Matthew Heckerling - Founder
Matthew is an award-winning director of photography for feature films, commercials, music videos and documentaries based in New York City. He is currently preparing to shoot the action crime drama, The Translator.
Matthew’s last feature release, Shadow People, a supernatural thriller starring Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Walking Dead) and directed by Matthew Arnold (Emerald City) was released to critical acclaim and is currently in rotation on Showtime. Since then, he’s been very busy with such varied projects as Turned Out a mystery set in India and the musical Hereafter, starring Danny Aiello (Moonstruck, Do The Right Thing), as well as shooting 2ndUnit for Paul’s romantic sports comedy Swing Away. He also recently shot a Pantene ad with supermodel Ashley Graham.
Past features include The American Standards starring Golden Globe winners James Brolin and Joanna Cassidy, Left in Darkness produced by Stephen J. Cannell (The A-Team), and Crazylove starring Reiko Aylesworth (Hawaii 5-0, 24). He won Best Cinematography at the Fargo Film Festival for his work on his first feature, Hard Scrambled. Music videos include Cilver, Green Day, Perry Farrell, Steve Aoki and Rivers Cuomo, Sammy Hagar, Black Stone Cherry, Nickelback and many others. He has also directed a number of music videos. Matthew also received a commendation for his cinematography on the short film, Just Ask…which he co-wrote and co-produced with director Paul Lingas.
Matthew earned a BA in Literature from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television where he was awarded the John F. Seitz Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers. He is represented by the Mirisch Agency.
Paul Robert Lingas - Founder
A native of Portland, Oregon, Paul received a double BA in English Literature and Spanish at the University of Oregon before earning his MFA at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. His award winning film Wide Awake in Nothing has screened at numerous festivals worldwide and on the Independent Film Channel. He has produced, written and directed a number of other award winning films, many episodes of a web based sit-com, as well as a commercial for a New York based social media company. His screenwriting work includes original screenplays, as well as working as a freelance screenwriter, script doctor and editor. Paul has been commissioned to write and/or rewrite feature screenplays for a variety of production companies in Los Angeles, New York, London and Athens.
Paul continues to develop a number of feature film writing and directing projects including the upcoming psychological horror film The Hive, and the romantic comedy The Politics of Dating, the film that inspired his award winning short Just Ask... Current projects include the award winning Cold Water, an independent drama for which Paul was Director of Photography and the forthcoming sci-fi TV series Dystopia, which he co-wrote.
Paul also writes short and long narrative fiction and has written for two online music magazines, having interviewed Gary Busey, Rich Hil and Ray Davies, among others. In addition, Paul was a Professor of Critical Film Theory and History for five years at the New York Film Academy.
Paul is the Co-Writer and Executive Producer of the film Swing Away, starring Shannon Elizabeth(American Pie) and John O'Hurley(Seinfeld), currently available on VOD and DVD.