Matt Smiley was born in Montreal, Quebec. Commencing his career as an actor, he garnered critical success with Kamataki (2005), a film directed by Claude Gagnon. After studying theater in France under acting coach Jack Waltzer (John Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Sigourney Weaver), he moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on Book and Film Development.
From 2007 to 2009, Smiley worked on LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) CEO Bernard Arnault’s biography as a writing collaborator and editor with Per-Henrik Mansson. He worked in film development for several years at 26DB Productions with French megastar Dany Boon (“Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis”), before branching out to produce “Rituals,” an Ashton Kutcher-executive produced web-series created by Mean Magazine founder Kashy Khaledi that streams on the Katalyst ThrashLab YouTube Channel.
Smiley subsequently directed Highway of Tears (2014 / Netflix Canada), a documentary film based on the missing women along Highway 16 in northern British Columbia (Executive Producer: Mary Teegee / Producers: Matt Smiley and Carly Pope). The documentary was narrated by TV Star Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) and with an original score composed and produced by Grammy-winners Danny Keyz and Chin Injeti. The film premiered in March 2014 at the TIFF Human Rights Watch Film Festival, won the Malibu Film Festival in Fall 2014. The film screened all over North America and has been picked up by various schools and Universities.
“Highway of Tears” was hosted by Marc Garneau at the Canadian Parliament, garnering national acclaim. Shedding light on the government’s treatment of aboriginal communities and the media’s disregard for their plight, “Highway of Tears” began screening to the general public in early 2015 and will continue through the Fall.
In Spring 2013, Smiley partook in an art exhibition with Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco and Jeff Wack. He also was a part of the HIRSCH NORTON SMILEY art show trio that same year with award-winning actor Emile Hirsch and music-video director Ace Norton.
Smiley starred in “Interference”, a European feature film. He also directed a music video for rock icon Marilyn Manson’s newest album, “The Pale Emperor.”
In October of 2016, Rattlestick West hosted an art exhibition during their annual 120 Hour Film Festival featuring James Franco, Scott Haze, Danny Minnick, Jeff Wack and Matt Smiley at The Three Clubs in Hollywood.
Smiley then hosted the TURNT ART Show in Los Angeles for over 800 guests in April of 2016. He most recently hosted an Art Exhibit for the 120 Hour Film Festival alongside fellow artists: James Franco, Jeff Wack, Danny Minnick and Punk Me Tender.
In 2017 recently participated in the UNICEF Next Gen Art Party and the LIFT Communities charity fundraiser auction at Neuehouse on May 10, with fellow artists, Ed Ruscha, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Danny Minnick, Sam Durant, Nicholas Pilato, Michael Muller, Sage Vaughn and Gary Baseman, helping raise over $300,000 for families to create a brighter future for their children.