Matthew Lessner is an independent award-winning filmmaker.
Lessner directed the music video for the Dirty Projectors’ single “Stillness is the Move” which was ranked one of the best music videos of 2009 by Stereogum. He also directed the video Fool’s Gold’s “Surprise Hotel”.
In August 2008, Lessner began work on his first feature film The Woods, which was filmed in the woods around Lookingglass, Oregon. The Woods was invited to world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film made history as the first film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that used Kickstarter for production financing. The Woods premiered in New York at the BAMcinemaFest held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Woods premiered internationally at the Cologne Conference in Cologne, Germany.
Lessner was also awarded a San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant for screenwriting in support of feature film tentatively titled Terror Tuesday. Matthew was awarded an additional San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant for development of the feature tentatively titled Terror Tuesday.