Matthieu Silberstein is at a stage in his career where his biography should still be written in the first person! 🙂
After receiving a film degree from La Sorbonne, I won a scholarship to study at NYU for a summer. There, I met an American girl. Long story short: she moved to Paris, we moved to LA, and we now live in New York with a couple of kids.
Paris is where my roots are anchored. It’s where I learned how to walk, talk and write. It’s where I discovered in the small movie theaters of the Latin Quarter the films of Chaplin, Lubitsch, Capra, Mankiewicz, Kubrick… And in bigger ones those of Spielberg, Mendes, Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Burton, Nolan, Luhrmann, Fincher… The streets and cafés of Paris were my first sets.
New York is where I learned how to walk for a second time. It’s where I learned to really look at the world around me and frame it, where I learned how to fall in love, where I felt free like never before.
Los Angeles is where I learned to see and think bigger (I guess that’s what California does to you!) and therefore, where I learned how to write for a second time.
I live in New York now. It’s hard to find time to go see movies at the theater when you have young children (and there’s a global pandemic), so my flat screen TV is where I’m now discovering the films and TV series of Iñàrritu, Chazelle, Vallée, Carney, Villeneuve… and always listening to the words of Sorkin.
With 5 short films under my belt, I’ve participated in more than a dozen film festivals on both continents (most recently Burbank, St Louis and Montclair) My last three scripts placed in the top 15% at the Austin Screenplay Competition, for which I’m now a reader. I was also a finalist at the Abrams Agency’s Catalyst Script Competition in 2019. My essays have been featured on Fatherly and Medium.
Fun fact: Before creating “The Adventures of Theo’s Star” I had never drawn anything in my life.
Here’s my email: firstname.lastname@example.org