Matthew Buzzell


Matthew Buzzell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Matthew earned the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Direction from the American Film Institute in 1999. Matthew's thesis film, 6½, received The Martin Ritt Foundation Award and Matthew was honored as Director of the Year.

In 2001, The Teresa Heinz Foundation commissioned Matthew to make the documentary What A Girl Wants. The film's topical subject matter - the influence of media culture on the self-esteem of teenage girls - led to it being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Matthew's feature-length portrait of a jazz vocal legend, Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew, received its broadcast premiere on PBS television's Independent Lens in 2004, winning the Audience Award. Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew is distributed internationally on DVD by Warner Home Video.

2006 saw two of Matthew's films premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival.

Tell Me Do You Miss Me chronicles the bittersweet final bows of the critically acclaimed indie-rock band Luna as they mount their farewell world tour and look toward their futures with great uncertainty. Tell Me Do You Miss Me is available internationally on DVD from Rhino Home Video.

Putting The River In Reverse documents the historic collaboration between music legends Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint as they embark on the first major recording sessions to take place in New Orleans in the weeks post-Hurricane Katrina. It is available on DVD from The Universal Music Group.

In 2008, Matthew's film Companeras received its world broadcast premiere, again on PBS television's Independent Lens. The film is a portrait of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles - America's first all-female Mariachi band.

From 2007 to 2008, Matthew created a number of promotional films, EPKS, and music videos for artists as diverse as Diana Krall, Bad Religion, Joe Henry, and Patti LaBelle.

For the bulk of 2008 and 2009, Matthew documented the work of comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles as they traveled the globe lensing Universal's Bruno.

2012's Excavating The 2000 Year Old Man, a celebration of the early collaborative work of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, has been broadcast on both Turner Classic Movies and PBS television. It is available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

May of 2014 will see the release of Group Therapy - A Bob Newhart Show cast and crew reunion -as part of Shout! Factory's The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series DVD set.

Matthew is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication at Georgia Regents University.

Actor ( 4 credits )

A.W.O.L (2006) Soldier
Austin Movie Show (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2007)
Fratelli e sorelle (1992) Scott
Bix (1991) Don Murray

Producer ( 6 credits )

The Moment Before the Song Begins (2013) producer
Not Yet Begun to Fight (2012) consulting producer
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man (2012) producer
Where You From (2009) supervising producer
Compañeras (2007) co-producer
Tell Me Do You Miss Me (2006) producer

Director ( 14 credits )

The Moment Before the Song Begins (2013)
Elk City: Jerks on Ice (2012)
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man (2012)
Diana Krall: Quartet Performances - Las Vegas (2007)
Joe Henry: Time Is a Lion (2007)
Sunny & Share Love You (2007)
Compañeras (2007)
Tell Me Do You Miss Me (2006)
Putting the River in Reverse (2006)
Daniel Johnston: Rock (2001)
What a Girl Wants (2001)
Dean Wareham: Psychobabble (2000)
Jimmy Scott: Alone Together (2000)
6½ (1998)