Matt McCormick

From Tugboats to Polar Bears DVD (Peripheral Produce)

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During October and November of 2004, award winning independent filmmaker Matt McCormick toured the country presenting From Tugboats to Polar Bears, a collection of short films he has made released on DVD by the Peripheral Produce video label.

Matt's work blurs the line between documentary and experimental filmmaking, and fashions abstract and witty observations of contemporary culture and current issues. It has screened in film festivals, galleries, and D.I.Y. art spaces around the globe, appeared on MTV and the Sundance Channel, and has received positive reviews from the likes of The New York Times and Film Comment magazine. Matt has worked and collaborated with many artists and musicians, including The Shins, Miranda July, The Postal Service, and Calvin Johnson.

This DVD includes the following short films:

  • Towlines (22 min, 2004) is an experimental documentary that explores the role of the tugboat in modern society and features an original soundtrack by James Mercer (front-man for the widely popular band The Shins).
  • Grounded (5 min, 2004) is a cinematic portrait of heavy industry and urban wildlife.
  • American Nutria (11 min, 2003) examines the calamitous saga of an imported rodent (narrated by Calvin Johnson).
  • Sincerely, Joe P Bear (4 min, 1999) uses found footage from the 1960's to contemplate how polar bears deal with heart- break.
  • Matt's signature film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (16 min, 2001) is an experimental documentary that makes the observation of how the process of destroying one art form unwittingly creates another. This film was named  one of the "Top 10 Films of 2002" by both The Village Voice and Art Forum magazine.
Matt has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, and has received awards including Best Short Film from the San Francisco International Film Fest, Best Experimental from the New York Underground Film Fest, and Grand Prize from the Media City Film Fest.