Matt is responsible for the creative direction of all things at Revelator. He is the lead creative on all Revelator projects, which involves directing video content and providing script support for many of our clients. Matt earned an MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been directing television commercials, films and corporate projects for over a decade. His advertising work includes projects for clients like Capital One, IBM, Dell and Samsung, and his work has received various advertising accolades, including multiple Addy and Telly awards. Matt is also an award-winning film and music-video director, whose work has screened internationally. His first feature-film, Thank You A Lot, premiered at SXSW 2014. The film has been picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures, and is now available in over 100 million homes through VOD and iTunes.
Carlyn operates as a creative writer and director at Revelator. She studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and finished her film degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Caryln’s latest short film, NICE ASS, premiered at SXSW 2018, and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. Carlyn is also the writer/director of the critically-acclaimed 2017 feature film THE BIG SPOON. Carlyn is one of the talents selected as a segment director for the SLACKER: 20 YEARS LATER remake, and field produced the Richard Linklater-directed UP TO SPEED series for Hulu. She also co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS (Sundance 2013) and was the casting director for his latest effort, RESULTS (Magnolia Pictures). Carlyn has directed short films that have premiered at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, LA Comedy Shorts, and was a part of the 2012 Texas Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles. She also programs the popular indie film series Cinema East, and was one of Austin Monthly’s 20 in their 20s.
Miguel Alvarez is an Austin-based filmmaker who has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his short films Tadpoles, Veterans, KID, and Mnemosyne Rising. He was selected as a Screenwriting Fellow for the 2013 Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance for his feature screenplay, La Perdida. His most recent project, the short film Atlantic City, was recently premiered at Aspen ShortsFest, and was chosen for the inaugural Kodak + Kickstarter Film Initiative. His short documentary, The Giant Still Sleeps, recently premiered on PBS and Washington Post Online. Miguel holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin, where he continues to lecture today.
Erica Silverman is a director and cinematographer who loves to travel for her work, but calls Austin, Texas her home. She has a gift for storytelling that is present in her films , commercials, and music videos, with specific praise for her unique sense of narration and voice. Rolling Stone recently premiered her posthumous Gregg Allman music video for the Jackson-Brown penned “Song for Adam.” Her Robert Ellis music video “California” saw its debut at the SXSW Film Festival and made Rolling Stone’s top ten country music videos of 2016. Trivia Time: The video even got a cameo on ABC’s hit show “Nashville” when the main character is scouring the internet for video directors and is taken aback(!) upon discovering Erica’s work. Her recent film “Lovable” made a successful festival run with stops at HollyShorts and Denver Film Festival, and has since been distributed worldwide. Despite her success as a filmmaker Erica still spends much of her time writing and dreaming up new stories and ideas. She is only satisfied when she is using her talents to create work imbued with meaning. She brings that sense of passion and purpose to everything she does.
Jake is an Austin-based director who specializes in visually compelling commercials, branded content and narrative films. He loves all things character, and leveraging his background in design, he uses line and color to create careful cinematic compositions. He studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design and film production at Montana State University. His most recent short film, Pet World, premiered at LA Shorts Fest and was programmed at Burbank International Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival and Twin Cities Film Festival among others. Before moving to Austin, Jake worked in New York City as a motion graphics designer for clients including FUSE, College Humor, Intel and Discovery Networks. Jake is also an avid musician, and enjoys composing and collaborating on the music tracks for his productions.
Jonn is a California-based writer and director with an extensive background working in the contemporary art world. His work has been exhibited nationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Telluride Film Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and internationally at the Den Frie Contemporary Art Center and most recently at Sydhavn Train Station in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has won two Golden Gate Awards for his film work at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and was included as in artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His commercial experience includes creating films and campaigns for brands such as Nike and Levi’s. When he isn’t directing, he can usually be found working on his international publication THE THING Quarterly, or lecturing at the San Francisco Art Institute. Fun Fact: Jonn used to be a train robber. True story! Ask him about it sometime.
Drew hangs his hat as a filmmaker and cinematographer at Revelator. A Montana native at heart, Drew is a recipient of the IFP Documentary Spotlight in 2014 and Tribeca Film Institute’s Documentary Grant for his most recent feature documentary, THE SENSITIVES. His award-winning documentary short, WESTERN BROTHER’S ADVENTURE STORY, has screened internationally and is used by youth education programs such as The Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles and the Vimeo Video School. Drew also shoots documentary, narrative, and commercial projects as a cinematographer, and his projects have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and AFI Docs, among others. He’s been fortunate to have shot in Tibet, Taiwan, and throughout Europe and the United States, and has recently contributed footage for Terrence Malick’s upcoming documentary, VOYAGE OF TIME.