about Matt McCormick

Matt McCormick [b.1972, USA] is a filmmaker and artist whose work blurs genre distinctions to construct witty, lyrical observations of history, culture, and geography. Working at the intersection of documentary and artistic production, McCormick investigates forgotten histories while exploring experimental cinematic formalism. His films, which include The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, Some Days are Better than Others, The Great Northwest, and Buzz One Four, have screened in venues ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art, and have received favorable reviews from The New York Times, Art Forum, and many other media outlets.  

Beyond filmmaking, McCormick led programming for the PDX Film Festival and Boathouse Microcinema and served as a guest curator for the Venice International Film Festival and the Portland Art Museum. He has also directed music videos for The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Broken Bells, and more. Based in the Pacific Northwest where his is an assistant-professor of Art and Integrated Media at Gonzaga University, Matt received a BA in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in Media Study from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  His most recent project, a short documentary titled The Deepest Hole, will be making its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.


The Deepest Hole, 12 minutes, 2020
Buzz One Four, 60 minutes, 2017
The Great Northwest, 70 minutes, 2012
future so bright, 24 minutes, 2011
Some Days are Better Than Others, 93 minutes, 2010
Light Tiger Eye, 5 minutes, 2008
satellites,  4-channel video installation, 2008
The Problem with Machines that Communicate,  13 minutes, 2008
towlines,  23 minutes, video, 2004
American Nutria,  11 minutes, video, 2003
the subconscious art of graffiti removal,  16 minutes, 16mm, 2001
sincerely, joe p. bear,  4 minutes, 16mm, 1999
The Vyrotonin Decision, 7 minutes, 16mm, 1999

music videos / miscellaneous:

Broken Bells: The Ghost Inside (official alt version). Sony Music
Eluvium: The Motion Makes Me Last. Temporary Residence
Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops. Sub Pop
The Shins: Australia.  Sub Pop Records
Sleater Kinney: Jumpers.  Sub Pop Records
The Shins: The Past and Pending.  Sub Pop RecordsYACHT: See a Penny Pick it Up.  Marriage Records
MTV Switch Global Warming PSA series, MTV/Wieden & Kennedy
Arthur & Yu: Afterglow, Sub Pop Records

selected reviews and bibliography:

Some Days are Better than Others
Scott Macaulay / Filmmaker Magazine

Fighting Losing Battles Against Isolation

Mike Hale / New York Times

Moody Some Days are Better than Others
David Lewis / The San Francisco Chronicle

Matt McCormick Retraces “The Great Northwest” Roadtrip
Dave Miller / Oregon Public Broadcasting / NPR Morning Edition (radio/podcast)

Matt McCormick’s Great Northwest
Megan Driscoll / PORT

Road Trip
Richard Speer / The Willamette Week

Talking with Portland’s unofficial filmmaker-laureate, Matt McCormick, about “Some Days Are Better Than Others” and “The Great Northwest”
Brian Libby / Portland Architecture

The Month of Matt (feature/cover)
Chas Bowie / The Portland Mercury

The Lonesome Crowded West (feature)
Aaron Mesh / The Willamette Week

Notes From the Underground (feature)
Adam Hart / Res Magazine

Film Buff (feature)
Emilia Scofield / Filmmaker Magazine

Filming on Empty (feature)
Joseph Gallivan / Portland Tribune

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