Matthew Koshmrl

Matthew Koshmrl
Professional Title
Assistant Professor, Filmmaking

Matthew is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, cinematographer, and film festival director based in northern Minnesota. He received an MFA in film production from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, he received the Antarctic Service Medal from the United States congress for his work with the National Science Foundation documenting a paleontological expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Matthew personally focuses on cinema vérité documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes. His work has played at The Jeonju International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Full Frame, DocumentaMadrid, and True/False Film Festival.  

He is a strong proponent of film and media education and has been a faculty member at St. Edward's University, Austin Community College, the Austin School of Film, and is the director of community film education programs in Duluth, Chisholm, and Grand Rapids. Since 2017, he has worked with the US State Department as a peer mentor to fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which provides young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills in the USA. In 2018, he organized and taught a month-long film workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe through a State Department Reciprocal Exchange Grant.