My mother is Japanese and was born and raised in Tokyo, and my father is of Irish and German descent. I consider myself a citizen of the world.
From the beginning I travelled, through dozens of countries. I lived in Japan for several years and spent a year in India before I was 10. Because I did not understand the languages, I became an astute observer. I picked up visual cues from which I could decipher a situation.
I am a filmmaker, a photographer and an image creator. I started creating visual imagery: drawing, making flipbooks, and shooting hundreds of single frames with a Super 8 movie camera. I became a film director, originally directing low budget films and later working my way up to multimillion-dollar movies. In those early days, I was both the cameraman and editor. Eventually I got to hire great camera teams. When Directing, I always set up the shots, and have the scene already cut in my head.
My short dramatic film, GRAFFITI was nominated for an Academy Award. It was a half hour yet didn’t have a word of dialogue. I also won a Student Academy Award for TRIPTYCH, a 'motion image' film, which employed many innovative techniques. I am a member of the Directors Guild, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where I serve on its short film, feature animation Executive Committee. My work has been screened multiple times at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I was awarded an NEA independent filmmaker’s grant. I also won a slot at the Sundance June Lab as a Director.
Along my journey, I’ve taken thousands of photos, exercising my eye, developing several distinctive styles. I have always carried a small camera with me, starting with a Rollei 35mm to capture what I see in the street. I also have a futuristic project about a utopian village in the desert. It's a media franchise concept.
20 years ago, I purchased 100 acres of Joshua Tree wilderness. It's amazingly beautiful, and is a environmental art palette for me. I project colored lights onto the boulders to create a unique environment. JTparadise.com is also a popular film/photo location, (Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, Paul and Joe).
I also have the Goddess Bunnie book project, where I’ve been shooting portraits of Sandie Crisp, for over 20 years. She is a notorious figure in the Los Angeles underground art scene, and the strongest person I know. She’s a physically disabled pre-op transsexual, performer and MC. Sandie tells a powerful story of surviving and thriving against all odds, fighting to be who she is, with dignity and humor.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife and two children. In many ways I consider myself an east coaster having resided in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Manhattan. My work can be seen at: matthewpatrick.com and matthewpatrickmovies.com