Hey, I'm Matthew!

Lakeland, Florida

Matthew Herbertz is an award-winning filmmaker from Indianapolis, IN.  He received his undergraduate degree in TV/Film from DeSales University and went on to receive his MFA in Film and Video Production at Ohio University. He is the co-founder of the independent production company, Kiltered Productions, with friend and artistic collaborator, Ross Morin. 


Matthew has written and directed narrative, documentary, and experimental short films that have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. In addition to his work as an independent filmmaker, Matthew has worked as a cinematographer, assistant director, producer, and gaffer on a number of short and feature films. His short film, Relax (2018), began its tour on the film festival circuit in spring 2018 and screened at 17 festivals around the world, including the DC Independent Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL. Matthew's most recent short, My Florida Home (2019), has screened at 9 festivals and is still in consideration for many festivals around the world. 


Matthew lives in Lakeland, Florida where he works as an active independent filmmaker and a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Florida Southern College teaching film and video production and studies. He has taught film and video production courses in cinematography, editing, sound, lighting, producing and screenwriting, as well as the art of storytelling and visual communication. Matthew's film theory courses tend to focus on the topics of representation of gender, violence, and religion in cinema and television. 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

¡Come! short film

Lakeland, Florida Short
Drama, Teen

Set in Florida, a 12 year old Puerto Rican girl’s perspective on her culture changes when she brings a popular dessert dish, Arroz con Leche


This project got the green light!

Home of Three

Chicago, Illinois Short
Drama, Family

After the discovery of his father’s affair, 11-year-old Quan starts to question the strength of his parents’ marriage.


This project got the green light!

VR Food

New York City, New York Short
Comedy, Horror

Unstable inventors stalk a filmmaker, after mistaking an art film, 'VR Food,' as a deadly rival.


This project got the green light!

My Florida Home

Lakeland, Florida Short
Drama, Thriller

An estranged daughter travels back to her florida hometown to confront her elderly mother's suspicious caregiver.


This project got the green light!

Sam and Pat Are Depressed... season 2!

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Depressed roommates Sam and Pat navigate living with mental illness through dark humor, profanity, and takeout.


This project got the green light!

Tell My Family I Love Them

Kansas City, Missouri Short
Drama, Comedy

A high school athlete must confront his immature ways and tense relationships in the midst of an untimely family tragedy.


This project got the green light!

Trapped in the Booth

New York City, New York Short
Comedy, Music

On the eve of his 30th birthday, a struggling gay DJ faces a life-altering crisis as he attempts to navigate bros & hoes New York Nightlife


This project got the green light!

Moderately Put Together

Los Angeles, California Short

A charmingly messy, thirty something comes face to face with reality when she learns that both her biological parents are looking for her.


This project got the green light!

Sinked Up

Los Angeles, California Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

Two women started as roommates. Then they fell in love. A story told from behind the bathroom door.


This project got the green light!

The Apple Tree

Portland, Oregon Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A closeted high school football player is forced to volunteer at a retirement community after getting in trouble with the law, where he form


This project got the green light!

The Yellow Wallpaper Feature Film

Stockton, California Feature

Trapped in her solitude and held captive by her husband, Jane descends into a deepening depression as the walls close in around her.


This project got the green light!


New York City, New York Feature
Horror, Thriller

While passing through a small town, a modern-day witch must fight her way through a cult of men to find a young woman who’s disappeared.


This project got the green light!

Good Girl

Los Angeles, California Short
Drama, Teen

A Latina teenager faces harsh realities and smashed hopes when she attends a party under false pretenses.


This project got the green light!

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