Matty Rich

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
This young black director leapt straight out of film school into feature film making at age 19 with the powerful drama, "Straight Out of Brooklyn" (1991). Financed initially by $12,000 in cash advances from his own, his ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1971 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (2)

The Inkwell 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)
Producer (1)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

("A Woman is a Confusin' Thang") (Song)

Biography

This young black director leapt straight out of film school into feature film making at age 19 with the powerful drama, "Straight Out of Brooklyn" (1991). Financed initially by $12,000 in cash advances from his own, his sister's and mother's credit cards, and then bit by bit with fund-raising screenings (which netted $77,000), the film, concerning a black family torn apart by alcohol, anger and despair, was inspired by Rich's painful youth spent in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing project. To make "Straight Out of Brooklyn," Rich formed a production company, Black N' Progress, and hired non-professional actors and crew members who responded to his trade ads. Post-production money came from the PBS subsidiary American Playhouse Theatrical Films. Rich then was signed by the William Morris Agency on the strength of the film's screening at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival where it won a special jury prize.

Relationships

Father
Vietnam veteran with re-entry problems

Brother
older

Beatrice Richardson

Mother
left husband when Rich was 10 received master's degree at night school received screen credit on "Straight Out of Brooklyn" (1991) as "Best Mom" and staff person with Blacks N' Progress

Candace Richardson

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York, New York
decided not to enroll in the Fall semester

studied filmmaking from library books

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

transferred to NYU

Milestones

1994

First Hollywood production, "The Inkwell"

1991

Signed contract at William Morris Agency based on success of screening "Straight Out of Brooklyn" at the Sundance Film Festival

1991

Directed, acted in, scripted and wrote song ("A Woman Is a Confusin' Thang") for first feature, "Straight Out of Brooklyn" at age 19

1991

Opened clothing store, "Matty's Red Hook" in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn

1989

Began writing "Straight Out of Brooklyn" at age 17 (date approximate)

1988

Graduated from high school at age 16 (date approximate)

1982

Moved to Park Slope with mother and siblings at age 10 (date approximate)

1981

Inspired to be a filmmaker after watching TV-movie, "Sophisticated Gents" (scripted by Melvin van Peebles)

Grew up in Red Hook projects in Brooklyn, NY

Established own production company, Blacks N' Progress

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