Matt Palmer

Matt Palmer

Director, Filmmaker, Location Manager, Photographer (Still), Producer and Screenwriter

Calgary, Canada

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About Matt

Matt is an award-winning independent filmmaker with over twenty years experience in various creative positions. Matt creates his own projects, and works with other creative team members, through conception, story development, fundraising, production, and post-production. His projects have screened on networks like the CBC (Pay Dirt), he has worked with the National Film Board (GDP), and his feature documentary “Letters From Litein” screened theatrically in Canada.

Through his work on the documentary on the Alberta Oil Sands “Pay Dirt” (CBC 2006) and his new documentary “Unintended Consequences” Matt has gained tremendous knowledge and insight into the energy industry. As an industry outsider, and not a technical expert, he brings a keen sense of questioning, in a journey to create better storytelling around energy and instill realistic and pragmatic hope.

He is a dedicated father of two young boys, a Board Member of the Calgary Waldorf School, an avid photographer, runner, cyclist, and passionate mentor to up and coming filmmakers.

Credits

  • Fargo

    Fargo (2015)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew, Miscellaneous Crew The all new "true crime" case of Fargo's new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer Lou Solverson, recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson. The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes Karl Weathers, the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Joe Bulo, the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe's bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is Mike Milligan. Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling - but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by ... Written by FX Networks

  • The Gift

    The Gift (2014)
    Film (short) by Matt Palmer (Documentary and Family) Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor A mother and daughter journey together, each with stage 4 cancer, to find the heart of life. Five generations of cancer in one family reveals inspiring lessons about how to live life to its fullest.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar (2014)
    Film by Christopher Nolan (Adventure, Drama and Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. Written by Warren D'Souza

  • Letters from Litein

    Letters from Litein (2008)
    Film by Matt Palmer (Documentary) Director, Producer

  • Mbodied

    Mbodied (2008)
    Video by Matt Palmer (Sport) Director

  • The Rig

    The Rig (2006 - 2007)
    Television (Documentary) Director

  • Pay Dirt: Making the Unconventional Conventional

    Pay Dirt: Making the Unconventional Conventional (2005)
    TV Movie by Matt Palmer (Documentary) Director, Producer

  • Alberta's Oil Sands: Centuries in the Making

    Alberta's Oil Sands: Centuries in the Making (2005)
    Video by Matt Palmer (Documentary) Director, Producer

  • On the Edge of Destruction: The Frank Slide Story

    On the Edge of Destruction: The Frank Slide Story (2003)
    Film by Matt Palmer (Documentary) Director

  • The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton

    The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (2003)
    TV Movie by Jerry Ciccoritti (Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A television film based on the tragic death in 1985 of Nancy Eaton, department store heiress, brutally murdered by her childhood family friend. Based on the book, "A Question of Guilt", by William Scoular and Vivien Green and adapted for the screen by William Scoular, the story explores the nature of good and evil, and how the beautiful 23-year old Nancy Eaton pays the ultimate price for her kindness to a troubled childhood friend. The obsessions and delusions of 17-year-old Andrew Leyshon-Hughes end in a bloody encounter - with devastating effects on two of Canada's wealthiest families. Written by Betty Palik - Director, Communications at Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc.

  • DreamKeeper

    DreamKeeper (2003)
    TV Movie by Steve Barron (Drama and Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, Grandpa tells mysterious Indian tales of love, friendship and magic. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Sightings: Heartland Ghost

    Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002)
    TV Movie by Brian Trenchard-Smith (Horror) Miscellaneous Crew The crew of a reality-TV show about the paranormal visits a small Kansas town to investigate a house that may be haunted.

