"A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist - moving an audience through a movie ... making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark." - Gordon Willis, ASC.
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Raised in the fundamentalist Christian subculture of the Bible Belt, cinematographer Nicholas Matthews fell in love with storytelling as a child to explore life outside the confines of that perspective.
It evolved into a fascination with telling regional stories about fringe ideologies and marginalized people.
CUCK, his latest feature, is a timely character study that follows an extremist loner's descent into violence. It released theatrically nationwide October 2019. The Guardian called the controversial film, “A vitally relevant work...repellant, honest, & astute." While the Hollywood Reporter described it as “a lurid psychosexual nightmare reminiscent of Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream.'
Recently, he's filmed projects in Japan, Europe, Mexico and across the US. He's worked with artists ranging from Ice Cube to Rise Against, as well as brands including Jack in the Box, T-Mobile, and Specialized Bikes. He thrives on collaboration in finding each film's unique voice.