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Individual, Filmmaker, Educator, Author, Artist, Poet:

 

Matto

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“Matt Costanza” makes movies.

My short films have been screened internationally at film festivals and have won a handful of awards.

I make media that’s sometimes called experimental, radical, or avant-garde. You can find more info about my films on IMDb.

Exhibition History

• Voicing Cage, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (2012)
• Tricycle and BuddhafestDC Short Film Competition, Arlington, VA (2012)
• Faculty Showcase, The Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA (2011)
• Emerging Filmmakers Series, The Little Theatre, Rochester NY (2009)
• The Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology, Los Angeles, CA (2009)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2008)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2008)
• 50th Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY (2008)
• 10 or Less Film Festival, Portland, OR (2008)
• Montezuma International Film Festival, Montezuma, Costa Rica (2008)
• DigiFestival.net Film Festival, Florence, Italy (2008)
• Not Still Art Festival 2007, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2007)
• New England Film and Video Festival, Brookline, MA (2007)
• DigiFestival.net Film Festival, Florence, Italy (2007)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2007)
• Durango Independent Film Festival, Durango, CO (2007)
• Cape May New Jersey Film Festival, Cape May, NJ (2007)
• Visual Music Marathon, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA (2007)
• Best of IMS Festival Retrospective, Rochester, NY (2007)
• I Promise 2 Be You Streaming Show, Hollywood, CA (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2006)
• TromaDance, Salt Lake City, UT (2006)
• Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, New York City, NY (2006)
• Twin Rivers Media Festival, Asheville, NC (2006)
• Moondance International Film Festival, Venice, CA (2006)
• Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (2006)
• Monday Films #3, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (2005)
• University of Melbourne, Victoria College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
• La Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (2005)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2005)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival,Rochester, NY (2005)
• Particles and Pixels Symposium, The Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• (Im)permanence: Cultures In/Out of Time, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2005)
• University of Melbourne, Victoria College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
• Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (2005)
• ignifuge, Brunswick, Australia (2005)
• Unitec Institute of Technology, Snowwhite Gallery Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2005)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2005)
• John Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore, MD (2004)
• Toronto Online Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2004)
• Cincinnati International Film Festival, Cincinnati, OH (2004)
• 2004 New Hampshire Film Expo, Manchester, NH (2004)
• INVIDEO Festival, Milan, Italy and Stuttgart, Germany (2004)
• Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2004)
• Marylhurst University, Randall Hall Recital, Portland, OR (2004)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2004)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2004)
• Santa Fe International Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM (2003)
• X|Fest Animation Festival, New York City, NY (2003)
• BigMiniDv Festival, New York City, NY (2003)
• Memphis International Film Festival, Memphis, TN (2003)
• Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY (2003)
• Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2003)
• Cincinnati International Film Festival, Cincinnati, OH (2002)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2002)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2002)
• Studio 22’s Flicker Festival, Northwestern Univresity, IL (2001)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2001)

Awards

Directoral Awards (I was the Director & Producer)

• School of Film and Animation Honors Show, “Awen” (2007)
• Moondance International Film Festival, Sandcastle Award, “Shadows” (2006)
• Twin Rivers Media Festival, 3rd Place Experimental, “Dissolution” (2006)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show, “Dissolution” (2005)
• Toronto Online Film Festival, Featured Spotlight, “Reflecting Pool” (2004)
• BigMiniDv Festival, Special Recognition Award, “Reverberations” (2003)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show, “Reverberations” (2002)
• School of Film and Animation Faculty Choice Award, “BLUE” (2001)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show, “BLUE” (2001)

 

Edited Film Awards (I was the Editor)

• Excellence in Experimental Techniques Award, ASIFA-East Animation Festival (New York City, NY)
• Trophy Award, 49th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Gold Medal for Excellence—Director’s Choice, Park City Film Music Festival (Park City, UT)
• Best New Art Award, Georgetown Independent Film Festival (Georgetown, MD)
• Best Experimental Short, MicroCineFest (Baltimore, MD)
• Honorable Mention, 48th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Gold Medal for Excellence ­ Director’s Choice for Best Impact of Music, in a Short Film, Park City Film Music Festival (Park City, UT)
• Honorable Mention, 47th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Best of the Fest Traveling Show Selection, 46th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• 1st Place Experimental and Charles Schwartz Award for Exemplary Use of Sound and/or Music, Film Fest New Haven (New Haven, CT)

“Mr. C. / Professor Costanza” teaches stuff.

