Cambria Matlow is an Oregon-based film director, writer and editor. Her moody, atmospheric work reveals hard-to-name personal and political truths, and seeks meaning in stillness, intimacy and relationship to landscape.
Her latest film, WOODSRIDER (2017), an immersive portrait of a female snowboarder on Mt Hood, was awarded Best Experimental Feature at its premiere in Santa Cruz. BURNING IN THE SUN (2010), about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa, was her directorial debut. The film was selected for IFP’s Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen in festivals worldwide.
In 2016 she received the inaugural Oregon Film/PLAYA screenwriting residency to write her first narrative feature; previous grants and residencies include LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, Puffin Foundation, and NW Documentary. Her current projects include NO MORE DOPE PARTIES, a short essay film about motherhood and place; a new documentary about her family’s relationship with a lost Ecuadorian father; and a feature script about teenage Mexican sisters set in the Oregon high desert of 1855.
Matlow teaches filmmaking at Open Signal/Portland Community Media and Camas High School, and in 2017 led Film Fatales’ Portland chapter. She holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University. She’s originally from Los Angeles and now lives in SE Portland.