Filmmaker Matt McCormick


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Type

Film still from Matt McCormick's

A renowned artist and filmmaker whose work spans both the art and independent film worlds, Matt McCormick is touring New York State with a program featuring brand-spanking-new videos such as "The Problem With Machines That Communicate" and "Light Tiger Eye," music videos for The Shins and Sleater-Kinney, and random and miscellaneous tidbits and surprises.

Matt is also the founder of Peripheral Produce, an internationally recognized video distribution label specializing in short experimental work, and the director of the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival, Portland’s premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema.

This event is made possible by the Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Admission is by suggested donation ($10 or $5 students/low income).


Watch "Sincerely, Joe P. Bear" by Matt McCormick.

Matt McCormick is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and musician who has produced several well-received projects in recent years. His films defy genre distinctions and fashion witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape. His project Future So Bright maps and catalogs the abandoned spaces in the American West, while American Nutria examines the plight of an imported species while chastising capitalism’s tendency to create its own disasters. The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal makes the observation that the process of destroying one art form unwittingly creates another, while his installation piece Ride a Wave To Tomorrow’s Sunset reflects on society’s need for ‘synthetic meditation’.

Matt’s work has been exhibited in film festivals, art museums, and microcinemas around the globe, appeared on MTV and the Sundance Channel, and received positive reviews from Art Forum, The New York Times, and Film Comment magazine. Matt has worked and collaborated with many artists and musicians, including The Shins, Miranda July, Sleater-Kinney, The Postal Service, YACHT, Patton Oswalt, and Calvin Johnson. Matt has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, and been included in the traveling group exhibitions “Uncertain States of America” and “Baja to Vancouver.” 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 Short 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 also won a 2007 Rosey Award for a series of global warming public service announcements he directed for MTV.