Films & Projects

THE DEEPEST HOLE

HD / 2020 / 12:00

During the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union raced to see which country could dig the deepest hole, but only one found Hell in the process.
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The Great Northwest

70 minutes / HD / 2012

An experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook…

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Buzz One Four

HD / 2017 / 60 min

Crashed planes, lost nuclear bombs, and an Air Force cover-up: a filmmaker unpacks the secret history of how his grandfather nearly blew-up the eastern seaboard.

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tangle (video installation)

single channel video loop
projected with interference
2:30 / 2012 More

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal

16mm/Digital video – 16 minutes – 2001

Emerging from the human psyche and showing characteristics of abstract expressionism, minimalism and Russian constructivism, graffiti removal has secured its place in the history of modern art while being created by artists who are unconscious of their artistic achievements.
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Very Stereo (MUSIC)

Music and soundscapes by Matt McCormick

Very Stereo is a collection of songs, soundtracks, and other recordings.

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Some Days are Better than Others

HD/35mm – 93 minutes – 2010

a feature film by Matt McCormick, featuring James Mercer and Carrie Brownstein.
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future so bright

23 minutes / 16mm transferred to HD / 2010

Future So Bright is a documentation and mapping project that creatively catalogs abandoned spaces in the American West. More

The Shins: Australia

4 minutes – 2007

This music video for The Shins takes inspiration from the ’80s classic A-Team television series and features the members of the band liberating a bunch of balloons from the dreary tethers of a used car lot.
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Eluvium: the Motion Makes Me Last

5 minutes – 2010

a music video for Eluvium, from the album Similes.

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Satellites (Installation)

HD video – 55 minute loop / 4 channel / silent – 2008

a four-channel HD video installation commissioned by The Nines Hotel that dissects and observes the geometrical structure of Portland’s Fremont Bridge.  Satellites features over 40 shots filmed precisely at dusk over a three-month period. More

Broken Bells / The Ghost Inside (official alt version)

3 min – music video – 2010

Official ‘alt-version’ music video, featuring Hall & Oates! More

Sleater-Kinney: Jumpers

4 minutes 30 seconds – 2005

This music video for Sleater Kinney follows a character as she plows through her mundane life while secretly using office supplies to build her escape pod.

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The Great Northwest (gallery installation)

single channel video/photography/ephemera

The Great Northwest is a video and photo installation based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook of photos, postcards, and brochures…

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The Shins: The Past and Pending

5 minutes 30 seconds – co-directed with Greg Brown – 2003

In this music video for The Shins, a young man and a grand-fatherly figure drive through the country side taking snap-shots of the passing landscapes.

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Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops

30 seconds – 2007 – Sub Pop Records

Written by Patton Oswalt / directed, shot, and edited by Matt McCormick / graphics by Bryan Boyce. WARNING: DO NOT EAT YOUR OWN FACE!

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YACHT: See a Penny (Pick It Up)

3 minutes 45 seconds – 2007

This music video for YACHT chronicles the day-in-the-life of a penny who gets lost and has to face the world all by himself.

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Western Edge (Installation)

16mm transferred to digital video – single channel with sound – 2007

The first installation piece from the future so bright series, which surveys abandoned spaces in the american west, western edge is a cinematic exploration of abandoned boom-towns, pioneer homes, and ghost towns.
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Motor Hotel (Installation)

16mm transferred to digital video – two channel video loop with sound – 2007

A cinematic roadtrip along the forgotten stretches of Route 66 and similar highways that were cut-off and disconnected with the completion of the US Interstate freeway system. part of the future so bright series, which surveys abandoned spaces in the american west.
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Arthur & Yu: Afterglow

3 minutes 45 seconds – 2007 – Sub Pop

Afterglow, by Arthur & Yu, from the album In Camera

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a message from the leader

3 x 30 seconds – 2006

a series of global warming PSAs for MTV, produced through Wieden & Kennedy.

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Towlines

16mm on video – 22 minutes – 2004

Towlines is an experimental documentary that explores the visual characteristics of the maritime industry and pays homage to these great workhorses.

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American Nutria

Digital video – 11 minutes – 2003

Nutria are a large, odd looking rodent from Argentina that were imported to the United States by the fur industry in the 1930’s and 40’s. Now, 60+ years after their introduction to North America, they appear to be on track to eating the entire continent.  Nobody really knows how to get rid of them, but there have been some pretty interesting attempts…
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Sincerely, Joe P. Bear

16mm – 4 minutes 30 seconds – 1999

Polar bears, ice queens, lost love… appropriated news clips from the 1960’s combine with hand-painted film to tackle the momentous issue of how polar bears cope with heartbreak and rejection.
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