A PINT WITH: Matt Gallagher

Windsor native Matt Gallagher is an incredibly prolific filmmaker with over 15 years of experience and a particular interest in documentary filmmaking. Gallagher has premiered movies at Hot Docs, the Canadian international documentary film festival, has worked with TVO, the National Film Board of Canada and History Television.

Matt Gallagher on set of his latest documentary, Grinders • photo courtesy TVO Matt Gallagher on set of his latest documentary, Grinders • photo courtesy TVO

Sara Howie
ARTS EDITOR

Windsor native Matt Gallagher is an incredibly prolific filmmaker with over 15 years of experience and a particular interest in documentary filmmaking. Gallagher has premiered movies at Hot Docs, the Canadian international documentary film festival, has worked with TVO, the National Film Board of Canada and History Television. He has won awards at Hot Docs including Best Short Documentary for his first documentary, Cass, as well as Best of the Festival at the Yorktown Film Festival. Gallagher sports an incredibly diverse career with one-off documentaries about the World War I to productions about the recession.

The Lance caught up with Gallagher during a filming stint in Windsor to talk about some recent projects.

Sara Howie: What have you been up to recently?

MATT GALLAGHER: I did this documentary called Grinders, which is about these poker players that call themselves Grinders that play poker for a living in underground bars and clubs in Toronto.

SH: Why are you currently in Windsor?

MG: I’m from Windsor, I’m a Windsor native, I went to the University of Windsor for [communication] studies. Right after I graduated, I got a job at CBC television, went to Halifax for five years and started making documentaries after that. I have a lot of family here too. But I have a friend who called me about a month ago, and told me he had a really interesting story to tell. He told me it was about this Windsor artist who he’s been talking to and wanted to do a story on. So he asked me to grab my equipment and come down.

SH: Who’s the artist?

MG: His name is Mauro (Mavrinac), he’s a little older … and worried about his future. He’s this incredibly prolific artist who’s decided he wants to explore his art and do a lot of different films.

SH: Is there a certain subject that really interests you when you do documentaries?

MG: Well documentaries, I always look for some sort of obsession. I mean obsession is something that’s really interesting to film. And you always look for some subject or someone who’s going through some sort of life changing struggle. Conflict makes up for the best sort of struggle, so I always look for that.

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