Matthew Cherry

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Academy Award-Winning Director, Writer, and Producer; Hair Love

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Matthew Cherry: Biography at a Glance

  • Matthew A. Cherry is an award-winning director, writer, and producer best known for his animated short film, Hair Love.
  • The film which follows the relationship of an African-American father, his daughter, and her hair won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Having consulted for MonkeyPaw and executive produced Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed BlacKkKlansman, Matthew has also directed multiple episodes of television, including Black-ish, Mixed-ish, The Kings of Napa, Kenan, The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Grand Crew.
  • Matthew's first feature film, The Last Fall, inspired by his own experiences playing in the NFL debuted at SXSW and made its television premiere on BET.
  • Matthew is also an accomplished music video director, having directed videos for many artists, including Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and Common.
  • Matthew was listed as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business and Fortune's 40 Under 40 in Media and Entertainment.

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Matthew A. Cherry is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His animated short film, Hair Love, follows the relationship of an African-American father, his daughter, and her hair. It won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Notably, he raised over $280K on Kickstarter to make the award-winning short film. Later, Hair Love was adapted into a picture book for Penguin Random House. Upon its release, it became a New York Times Bestseller and earned nominations for a Goodreads Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award. Matthew was listed as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business and Fortune's 40 Under 40 in Media and Entertainment.

Having consulted for MonkeyPaw and executive produced Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed BlacKkKlansman, Matthew has also directed multiple episodes of television, including the Valentine’s Day episode of ABC’s Black-ish  and Mixed-ish  and, episodes on The Kings of Napa, Kenan, The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Grand Crew.

Additionally, Matthew's first feature film, The Last Fall, was inspired by his own experiences playing in the NFL and starred Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie. It debuted at SXSW and made its television premiere on BET. His second film, 9 Rides, debuted at SXSW. This ambitious and stylized film was shot for under $20,000 using iPhone technology.

Matthew is also an accomplished music video director, having directed videos for many artists, including Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and Common. At the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Matthew took home the Music Video of the Year award for Michelle William's “Say Yes," which featured Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

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