I’ve taught primary, middle, high, college, and continued education classes at public and private schools and community centers.

Hours of in-person collegiate instruction

Hours of educational media published

Teaching has always been a passion. While I don’t currently hold a regular teaching position (my last was at a college in DC), I still help other media creators whenever possible through meetups and forums. I also make educational media now and then.

Teaching-Related Experience

Professor (Full Time) (2011-2015) The Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA)
• Faculty in the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Department
• Redesigned courses to improve student competencies and course objectives
• Representative on the AiW Technology Development Committee

Professor (Adjunct) (2009-2011) The Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA)
• Taught Introduction to Film Theory and Digital Cinematography on Location (ENG Field Recording) in the Digital Filmmaking and Video Production Department

Producer (2008-2011) The Great Courses (Chantilly, VA)
• Team leader in a live-to-tape HD, deadline driven educational media production house
• Directed staff and crew (animators, editors, studio crew, technical personnel)
• Managed production budgets and schedules
• Creatively designed the overall look and feel of the video productions

Instructor (2006-2007) Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
• Taught classes in the School of Film and Animation and in the School of Design
• Taught Kung Fu classes in the Center for Human Performance

Lab Instructor (2006-2007) Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
• Node Based Compositing
• Video Tools and Technology
• Digital Video Multimedia

Martial Arts Instructor (2003-2006) Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
• Introduction to Shaolin Kung Fu Systems
• Shaolin Kung Fu for Self Defense

Substitute Teacher (2003-2005) Rush-Henrietta and Wayland-Cohocton School Systems (Upstate, NY)
• Science (Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry)
• Special Education
• English

Catch-Up Tutor (1995-1996) Livonia Public School System (Livingston County, NY)
• Tutored kindergarten and first-grade students
• Helped students catch up to their classmates

Course Development

WordPress Web Development for Small Businesses (2014)

This course taught the basics of web technology and guided students in developing their own custom website using WordPress CMS. It was designed for continued education programs.

 

HDSLR Cinematography (2012)

This course introduces students to shooting video with digital SLR cameras. These cameras offer huge benefits to independent filmmakers, but also pose great hurdles the artists must overcome. The course includes both a technical survey of dSLR technology and a variety of field shooting assignments.

 

Digital Cinematography on Location (2010)

In this course, students are immersed in the process of professional field production. Students develop organizatial skills in writing scripts, storyboards, and shot lists for shooting on location; as well as build technical skills in cinematography, lighting, editing, directing, and producing.

 

Introduction to Modern Film Theory (2009)

This course equips students with the terminology and techniques for film analysis. Students then review a variety of films across different periods and
genres, studying the inherent symbolic nature of film, as well as the social, political, and artistic concepts that can be found in thorough film analysis.

 

History and Aestehtics of Experimental Film (2006)

This course develops a student’s understanding and appreciation of historic avant garde cinema and its impact on mainstream film. The Comprehensive historical perspective begins study with the first avant garde films to come out of Europe in the 1920s and continues through various movements of the 20th century. The course concludes with a study of multimedia experimental cinema and an introduction to the artists changing the face of filmmaking today.

 

Traditional Martial Arts in Modern Situations (2006)

By emphasizing modern, real-world situations, this course instructs students in self-defense while building confidence and street-intelligence. Traditional
techniques practiced in class are drawn from Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Aikido, and Fencing.

Serial Shorts:

I’m experimenting with something… I’m writing serial shorts, posting them for free, and selling limited edition copies of them as NFTs. I’ll make a ‘Matto’s Log’ entry about it soon. (but if you’re visiting, I bet you already know what an NFT is :))

Currently, I have the first shorts in a pair of series published, but I’ll be adding to each series!

Novel Series:

I published a series of action & adventure stories about kick-ass vampires fighting zombies that are well reviewed and have been downloaded over 7,000 times.

I’m now publishing the “Trashy Romance” series, which are funny, scorching, blue-collar, sex-positive, LGBTQ+ inclusive, contemporary romance novels.

I published the first two novels in November 2020, and I’ve got a bunch more in the works slated for publication in 2021-2022.

