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What In The World Is Matty Rich Up To? Think Gaming & Film Adaptations Of Games (Video)

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 4, 2012 6:08 PM
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It's been almost 20 years since The Inkwell, his last feature film (time flies doesn't it), and the public feud between Matty Rich his and his fellow African American filmmaker, one Mr Spike Lee (Spike once referred to him as "Matty Poor" some time after Inkwell's less than ideal box office); I'm sometimes asked if I'm aware of Matty's whereabouts, what he's been up to over the years, and what his doing currently.

Well... here's your answer.

As I believe I noted in a past post on this site, at 41 years old (he'll be 42 in November) the man's gotten heavily into video game production, running his own gaming company in LA (Matty Rich Games), with plans to eventually exploit Hollywood's interest in adapting video games to film.

Essentially, while he clearly loves gaming, his interest in that medium is two-fold, in that he also sees it as a potential entryway, or I should say re-entryway back into the world of filmmaking.

So if you've been wondering what the heck Matty's up to, you should watch this interview which was recorded at the [a]List Game Marketing Summit in San Francisco in February of this year.

Matty Rich Exclusive Interview at The A-List Summit
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  • Micah | April 5, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    Like Dubois I'm glad that he hasn't let setbacks crush him and is moving forward. Accidentalvistor makes a good point though. I think this article will shed more light on the problems surrounding the inkwell.,,302010,00.html

  • DuBois | April 5, 2012 7:58 AMReply

    Good for Matty for hanging in there. Hopefully this is a sign he's learned from his mistakes in the past (as we all should).

  • Emmanuel | April 5, 2012 6:33 AMReply

    Another reminder of how Spike Lee has always been a hater, instead of working with, and helping a fellow minority filmmaker.

  • Macuffin | April 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    You have no clue what you're talking about. Several of the black filmmakers profiled on this sight got there first job/opportunity/film because of Spike.

  • Micah | April 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    You might have a slightly different view on the situation if you read more about Matty Rich at the time. Spike's a firebrand but Matty had his own issues.

  • writer | April 5, 2012 1:25 PM

    Not true. Spike has helped many minority filmmakers. Key word, filmmakers.

    When Matty burst on the scene he was running about yelling about how he was proud that he never studied film and then slammed Spike. God forbid a black person would want to treat film like a craft, skill, etc.

    The screenwriter of the Inkwell was Trey Ellis (based on his experiences going to the Vineyard) and he changed his name on the film when Disney picked Matty to direct.

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 4, 2012 10:52 PMReply

    Hopefully Rich will never return to film. He was horrible. What he did to the Inkwell...::shaking my head::. The guy couldn't relate to the careers and lifestyles of the main protagonists so he made them, what was it, garbage men or something? The author of that book was disappointed with Rich's take on the story and I can't blame him.

  • Micah | April 5, 2012 1:26 PM

    I can understand Trey Ellis's (the screenwriter who is also a novelist) frustration with the film also. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it when I saw it. It's just that Matty Rich's views on what authentic blackness is damaged what was a much better story. Matty Rich is a talented director and it's a shame it took him so long to find his footing again. I'm sure he's grown since then.

  • Nosy Blogger | April 5, 2012 11:34 AM

    Hi Spike...we know it's you. LOL

  • Patty cake | April 5, 2012 3:41 AM

    Pathetic mean spirited post.

  • Clayton | April 4, 2012 9:04 PMReply

    Video game production? I definitely want to get into that myself, seriously. Okay now. Brooklyn stand up...

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