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Matt Harnack

Matt Harnack

Documentary Film and Video


California Native and self-proclaimed Eco-Geek, Matt Harnack uses his talents to tell inspiring stories about the environmental challenges. Matt received his Bachelors from UC Santa Barbara and Masters of Fine Art from Stanford University. In addition to his filmmaking experience he has worked as graphic artist, designing websites and posters. In 2006 Matt edited the feature documentary, The Shape of Water, directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and narrated by Susan Sarandon. During his time at Stanford he created three short films and crewed on many of his classmate's projects. His thesis, Fossil Fuel Free Film draws on themes explored in his other work in a highly personal and self reflexive mode of representation. 

Fossil Fuel Free Film 

hd video
JUNE, 2009

Powered by 100% renewable energy!  Well...almost.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Green Apple Award, Green Lifestyle Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2010
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Film Festival, 2009
GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival, Palo Alto, CA, 2010
Eco-Flicks, Palo Alto, CA, 2010

Used Matters 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2008

What happens to all the stuff we call waste...the used matter? Take a look at some fascinating people who answer this question.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Environmental Film, Marin County International Festival of Short Film and Video, 2009
Eco-Flicks, Palo Alto, CA, 2010

Pie from Scratch

digital video
Co-directed by Nilima Abrams
MARCH, 2008

Andy lives in the Mission District of San Francisco. He likes skateboarding and goes to community college. His favorite kind of pie is pumpkin, but not the kind from a can.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Eco-Flicks, Palo Alto, CA, 2010
Hearts and Minds Festival, 2008

Tick Tock 

16mm black and white film

Not long ago our relationship with time was as fixed as the rising and setting sun. But we tinkered and tested and found ways to control time. This short meditation on time questions representations of the natural world, examining what remains of the past.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cantor on Screen: Films by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013



June 13, 2009

Free and open to the public

June 10, 2008

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 18, 2008

Free and open to the public.

December 11, 2007

This event is free and open to the public.