Matt Tyrnauer

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Matt Tyrnauer
Occupation(s)Film director, journalist

Matt Tyrnauer is an American film director. He directed the documentary feature Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009), which was short listed for an Oscar nomination in 2010,[1] Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016), the Emmy nominated, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017), the 2018 documentary Studio 54 detailing New York's famed Studio 54 nightclub, Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019),[2] and the Showtime four-part series, The Reagans (2020).[3] Tyrnauer also developed, and executive produced, with producing partner Corey Reeser, the docuseries Home, directing its Hong Kong episode, about the Gary Chang's Domestic Transformer home. The nine-part series premiered on Apple TV Plus in April 2020.[4] Currently, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is being adapted as a narrative film, with Tyrnauer and Reeser producing, Luca Guadagnino directing and Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg writing the script.[5] Tyrnauer has been Editor-At-Large and Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, where he has contributed many feature articles.


Tyrnauer was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, a college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California, followed by Wesleyan University.


Tyrnauer is also a writer. He first wrote for Spy magazine. Graydon Carter, the co-founder of Spy, later hired Tyrnauer to write for Vanity Fair. He currently writes for Vanity Fair, where he has written many feature stories. Tyrnauer's feature story, "Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills," which appeared in the March 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, won the best magazine feature of 2011 from the Deadline Club. It is currently being adapted into a feature film for HBO.[6][7][8] Additionally, he has written stories on Martha Stewart, Siegfried & Roy, Frank Gehry, Merv Griffin, and Gore Vidal.[9] In 2007, art book publisher Taschen released a commemorative, signed book on fashion designer Valentino Garavani featuring interviews conducted by and archival material assembled by Tyrnauer.[10]

In addition to Valentino: An Extraordinary Story, Tyrnauer also wrote the foreword or contributed to the books Bottega Veneta by Tomas Maier,[11] Theater of Shopping by Alastair Gordon,[12] the anthology Commune: Designed In California,[13] and Design Commune.[14] In 2016, Rizzoli published the monograph Francesco Vezzoli, on the work and career of the Italian artist. Tyrnauer contributed an essay to the book, analyzing Vezzoli's exhibition and short film, Trailer for the Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula.[15] Tyrnauer also appears in the film Best of Enemies (2015 film),[16] about the Vidal-Buckley debates on ABC News in 1968. He was interviewed as a friend of Vidal's, as well as editor of a half dozen of Vidal's essays, which appeared in Vanity Fair, and Vidal's celebrated anthologies, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia, and The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal.

Tyrnauer's first feature Valentino: The Last Emperor premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, and won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival and the Capri Documentary Award at the 2009 Capri Hollywood International Film Festival.[17] His Citizen Jane: Battle for the City premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Studio 54 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as did Where's My Roy Cohn?[18][19] He is the co-founder, with his producing partner, Corey Reeser, of Altimeter Films.

Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Studio 54 and Where's my Roy Cohn? were each the top-grossing films at the specialty box office for the week of their theatrical premieres.[citation needed]

Tyrnauer has been the recipient of grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, and Knight Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.[20]


Personal life[edit]

Tyrnauer's step-father, Robert Van Scoyk, was a successful TV writer and producer, responsible for scripting some of the best-known programs on TV, such as Columbo, The Virginian and Murder, She Wrote.[25]

He lives in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ "Latest Academy News". September 10, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "The REAGANS: Documentary series on Ronald and NANCY Reagan: Official Series Site: SHOWTIME". Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "New documentary series "Home" to premiere April 17 on Apple TV+". Apple.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 29, 2020). "Searchlight Sets Luca Guadagnino To Helm, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg To Script Adaptation Of Gay Hustler Docu 'Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Matt Tyrnauer - HuffPost". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Matt Tyrnauer". Panache Privée. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 22, 2012). "HBO, 'Valentino' Helmer Matt Tyrnauer Plan Pic On Socialite Wife Of Johnny Carson's Producer Freddie De Cordova". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gore Vidal's Years in Italy: "A Wonderful Place to Observe the End of the World"". Vanity Fair. 3 August 2012.
  10. ^ TASCHEN. "Matt Tyrnauer. TASCHEN Books (Search)". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Tyrnauer, Matt. "Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration - Rizzoli New York".
  12. ^ "Theater of Shopping: The Story of Stanley Whitman's Bal Harbour Shops|Hardcover". Barnes & Noble.
  13. ^ Alonso, Roman; Johanknecht, Steven; Shamshiri, Pamela; Shamshiri, Ramin (14 October 2014). Commune Designed in California. ISBN 9781419709630 – via
  14. ^ "The Southland by Matt Tyrnauer". Retrieved November 20, 2020..
  15. ^ "Shop - Francesco Vezzoli - Catalogue".
  16. ^ Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal at IMDb
  17. ^ Awards for Matt Tyrnauer at IMDb Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  18. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 30, 2017). "Joan Jett, M.I.A., Studio 54 Docs Among Films Premiering at 2018 Sundance Film Festival". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  19. ^ Roxborough, Scott; Siegel, Tatiana (January 28, 2019). "Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Snaps Up 'Where's My Roy Cohn'?'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  20. ^ "Tyrnauer addresses urbanism with "Citizen Jane"". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  21. ^ "Cannes: Two Hot Hollywood-Themed Docs to Get Sneak Screenings (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 May 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  22. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 2, 2016). "Studio 54 Docu In Works From 'Valentino' Helmer & 'Listen To Me Marlon' Producer". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  23. ^ Hoffman, Jordan (January 27, 2019). "Where's my Roy Cohn? review – damning documentary on villainous lawyer". The Guardian – via
  24. ^ ""Where's My Roy Cohn?": Film Explores How Joseph McCarthy's Ex-Aide Mentored Trump & Roger Stone". Democracy Now!.
  25. ^ "Matt Tyrnauer - HuffPost". Retrieved November 18, 2017.

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