Matt Sukkar, who first gained attention for his eccentric Vines, has since quickly made a name for himself as thoughtful filmmaker. Without judgement or exploitation, he gains an unusual level of access and trust from his subjects, immersing himself in communities and situations ranging from trap houses in Detroit, to cocktail parties with Kim Kardashian. He returns with intimate, unsparing but sympathetic portraits of everyone he comes into contact with. Matt always works to shed a dignified light on every community, regardless of social class, age, race or sex.
Sukkar, who grew up in New York’s East Village, is fascinated by contrast and geography– his work has taken him to cities from Dubai to Detroit, directing commercial projects for Fender and Headcount, as well as music videos for Azealia Banks and DJDS. His short Durango was selected by Barry Jenkins to premiere at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival. His films are gritty and irreverent, and while he unflinchingly and intimately documents both the mundane and the unconventional, his work always remains rooted in a deep respect for the people he shoots.