Matt Amato is a director and co-founder of Los Angeles-based visual arts collective, The Masses. He has created music videos for a wide range of artists including: 60 Watt Kid, American Music Club, Beach House, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Leonard Cohen, Madi Diaz, The Dodos, Earlimart, Everclear, Explosions In The Sky, Daughn Gibson, Imperial Teen, Le Corps Mince de Françoise, Liquorice, The Long Lost, Ann Magnuson, Matthewdavid, Mia Doi Todd, Carlos Niño, Nortec Collective, Quadron, Red House Painters, Soko, Barbra Streisand, Serge Tankian, Tarnation, Tipsy, Joel Virgel, Wild Nothing and Withered Hand. He has worked extensively for such labels as 4AD, Asphodel, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Dead Oceans, Epic, Geffen Records, Jagjaguar, Leaving Records, London Records, Ninja Tune, Palm Pictures, Plug Research, Reprise, Rough Trade, Saddle Creek, Secretly Canadian, Sony Music, Sub Pop, Virgin Records and Warner Bros. Records. A frequent visual collaborator with dublab in Los Angeles, Matt also created videos for Cluster, Lucky Dragons, The Long Lost and Pharaohs. In 2009, Italy's Rome Film Festival celebrated Matt's work with The Masses. Matt's work with Beach House turned into an art show entitled Real Love sponsored by Blythe Projects and MOCA in Los Angeles. His work in Japan with the Harinezumi camera has been featured in exhibits at the New Museum in NYC, Tokyo, Singapore and Paris. In 2015 The Luminary Arts presented an exhibition of his works titled, Sound + Image. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art presented two short movies he made in collaboration with legendary performance artist Ann Magnuson, In Search Of My Blonde Roots and Time Traveling Hooker. Matt came on board as creative consultant and executive producer of the documentary, I Am Heath Ledger which had its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Matt wrote and directed his first feature, The Makings Of You, starring Sheryl Lee, Grace Zabriskie and Jay R. Ferguson, released in 2018.
Involvement with American Music Club & Mark Eitzel
In 1997 Amato wrote the script for the feature film version of Peter Handke's novella, The Left-Handed Woman, which featured an original soundtrack by Mark Eitzel. The film was never completed, although Eitzel performed his soundtrack to the film on August 30, 1997 at Sunset Stage in Hollywood, California. It is the only timed the full score was performed.