Matt Waters

Matt Waters

Screenwriter

New York City, New York

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September 2011
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About Matt

I am a believer that all art has an inherent musicality, which makes everyday life experience explode, turning the ordinary people and events staring at us into a reflection more consistent with their miraculous nature. Routine makes us feel safe, but there is always something interesting simmering under the surface. I think fear is a very dangerous emotion. It causes people to embrace distance. Distance from the truth, distance from happiness, distance from the vulnerability we all inevitably must face. It’s hard acknowledging our faults, and I hate seeing a false sense of invincibility being embraced through advertising and ridiculous television programming. It’s dangerous, because it removes us from the real world. The real world is beyond our thoughts, and involves complication. Better to feel slightly lost, than falsely found. I am far from perfect, and nothing I can buy is going to fix that. It can help, but it does not ensure success. What is success, anyway? Just another idea agreed upon by a lot of people. Be careful. The quick fix is an illusion. I love sports because an athlete’s greatness is never accidental. It’s built upon a solid, long lasting foundation. Recognizing this makes the flukes fun. I made mistakes, I have regrets, but those moments are gone and can only be learned from. It’s funny… you can quite accidently hurt people by trying too hard to protect yourself. But life is full of those kinds of paradoxes. The person who feels the most vulnerable is going to shield his interior with a tough, inscrutable exterior. It wastes time, and you don’t get it back. I consider my job simple. Words are the boxes through which we deliver feelings, which makes me comparable to a postman, in a cosmic sense. I am fascinated by emotions, because they are universal. We try separating ourselves, but emotions unify. They can also destroy. So it’s interesting. Writing always felt natural, but self-expression is. This is what I found that felt like home. Art is so meaningful because the good stuff forces one stop and consider. It doesn’t matter what happens after that. That’s enough.

Loglines

  • The Caretaker

    The Caretaker THE CARETAKER analyzes the environmental conditions that create a heartless gangster in his early twenties. Delving into the psychological depths of uniquely American insidiousness, the narrative unflinchingly portrays the creation of a criminal through a grueling character study.

  • Ashes of New York

    Ashes of New York A previously elite New York City detective, turned alcoholic liability after the death of his spouse in the September 11th terrorist attacks, is assigned to a forgotten cold case involving a slain teenaged artist, whereupon he forges a connection with the victim’s lonely mother. ASHES OF NEW YORK is a philosophical work, pondering the fragility of life despite its preciousness.

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