Woodsrider Films belongs to Cambria Matlow, a Portland, Oregon-based filmmaker who has been making boundary pushing work since 2005. Recently she received the inaugural 2016 Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award to write a feature length narrative script for an environmental fable about Mexican women set in the high desert during the Rogue River Wars (1855-56) in Southern Oregon.
Her latest feature film, WOODSRIDER, an immersive documentary portrait of a female snowboarder on Mt Hood, premiered at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, winning an award for Best Experimental Feature.
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, including Rooftop Films, FICMA Barcelona, New York African Film Festival and Addis Int’l Film Festival, eventually winning the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin.
Cambria’s films seek meaning in moments of stillness and value the emotional experiences created from atmosphere and mood. Small interactions and environmental realities reveal personal and political truths. Her work has been awarded grants and artist residencies from LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, the Puffin Foundation, and NW Documentary.
Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University. She anticipates earning her Masters in Essay Documentary from EICTV in Cuba in 2018.
She lives in the Lents neighborhood of SE Portland with her husband Ben and their son Forrest.