Matt Tyrnauer

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Matt Tyrnauer is an American film director and a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. He directed the documentary feature Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009), which was short listed for an Oscar Nomination in 2010.[1]


Tyrnauer was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, a college preparatory school in the city of Santa Monica in Los Angeles County in California, followed by the Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college in the city of Middletown in Middlesex County in the State of Connecticut, in the United States.


Tyrnauer is also a writer. He first wrote for Spy magazine. Graydon Carter, the co-founder of Spy, later hired Tyrnauer to write for the New York Observer. 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.[2][3][4]Additionally, he has written stories on Martha Stewart, Siegfried & Roy, Frank Gehry, and Merv Griffin. In 2007, art book publisher Taschen released a commemorative, signed book on fashion designer Valentino Garavani featuring interviews and archival material assembled by Tyrnauer.[5]

Tyrnauer's first feature Valentino: The Last Emperor 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.[6] His latest film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was made with the support of the Ford, Rockefeller, and Knight Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.[7]


Personal life[edit]

Tyrnauer's 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, which his father produced.[10]
He lives in Los Angeles, California.