Woodsrider Films belongs to Cambria Matlow, a Portland, Oregon-based filmmaker who has been making boundary pushing work since 2005. She recently completed a year as Northwest Documentary’s Artist-in-Residence working on her latest project, WOODSRIDER. Her films depict the beauty she sees in growth and decay, seek meaning in moments of stillness, and value the emotional experiences created from atmosphere and mood. In her work, small interactions and environmental realities reveal personal and political truths. She’s interested in the particular stories that emerge from the intersections of nature, culture, and human beings.
In 2005, she cofounded Birdgirl Productions, whose projects include the award-winning feature documentary BURNING IN THE SUN, about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa. The film, which Cambria codirected and coproduced, was selected for IFP’s Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen worldwide in over 40 festivals, including Rooftop Films, Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival, FICMA Barcelona, and New York African Film Festival. The film was the Opening Night selection at Addis Int’l Film Festival, and won the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin.
She has been awarded grants from LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, and the Puffin Foundation. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.
She lives in SE Portland, Oregon with her husband Ben and their son Forrest.