Publishing History

Coming Soon:

  • Trashy Romance: Pick-A-Part Your Heart (Trashy Romance #3), Contemporary Romance, LGBT Romance, 135k words, (2021)

Published:

  • Fan-Frickin-Tastic #1 (Fan-Frickin-Tastic #1), Fantasy, Apocalyptic, 5.5k words, 2020)
  • Spectral Knights: #1 The Green (Spectral Knights #1), Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Superhero, 4.7k words, 2020)
  • Trashy Romance: Back-Alley Treasure Trove (Trashy Romance #2), Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, 116k words, 2020)
  • Trashy Romance: Curbside Pickup (Trashy Romance #1), Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, 86k words, 2020
  • ANTIVENOM (Infinite Vampire #4), Action & Adventure, Military, 145k words, 2017
  • MAELSTROM (Infinite Vampire #3) Action & Adventure, Apacalyptic, 90k words, 2017
  • Life Blood 4 (Infinite Vampire World Easter Egg), Fantasy, Young Adult, 2k words, 2017
  • QUEEN’S GAMBIT (Infinite Vampire #2), Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, 135k words, 2017
  • BLOOD 4 LIFE (Infinite Vampire #1), Action & Adventure, Urban Fantasy, 88k words, 2017
  • SOPHIA’S JOURNAL (Infinite Vampire #0), Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, 8k words, 2017
  • Freestyle Haiku Collection 2, Spiritual Poetry, 2015
  • Freestyle Haiku Collection 2, Spiritual Poetry, 2015

Part Araki, part Edgerton, part Newton, part Merritt, and part Giger, I make art that varies from erotic to contemplative, absurd to scientific, spiritual to unsettling.

I started to work in a darkroom when I was 12, and photography became my favorite creative medium. In college, when I was studying physics, digital imaging technology worked its way into the university’s imaging arts classes, and I quickly changed my major. That was back in ’99, and I’ve been experimenting with alternative image-making ever since.

Grants and Shows

Art Grants

• Crystal City Business Improvement District Grant, sculpture “Spaceship Earth
in the Universe” (2010)
• Experimental Television Center residency (2007)
• Callahan Rennals Production Grant, “Awen” (2007)
• Genesee Valley Council of the Arts Grant for workshops (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Creative Arts Grants (7 total, 2002 – 2007)

 

Solo Shows

• “Day Trips around the Finger Lakes,” Leidenfrost Vineyards, Watkin’s Glen, NY (2009)
• “Compositions in Energy,” Institute for Forest Biotechnology, Raleigh, NC (2007)

 

Group Shows

• Artomatic, Arlington, VA (2012)
• Art Takes Flight, Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA (2011)
• Bucky-Art Sculpture Exhibit, Arena Stage, Arlington, VA (2010)
• “Fine Art Nude Photography Exhibit, Carriage House Studio, Washington, DC (2010)
• Fotoweek 2010 Exhibit, Carriage House Studio, Washington, DC (2010)”
• Faculty Showcase, Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA (2009)
• Heads and Tails, DC MOCA Gallery, Washington, DC (2008)

Publishing and Selling

I’m a crypto-artist, which means that I publish my art as digital, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum network. In my case, I publish my NFTs as Azurine Art / $AZART tokens. I sell my work on NFT token exchange sites, like rarible.com and opensea.io. My work can be purchased with various cryptocurrencies, but primarily with Ether.

The takeaway is that I’m selling my work ‘on the blockchain,’ and that when someone buys one of my pieces, they’re buying the digital ownership rights of that piece. Thie technology makes art provenance and authenticity issues a thing of the past millenia, and it opens up new avenues and opportunities for artists who embrace ‘crypto-art’ like I do.

If this is a completely new concept to you, you can learn more by researching ‘Crypto Art,’ and I suggest you start at the Crypto art Wikipedia page for an overview.

Mattō” writes poetry.

Since 2010, I’ve been writing and publishing free-form spiritual poetry at FreestyleHaiku.com.

Sometimes I write a bunch a month–sometimes I don’t write for a bunch of months. Every so often, I feel like a chapter of my life has closed, and a new one opened. This is also reflected in my poetry.

Individual poems published

Chapters of thematically linked work

You can view a few of my poetry collections that have been formatted into ebooks on Amazon.com.

Education and Learnings

Master of Fine Arts (2008)

Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of Film and Animation, Live Action Filmmaking Program

Bachelor of Science with High Honors (2003)

Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Applied Science and Technology,
Applied Arts and Sciences, Multidisciplinary Studies Program, Communications Minor

Contact Me

If chatting with me on social media won’t cut it, well, good luck. 😉