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Matthew Jacobson

Matthew JacobsonAssociate Professor and Internship Coordinator
M.F.A., University of Southern California
Film and Video Production

Matthew Jacobson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. He primarily teaches Film and Media Production classes, including Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Film and Media Production, as well as Experimental Film and Video Production, Music Video Production, and Cinematography. He has been teaching at the University of Kansas since August of 1999.

Matt received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Southern California in 1991. He worked in the film and video industry in Los Angeles for the next seven years, working with directors and actors like Bryan Singer, Denise Richards, Hilary Swank, and Paul Walker.

In 1996, he began teaching part-time at his undergraduate alma mater, the California State University at Los Angeles. After discovering an aptitude and love for teaching, he made the difficult decision to focus more on teaching than production. As part of this career shift, he taught full-time as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) from 1998-1999, before accepting a tenure-track position at KU. He has received two awards in recognition of his teaching accomplishments at KU: the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (2004) and the CTE Award for Undergraduate Departmental Teaching Excellence (2002).

In addition to teaching, Matt is also a cinematographer, producer, and director, with over 40 feature film and video credits to his name. As Director of Photography, Matt's latest projects are two new feature films with creative partner and fellow KU professor Kevin Willmott; Destination: Planet Negro!, a 1950’s science fiction parody, and Jayhawkers, a film about “Phog” Allen and the Kansas basketball team in the 1950’s (with co-Director of Photography and former KU student Jeremy Osbern). Both are tentatively scheduled for release in 2013.

As Director of Photography, Matt has taken three feature films to the Sundance Film Festival—a rare achievement for most working filmmakers, much less those who teach full-time. In 2009, Kevin Willmott’s The Only Good Indian was the latest of Matt’s films as DP (again, with co-DP Jeremy Osbern) to make it to Sundance. CSA: Confederate States of America, another feature film collaboration with Kevin Willmott, was chosen to screen at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by IFP Films in 2005. Matt also shot major parts of a feature-length documentary, Bukowski: Born Into This, which screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically in 2004 by Monarch Films. He continues to work in the Industry while teaching, keeping "up-to-date" on the latest in digital production and post-production techniques and equipment, including the RED 4K digital cinema system.

Other projects produced during Matt’s tenure at KU include the award-winning feature film The Battle For Bunker Hill (2008), the Learning Channel documentary “High Tech Lincoln” (2005), and the Kansas City PBS documentary “From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Center” (2011).

Matt is currently the Faculty Advisor for KU Filmworks, the student general production society for the Department of Film and Media Studies. In this position, he has served as Executive Producer for the Kansas Association of Broadcasters award-winning series, “Out of Focus”. He also serves as the Faculty Internship Advisor, placing Film and Media Studies students with local, regional, and national film and video companies.

More information about Matt's professional work is available here.

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