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Matthew Lessner is an independent award- winning filmmaker who lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles.[1]



Born in Walnut Creek, California [2], Lessner was raised in Roseburg, Oregon, where he attended Roseburg High School.[1][3] He graduated in 2005 from Chapman University, where he studied film.[4]

Film career

Lessner's directorial debut was the 2005 short film Darling Darling starring Michael Cera, which screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Comedia, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival where Lessner won the Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker Award.[5] The film is included on the sixth issue of Wholphin DVD magazine with alternate audio versions by John Cleese and Daniel Handler.[6]

Lessner's second film, By Modern Measure, premiered at South by Southwest[7] and also screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[8]

Lessner directed the music video for the Dirty Projectors' single "Stillness is the Move".[9] He also directed the videos for the The Raveonettes' song "Last Dance"[10] and Fool's Gold's "Surprise Hotel".[11]

In August 2008, Lessner began work on his first feature film The Woods, which was filmed in the woods around Lookingglass, Oregon.[1][3]


Year Title Format
2005 Darling Darling short film
2007 By Modern Measure short film
2010 The Woods feature film

Music videos

Year Song Title Band Label
2009 "Set in Stone" Fires of Rome The Hours Records
2009 "Set in Stone" M83 Remix Fires of Rome The Hours Records
2009 "Stillness is the Move" Dirty Projectors Domino Records
2009 "Surprise Hotel" Fool's Gold IAMSOUND Records
2009 "Last Dance" The Raveonettes Vice Records
2009 "Early Warnings" Foreign Born Secretly Canadian


  1. ^ a b c Pallone, Cara (July 31, 2008). "RHS Grad to film locally". The News-Review. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
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  3. ^ a b "Utopia Unplugged". Film Stew. August 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
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  5. ^ Everleth, Mike (August 16, 2007). "Darling Darling". Bad Lit. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  6. ^ "Wolphin No. 6". Wolphin: A DVD Magazine of Unseen Films. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  7. ^ "Film Screening - By Modern Measure". South By Southwest. March 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  8. ^ "Film Screening - By Modern Measure". Sundance Film Festival. January 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 16, 2009). "Director's Cut: Dirty Projectors: "Stillness is the Move"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  10. ^ Ryan, Chris (September 29, 2009). "New Video: The Raveonettes, 'Last Dance'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 24, 2009). "Video Premiere: Fool's Gold: "Surprise Hotel" (New Version)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  

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