Underground Film Journal

Matt McCormick

Matt McCormick is an American independent filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon who works in a variety of formats, including experimental documentary, music video and fictional narrative.

McCormick's films are typically observations about man's loss of individual humanity within the urban landscape. Of his short experimental documentary work, his most-noted film is 2001's The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, a satirical piece that treats city workers' efforts to remove graffiti as the creation of a new art form.

As of this writing, he has directed just one feature-length film, the fictional narrative Some Days Are Better Than Others, which stars musician Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer.

In addition to his own filmmaking, McCormick also founded the Peripheral Produce video distribution company to release other filmmakers' efforts. Plus, he also created the PDX Film Festival that ran in Portland from 2001 to 2009.

Learn more about this filmmaker at his website.

Watch Streaming Films By Matt McCormick:


The Great Northwest (2012)
Some Days Are Better Than Others (2010)
Broken Bells/The Ghost Inside (2010) (with Bryan Boyce)
Eluvium: The Motion Makes Me Last (2010)
Future So Bright (2010)
Light Tiger Eye (2008)
The Problem With Machines That Communicate (2008)
The Shins: Australia (2007)
It Was a Crushing Defeat (2007)
Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops (2007)
Arthur & Yu: Afterglow (2007)
Yacht: See a Penny (Pick It Up) (2007)
A Message From the Leader (3x) (2006)
Sleater-Kinney: Jumpers (2005)
Towlines (2004)
The Shins: The Past and Pending (2003) (with Greg Brown)
American Nutria (2003)
Going to the Ocean (2003)
The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (2001)
The Vyrotonin Decision (1999)
Scared of Chaka: All My Friends Are Ghosts (1999)
Sincerely, Joe P. Bear (1999)


Streaming: Buzz One Four

Filmmaker Matt McCormick recounts the story of how his grandfather — a B-52 bomber pilot — almost accidentally blew up the entire U.S. Eastern seaboard in a nuclear holocaust. Features an amazing amount of military archival footage and personal home movies of the McCormick family.