Biography The son of an oil rig manager, Matt Pulliam grew up on the move. His childhood was split between Texas, the wilds of the African west coast, and a Jesuit boarding school in Maryland. His interest in filmmaking stems from a lifelong love of photography and began with the film “Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan,” which was filmed near Matt’s African jungle backyard when he was of an impressionable age, near the same as the young Tarzan boy in the film.
It was not until after graduating from the University of Texas did Matt pursue his ambition, studying acting and directing at private studios in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York. Stand-in work on feature films followed, allowing Matt to observe the practical and technical aspects of filmmaking from professionals such as cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Matt sat-in for the poetic and naturalistic filmmaking process while working as a research coordinator for legendary writer/director Terrence Malick. These experiences have helped Matt with collaborations on low budget features and on his own projects with award-winning results.
Matt’s first film was a documentary short selected by Ken Burns to air on PBS in 2003. A stretch of “Top 10” video entries followed, most recently in the Nikon Festival and TriggerStreet short film contests. Matt’s last project, “Cash or Credit?” has been selected as a finalist in the Discover Card pitch contest.
Matt lives in Austin, Texas.