Born and raised in the small town of Charlton, a short ways outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Matthew Manyak has always been a highly-creative individual. As a child, Manyak was always creating, engrossing himself in channeling his imagination into physical mediums in the format of drawings and short stories.
When he was 12 years old, and living in the tight-knit town of Apex, North Carolina, he received his fist camcorder, a Sony Handycam. Immediately, he began creating several small-scale backyard films with his friends and neighbors, further fueling his creativity, and kindling an imaginative flame that would grow to become a dream of a lifetime of filmmaking.
The Things They Stole From Us (2016) was his first major production in high school, and his first short film that was released to public audiences by way of film festival venues.
Since then, Manyak has gone on to receive numerous Official Selection laurels at film festivals across the country. His hit film After The Fall (2017) has been screened at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles at the 2017 HollyShorts Film Festival, and stands to play at the 2017 All American High School Film Festival in Times Square.
Manyak engages in several other creative mediums. He is the author of a novel, Wolves of the Shadowlands (2015) and a poetry collection, Haze - A Literary Collection (2016), and currently has written 4 feature films. He also heavily engages in photography and is exploring graphic design. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Alignment Entertainment, a film and television production company based in Tallahassee, Florida.
Manyak currently resides in northern Florida, pursuing a career of creativity at Florida State University.
Unique traits: Skilled in multiple Adobe programs, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop. CEO and co-founder of Alignment Entertainment, and have self-published a full-length novel titled "Wolves of the Shadowlands."
Where the Cold Wind Blows Thriller ⋄ Horror A few weeks prior to departing for college, Claire Williams is whisked off on one final family vacation by her parents to a secluded cabin in the New England forest. While at the cabin, she finds herself stalked by a mysterious man who has seemingly been following her family before she was born.
Gray Mail Action ⋄ Mystery ⋄ Crime ⋄ Drama When one of the FBI’s most wanted is arrested, veteran agent Julia Winters is tasked with uncovering details about his contacts and motives, but once she begins digging deeper, dark secrets come to light, some which threaten to put her on the Bureau’s hit-list.
The Things They Stole From us Sci-fi In a dystopian world ruled by a totalitarian government, a falsely-convicted whistleblower finds himself amidst a violent guerrilla war against the authoritative forces that seek to wipe out everything that the people hold dear.
Wank Bank - The Series
Television (Comedy) Editor
John Smith: The Man Who Sat On A Bench
Film (Short and Drama) Producer
Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer
The Taking of Broward County Savings & Loan
Film Sound department
After the Fall
Film (Short, Action, Drama and Thriller) Writer While on a long journey north, a post-apocalyptic survivor is awakened to the sound of an explosion, and upon investigation, finds the hope that she might not be alone in this deadened world.
Film (Short and Drama) Writer A young girl attempts to put her younger brother to bed with a story as a much larger conflict escalates outside her door.
The Chair and the Red Room
Film (Short) Editor
Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew
Something to Lose
Film (Family) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (Drama and Short) Writer, Director, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer A game of chess played by two mysterious individuals determines the course of global events.
Witt's Third Wheel
Film (Short and Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Three, teenage, best friends all still sleep in the same bed together. But, when two of them decide to start dating, Witt must learn to cope with the unexpected changes in their sleeping arrangements.
Left Here to Die
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Writer Under pressure from an oncoming army of hostiles, two survivors must find a way to get their friend with a broken leg home, or leave him alone to die.
Film (Short, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy and 1 More) Producer When a large inheritance is left to a boy (Sullivan) with no family, he hires a caretaker (Gil) who evolves into his most depthful relationship. When Gil falls in love with the delivery girl, Sullivan struggles to keep grip of his only love while exercising his overbearing power.
The Things They Stole from Us
Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Short) Writer, Director, Editor, Production Assistant Deep in the forest of a dystopian world, three runaway convicts must rendezvous with a mysterious ally before their pursuers find recapture, and kill them.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Dramatic Screenplay - Silver Key Winner
West Chester Film Festival Official Selection
Elijah Wells Youth Indie Film Festival Official Selection
Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist
C&C Teen Hollywood Film Festival Official Selection
Douglas Anderson 72 Hour Film Festival - Action Genre - Finalist
Young Arts - Cinematic Arts Merit Winner
Florida State University
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts