Viennale, SXSW, The Seattle Art Museum, and in 2007 he was selected to participate in both the Moscow Biennial and Art Basil. He has received awards including Best Short Film from the San Francisco International Film Fest, Best Experimental from the New York Underground Film Fest, and Best Narrative from the Ann Arbor Film Fest, and his film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal was named in ‘Top 10 / Best of 2002’ lists in both The Village Voice and Art Forum magazine.
Matt’s debut feature film Some Days are Better Than Others premiered at SXSW and was invited to screen in the New Directors / New Films series presented by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Starring Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer, the film was acquired by Palisades Tartan and was released theatrically in the spring of 2011. The New York Times wrote “(Matt) McCormick is a talented miniaturist, and Some Days is full of scenes and details that will make you smile” while the San Francisco Chronicle noted that “observant writer-director Matt McCormick takes his time on the small moments to make us care more about his characters.” Matt’s recent feature length documentary The Great Northwestpremiered at the 2112 International Film Festival Rotterdam and was selected for the Documentary Fortnight series at the Museum of Modern Art, while the installation version of The Great Northwest is part of the Tacoma Art Museum’s permanent collection. The Willamette Week, after noting it is the best gallery exhibition of the year, wrote “… The emotional undercurrents, along with spectacular cinematography and wisely restrained storytelling, make The Great Northwest a film that will awe—and quite possibly choke up—anyone who loves the green-tinted paradise we call home.”
Matt has also directed several music videos for bands including The Shins, YACHT, Sleater-Kinney, Broken Bells, and Eluvium. His 2007 video for The Shins’ Australia was named as one of MTV’s ‘Top 20 Videos of the Year’ while Rolling Stone Magazine called Matt’s 2010 Broken Bells’ The Ghost Inside video “awesome, transfixing and hilarious.”
In 1996 Matt started the Peripheral Produce experimental film screening series and video distribution label. He also founded the PDX Film Festival in 2001 and served as the festival’s executive director until 2008. Matt also has an album of his music and soundtrack work titled Very Stereo that was released by Marriage Records.