Donald Matos got his start as a film producer at Columbia Pictures, where he developed motion picture projects under the auspices of David Puttnam, Academy Award-winning producer of Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields. Donald Matos presented for feature consideration MacArthur genius grant recipient Charles Burnett's film project To Sleep with Anger, which eventually starred Danny Glover.
Donald Matos was the creator and director of The Lee Strasberg Digital Film School, which is part of the world-renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Donald Matos also created the first bachelor's degree program in digital film in the country. Incidentally, Donald Matos was trained first and foremost as a director by Delia Salvi, one of Lee Strasberg's most respected disciples and an active member of the famed Actors Studio.
Donald Matos is Founder and CEO of his own film, television, and Internet production company, One-Cinema, Inc. Donald Matos is also Founder and CEO of The Institute for New Cinema, a digital film school, and its non-profit Cultural Center, both of which he is working on the financing to officially launch.
Donald Matos has won awards in screenwriting and filmmaking, including the prestigious Focus Film Award for his film The Other Side. Donald Matos has been recognized by such notable organizations as the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Sundance Institute, the American Film Institute, the National Playwrights Conference, and the Nissan Focus Film Awards. Donald Matos has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Film Production from UCLA.
Donald Matos’ favorite films are: The Hurt Locker, The Celebration, Pixote, The Bicycle Thief, The Conformist, The Conversation, City Lights, The Rules of the Game, Raging Bull, A Clockwork Orange, Vertigo, Seven Samurai, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Donald Matos’ cinematic influences are: Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Jean Renoir, Francois Truffaut, Vittorio De Sica, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Bunuel, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Andrzej Wajda, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Zhang Yimou, and Chen Kaige.
Donald Matos admires the lives of: Lao Tzu, Confucius, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Lord David Puttnam, and my mother, Lucille Matos.