Matthew was born in California and split his youth between the west coast and midwest.  While always having a passion for storytelling, and a great love for movies, it wasn't until a few years after high school that he found his way towards directing films. He majored in Screenwriting at Sierra Nevada College, graduating with honors in 2013, with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing

As an undergraduate, Matthew was President and co-founder of the Creative Writing Club at SNC. He was a Senior Fiction Editor for the Sierra Nevada Review, and received a Who's Who Among Students Award. 

Having just finished his final year at Chapman University's Dodge College, he received an M.F.A. in Film Production, with an emphasis in Directing.