  • Agent of Influence

    Agent of Influence (2002)
    TV Movie by Michel Poulette (Crime and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew This story of espionage and counter-espionage is based on the novel by Ian Adams. Suspicious circumstances surrounded the mysterious death of a Canadian diplomat. At the height of The Cold War in October 1964, John Watkins, Canada's former ambassador to Moscow and a close friend of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, is kidnapped and held in a hotel for questioning by the RCMP at the urging of the CIA. Several days into the interrogation he died. The official obituary claimed that he suffered a heart attack in the company of friends during a farewell supper celebrating his illustrious career. Written by Anonymous

  • The Claim

    The Claim (2000)
    Film by Michael Winterbottom (Drama, Romance and Western) Miscellaneous Crew, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named Kingdom Come. But changes are brewing and his past is coming back to haunt him. A surveyor and his crew scout the town as a location for a new railroad line and a young woman suddenly appears in the town and is evidently the man's daughter. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Caitlin's Way

    Caitlin's Way (2000)
    Television by Tommy Lynch Miscellaneous Crew, Director, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Caitlin Seeger is a troubled teenager. She was orphaned at age 8 and has been shuffled from one foster home to another ever since. She was forced to grow up fast and to learn how to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. After running afoul of the law one time too many, she is given the choice between jail and going to live with relatives on a ranch in Montana. Upon arriving in Montana, the street-hardened young girl experiences the ultimate culture shock. Written by Anonymous

  • You Know My Name

    You Know My Name (1999)
    TV Movie by John Kent Harrison (Drama and Western) Miscellaneous Crew Fact-based bio of early film director-producer, Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott). Tighman was a real life cowboy, who rode with the Earps & faced down countless bad guys. When he turned to films, he was determined to make authentic Westerns, rather than the fake carrying on of Tom Mix & other Western movie stars of the day. The only problem was that no one wanted to see his non-stars in any story. Arliss Howard co-stars as a cocaine-addled law enforcement nemesis of Tighman, who attempts to stop him at every turn. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • The Outlaws

    The Outlaws (1998)
    Film (short) by Matt Palmer Director, Producer

  • Antz

    Antz (1998)
    Film by Tim Johnson (Animation, Adventure, Comedy and Family) Miscellaneous Crew In an anthill with millions of inhabitants, Z 4195 is a worker ant. Feeling insignificant in a conformity system, he accidentally meets beautiful Princess Bala, who has a similar problem on the other end of the social scale. In order to meet her again, Z switches sides with his soldier friend Weaver - only to become a hero in the course of events. By this he unwillingly crosses the sinister plans of ambitious General Mandible (Bala's fiancé, by the way), who wants to divide the ant society into a superior, strong race (soldiers) and an inferior, to-be-eliminated race (the workers). But Z and Bala, both unaware of the dangerous situation, try to leave the oppressive system by heading for Insectopia, a place where food paves the streets. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood (1996)
    TV Movie by Jonathan Kaplan (Crime, Drama and History) Miscellaneous Crew At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, psychologically penetrating nonfiction novel. While in prison, Dick Hickock, 28, hears a cell-mate's story about $10,000 in cash kept in a home safe by a prosperous rancher. When he's paroled, Dick persuades ex-con Perry Smith, 31, to join him in going after the stash. On a November night in 1959, Dick and Perry break into the Holcomb, Kansas, house of Herb Clutter. Enraged at finding no safe, they wake the sleeping family and brutally kill them all. The bodies are found by two friends who come by before Sunday church. The murders shock the small Great Plains town, where doors are routinely left unlocked. Detective Alvin Dewey of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation heads the case, but there are no clues, no apparent motive and no suspects... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

  • Viper

    Viper (1996)
    Television by Paul De Meo (Crime and Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew A revival of the 1993-1994 series about a crime fighter in a morphing Dodge Viper which converts to a super equipped vehicle known as the Defender used to turn the odds around against a super crime organization. The main character (driver of the Defender) is now Thomas Cole. Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall (1994)
    Film by Edward Zwick (Drama, Romance, War and Western) Miscellaneous Crew Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to despise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiancée, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother's fiancée, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow's favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jealousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructible bond. Written by saunders11@yahoo.com

  • Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings (1993)
    Film by Jon Turteltaub (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Sport) Miscellaneous Crew Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team's bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son of a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway, if not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer seriously. But team spirit and a healthy self-confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven (1992)
    Film by Clint Eastwood (Western) Miscellaneous Crew The town of Big Whisky is full of normal people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff 'Little Bill' tries to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The town whores just try to get by.Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Dissatisfied with Bill's justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as 'The Schofield Kid', and aging killer William Munny. Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, saddles his ornery nag, and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the lines between heroism and villainy, man and myth. Written by Charlie Ness

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