MATTHEW ROE - Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Heaven's Fire Media (2007-Present)
Matthew Roe has contributed to over a hundred productions for film, video, television, and online. He is a published film critic and theorist.
Matthew Roe started his career at the Community Media Center in Carroll County, MD. At 17, commissioned by the Carroll County Local Management Board to attend the South-East Civil Rights Historical and Education Tour, he created the experimental documentary on modern civil rights, Fighting for Life, featuring Dr. Bernard Lafayette and SCLC President Charles Steele Jr. While producing content for Channel 19 from 2007-2013, he was awarded the 2008 and 2012 Vollie Awards for Best Programing for/by Youth for the short films Remedy (2007), and Follies of Youth (2011). His first feature Stallions & Mules (2009) was nominated for the 2010 Vollie Award for Best Entertainment Production.
While completing an Associates of the Arts Degree from Carroll Community College, Roe created his controversial feature-length satirical comedy Suburban Children (2010), which was awarded an Honorable Mention in Experimental Film at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Upon his acceptance into the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Roe wrote film/art critiques for UMBC’s The Retriever Weekly, and created the online movie review series Cinema Historia, on blip.tv. He would also meet his mentor, avant-garde film director Miguel Coyula, during this time. Coyula’s Red Cockroaches (2003) and Memorias del desarrollo (2010) had lasting and profound impacts on Roe’s subsequent filmography.
While attending UMBC, his short film Angels Carrying Savage Weapons (2011) was accepted into the university’s 2012 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day for its meritorious depiction of relationship abuse, also receiving a nomination for the 2012 Vollie Award for Best Narrative Short. His short film The Black Meat (2012), inspired by and based on select routines of William S. Burroughs, was an official selection into RAWArtists’ Baltimore expo ELEVATION and the 2nd Annual Best of Baltimore Student Film Festival. This film has also been used as an example in Master’s level psychology courses for its depiction of opioid addiction. His final film during this period was his melodrama Chapters (2013), which was screened at the historic Charles Theater in Baltimore City as an official selection of the 2013 Lightstruck Film & Animation Festival.
Since then, Matthew Roe has created and hosts webseries devoted to film critique, theory and lampooning (among which are Anime Academia and ShitFlix), and in 2014, directed an unofficial feature-length adapation of Jean-Paul Sartre's play Huis Clos (No Exit). He currently serves as Teaching Artist and Digital Studio Assistant for Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. He guest lectures on film technique, offers freelance videography and digital editing services, and continues directing, writing and producing films.