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Matt McCormick is an award-winning filmmaker, artist and assistant professor at Gonzaga University. Blending mediums and defying genre distinctions, his work has been exhibited in venues ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art. 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 and called one of the “Best Indie Films of the Decade” by Filmmaker Magazine. McCormick’s work has received positive reviews from The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine and many others. Matt’s debut feature film, SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and is distributed by Kino-Lorber. His second feature, THE GREAT NORTHWEST, premiered at the 2012 Rotterdam International Film Festival and is distributed by Fandor. His most recent feature, BUZZ ONE FOUR, premiered at the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was released by Amazon Prime Video.

McCormick is the founder of both the PDX Film Festival and the video label Peripheral Produce. He has also served as a guest programmer/curator for The Venice International Film Festival and the Portland Art Museum. McCormick has directed music videos for bands, including The Shins, Broken Bells, YACHT and Sleater-Kinney, and commercial work for clients including Intel, Wieden & Kennedy and Levi’s. His music video “Australia” for The Shins was included in MTV’s top 20 videos of 2007. In the spring of 2017 he opened The Boathouse Microcinema, an alternative film venue that features weekly screenings of local and regional artists.

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Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Matt McCormick

Producer: Matt McCormick

Running Time (minutes): 12 MIN

Language: English