Matthew K. Firpo is an award-winning Director, Screenwriter, and Photographer, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a founding partner of MAGNA CARTA, a creative firm based in SoHo, NYC, and was recently named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30.
Born and raised in San Francisco, he’s been making movies since he was eight years old. His focus on powerful storytelling has won him Best Director at the AdWeek Watch Awards, Best Documentary at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the Tisch Commendation for Excellence in Directing. As a photographer he’s shot editorials and covers all over the world, from Jaipur to Joshua Tree, and has lead photographic expeditions from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Swiss Alps. In 2016, Matthew spent a month in Greece creating THE REFUGE PROJECT, a multimedia chronicle of human stories from the Syrian refugee crisis that premiered at SXSW - and has since worked with UNICEF to create an original documentary series highlighting local programs from around the world.
His commercial work has generated hundreds of millions of views online, played the Super Bowl, and has been featured everywhere from Time.com to the front page of AdWeek. He believes in telling powerful stories.
Currently based between New York and Los Angeles, Matthew is represented worldwide as a writer-director by the United Talent Agency and LBI Entertainment. With five complete feature screenplays, including two Semi-Finalists in The Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, he currently has a feature film in development, slated to shoot in 2018. He likes incredible things.