Matty Rich

Director/ Writer/ Producer/ Actor


Raised in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, NY. Matty Rich, became highly regarded as one of the pioneer Black Filmmakers in the early 90’s. Rich gained major recognition as the 19-year old acclaimed writer/director/producer/actor with his award winning film, Straight out of Brooklyn. After winning Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize Award, Samuel Goldwyn Films distributed the movie theatrically. The film would go on to win the Independent Spirit Award, the NAACP Image Award and The Producer’s Guild Award. Matty then landed a development deal with Tri-Star Pictures under the helm of studio chief, Mike Medavoy. 

Next, Matty was given a three-picture deal from studio chief, Jeffrey Katzenberg at Disney. Matty went on to direct The Inkwell for Disney, which became a summer splash hit. Matty developed several television projects including Red Hook as writer/creator for Warner Brothers/Fox Network, the Tupac Shakur bio project for HBO, and Subway Scholar with Whitney Houston for Showtime Network. 

Matty’s creativity took him to live and work in Paris, Hong Kong and Seoul. Matty served as Ubisoft’s Creative Director/Artistic Director for the video game 187 Ride or Die. In 2016, Rich authored the civil rights novel BEV for Simon & Schuster. 

Recently, Matty wrote, directed and acted in a 10 minute teaser for his upcoming supernatural television series C-U-R-E.

Artist's Chosen Interview:
Black Film Article: Matty Rich honored at MOMA NYC 2017

Artist's Work:
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Inkwell (1994)

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