Matthew Akers | Artist Profile


Matthew Akers and Marina Abramovic, Still from Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

Matthew Akers is a filmmaker currently living and working in New York City. Having completed students in painting and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, Akers began to explore the world of filmmaking after completing his fine arts education. Akers has previously worked as a camera operator, cinematographer, producer and director. Akers was the cinematographer of the awarding winning documentary film Lemon, which explores the life of poet Lemon Andersen. He has also worked on numerous feature documentaries for HBO and PBS. He is the director and cinematographer of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. The film’s world premier was held at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and was later aired on HBO the same year. The film is now available on DVD.

Akers tends to gravitate toward working with artists and artistic people. Trying to distance himself from his own fine arts background, Akers is interested in documenting and presenting the subjects of his work as authentically as possible. Akers prefers filming his own work, even though that can mean grueling hours and difficult shoots. For his dedication, The Artist is Present was nominated for 5 film awards in 2012, and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film at Berlin International Film Festival.

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