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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, graphic designer

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It took Matthew Harrison a bit longer than some to get started in a real way as a filmmaker, but once he got the inspiration--and some financing--he began to make films that earned him not just the notice of Hollywood and the critics, but the William Morris Agency as well. Harrison's first film, made for $10,000, was "Spare Me" (1993) and concerned a pro bowler looking for his long-lost father. Hollywood called in 1995 after the release of "Rhythm Thief", a film made in 11 days for just $11,000--and brought in ahead of schedule and under budget. Filmed in black and white on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, "Rhythm Thief" told the story of a music bootlegger who can't get his life together. Based on a two-page outline Harrison wrote while editing his first film, "Rhythm Thief" was eventually co-written with Kevin Corrigan. The film, awarded a jury prize at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was applauded for its visual effects, such as a shot in a party scene of people dancing in reflection across the lead character's face. Following its release, Harrison came under the wing of Martin Scorsese, who helped him raise the $3 million for his next independent effort, "Kicked in the Head" which was scheduled...

It took Matthew Harrison a bit longer than some to get started in a real way as a filmmaker, but once he got the inspiration--and some financing--he began to make films that earned him not just the notice of Hollywood and the critics, but the William Morris Agency as well. Harrison's first film, made for $10,000, was "Spare Me" (1993) and concerned a pro bowler looking for his long-lost father. Hollywood called in 1995 after the release of "Rhythm Thief", a film made in 11 days for just $11,000--and brought in ahead of schedule and under budget. Filmed in black and white on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, "Rhythm Thief" told the story of a music bootlegger who can't get his life together. Based on a two-page outline Harrison wrote while editing his first film, "Rhythm Thief" was eventually co-written with Kevin Corrigan. The film, awarded a jury prize at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was applauded for its visual effects, such as a shot in a party scene of people dancing in reflection across the lead character's face. Following its release, Harrison came under the wing of Martin Scorsese, who helped him raise the $3 million for his next independent effort, "Kicked in the Head" which was scheduled for production in 1996.

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DIRECTOR:

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  I'll Make You Eat Roses (1997) Director
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  Kicked in the Head (1997) Director
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  Penis (1997) Director
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  Spare Me (1994) Director
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  Rhythm Thief (1993) Director
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  Two Boneheads (1989) Director
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  Waking Up Crazy (1988) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Kicked in the Head (1997) Luau Man
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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Born and raised in NYC
1993:
Feature film debut, "Spare Me," about a deposed pro bowler
1995:
Release of "Rhythm Thief," about a music bootlegger

Education

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art: New York , New York -

Notes

"I like the idea [of moving to Hollywood]. Hollywood's just a big machine. It's not that hard to figure out how to get done what you want to get done and still meet their needs." --Harrison in a 1995 interview with John Miller-Monzon of BASELINE.

"In 1993 I had a two-page idea that I wrote quickly. I wanted to make a film as soon as possible after my first feature ["Spare Me"], and I didn't want to get caught up in the development process. I had the actor I wanted [Jason Andrews] and a building to shoot in, so I went for it." --Matthew Harrison

"Our motto is 'Zero Overhead'. We can them 'prune films' because they keep us regular." --Harrison quoted in Time Out New York, November 15-22, 1995.

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