June 2013 – Matthew Mishory

Matthew Mishory


Filmmaker Matthew Mishory’s work has been shown in cinemas and at major film festivals and cultural institutions around the world and is permanently installed at the British Film Institute’s National Film Archive in London. His feature film debut, Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (official selection: Palm Springs, Seattle, Guadalajara, Rio de Janeiro, Transilvania, and Reykjavik International film festivals, among others) is currently in theaters in the United States, the UK, and Germany. The San Francisco Chronicle declared JT1951 “mesmerizing and sexy” andArtforum pronounced it “a nuanced portrayal of an entire era.” The film will be released on VOD, DVD, and digital from May/June 2013.

In 2009, Matthew directed the award-winning short film, Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman, a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of legendary painter, filmmaker, and activist Derek Jarman’s awakening in 1950s England. It was the first narrative film to be shot at Jarman’s Prospect Cottage estate in Dungeness, Kent. Following two sold-out screenings at the British Film Institute in 2011, it was permanently installed in the BFI’s National Film Archive in the special collection Beautiful Things. Matthew most recently directed a commercial campaign for SEEFest/Turkish Airlines, shot in Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.

Matthew previously studied Film Theory and Screenwriting at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.), and was awarded a (J.D.) Juris Doctor degree in law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He has served on the jury of the Iris Prize in Cardiff, Wales, and the South East European Film Festival. He teaches directing and film history at several Southern California institutions and at workshops around the world.

LnL Questionnaire:

Your favourite virtue?
Sticking to one’s guns (metaphorically, of course).

Your favourite qualities in a man?
See above.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
See above. 

Your main characteristic?

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
I’m fairly sure I won’t be given the opportunity. 

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
William Faulkner, Derek Jarman, and Gore Vidal.

Your idea of happiness?
Spending time with P.W.I.  Reading.  Making films.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
Wandering a strange city. 

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Any ordinary, unthinking, blissfully unaware life.  Alas, I am not wired that way.

Where would you most like to live?

Who is your favourite author?
James Joyce.

Who is your favourite poet?
Arthur Rimbaud.

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
An anti-hero, really: Stephen Dedalus.
He wants so badly to be great.  He never quite succeeds.

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Also an anti-heroine: Odette.

Your favourite painters?
Caravaggio and Rothko.

Who is your favourite composer?

What is your favourite Film?
An impossible question, truly.

Your favourite food?
All manner of vegetable.

Your favourite drink?
A sazerac.

Who do you most admire?
See above.

What is your present state of mind?
Caffeinated.  It’s early here in Los Angeles.

For what fault have you most toleration?
Cynicism.  Also idealism.  A contradiction, I know.

Your favourite motto?
“No hope, no fear.” — Caravaggio




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