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
- I was inspired by my mentor Jonathan Demme mentioning me when he won an Oscar for best Directing Silence of the Lambs
- I had the pleasure to be signed into the directors guild by three of my mentors, Jonathan Demme, actor/director Sidney Poitier, and actor/director Bill Duke
- A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which stars Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, was the movie that inspired me to write/direct Straight Out of Brooklyn. Director Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull was an inspiration for me as a young director. I loved the gritty realism that was created
- Photographer, musician, writer, and film director Gordon Parks was an inspiration and a friend to me as a young director. Mr. Parks was a famous pioneer among black filmmakers, and the first African American to produce and direct a major motion picture
- Mr. Parks's book, A Choice of a Weapons was an inspiration and a game-changing read for me.
- I also had the pleasure to meet author/screenwriter Alex Haley (who wrote the 1976 book, Roots) and was inspired by his quote on family: "In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it."