NJ native Matthew Garrett studied film at the School of Visual Arts, earning his bachelor's degree in 2002. Upon graduation, he was the recipient of the Rhodes Family Award For Outstanding Achievement in Film/Video.
In 2006, Matt completed the 30 minute dramatic short film Ellie, which premiered at the 2007 Fantasia International Film Festival, garnering positive notices from Rue Morgue Magazine, Dread Central and Fangoria.com. That year, Garrett joined forces with producer Thomas R. Rondinella and Catfish Studios to film two more short segments to add to Ellie, resulting in the feature-length anthology Morris County. The film has screened at festivals across the United States and recently had its International Premiere at Brazil's Rio Fan. The film received an Honorable Mention for Best of Fest Feature at the 2009 Boston Underground Film Festival and is scheduled to hit DVD in early 2013.
During Morris County's festival run, Garrett re-teamed with Thomas Rondinella and most of the Morris County crew to film the award-winning and critically-lauded short, Beating Hearts. Matt is currently developing a new short film as well as a feature-length version of Beating Hearts.