Matthew Libatique

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Matthew Libatíque
Matthew Libatique 2011.jpg
Libatique in 2011
Born
Matthew Libatíque

(1968-07-19) July 19, 1968 (age 51)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMatty Libatíque
Alma materCalifornia State University
AFI Conservatory
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1993–present
AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2001 Requiem for a Dream
2011 Black Swan

Matthew Libatíque, ASC[1] (born July 19, 1968) is an American cinematographer who is known for his work with director Darren Aronofsky on the films Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), Black Swan (2010), Noah (2014) and Mother! (2017). He also shot Bradley Cooper's directorial debut film, A Star Is Born (2018), which received critical acclaim.

Early life and education[edit]

Matthew Libatíque was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City,[2] to Justiniano Libatíque (deceased) and Georgina Porter (who remarried an American).[3] Libatique became interested in photography when his father, an amateur photographer who worked at a film laboratory in New York, had gifted him a Nikon camera as a child. "He taught me the fundamentals of photography at an age when I didn't realize I would spend the rest of my life using them."[3] Libatique's father died when his son was 25 years old.[2] Although he resides in the United States, Libatique has said he is still proud of his Filipino heritage and can still speak and understand Tagalog. Libatíque is of French ancestry on his paternal side.[3]

He studied sociology and communications at California State University, Fullerton before earning a MFA in cinematography at AFI Conservatory.[4]

Career[edit]

Libatíque served as director of photography for music videos and teamed with fellow AFI alumnus Aronofsky for the short film Protozoa. The two collaborated on the first three of Aronofsky's feature films. Other frequent collaborators are Julie Dash (music videos including Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason"), Spike Lee (She Hate Me, Inside Man and Miracle at St. Anna), Joel Schumacher (Tigerland, Phone Booth and The Number 23), and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens).

Libatíque's notable films include blockbusters such as Iron Man and Iron Man 2. In 2010, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Black Swan, for which he won his second Independent Spirit award. He has also won best cinematography awards at the LA Film Critics Association, NY Film Critics Online, SF Film Critics, among many others.

Personal life[edit]

Libatíque has said he loves to "cook and eat Filipino food all the time", and considers pinakbet his favorite Filipino dish.[3]

On November 14, 2018, Libatíque was arrested in Poland for attacking paramedics and police at a hotel where he was staying. The attack was caught on video. His BAC was over 3 promilles. Libatíque was attending 2018 Camerimage Film Festival at the time. He was charged in the Bydgoszcz court.[5][6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1993 Protozoa Darren Aronofsky
1994 The Bedroom David Crabtree
1998 Pi Darren Aronofsky Nominated– Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2000 Requiem for a Dream Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Tigerland Joel Schumacher
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Harry Elfont
Deborah Kaplan
2002 Abandon Stephen Gaghan
Phone Booth Joel Schumacher
2003 Gothika Mathieu Kassovitz
2004 She Hate Me Spike Lee
Never Die Alone Ernest R. Dickerson
2005 Everything Is Illuminated Liev Schreiber
2006 Inside Man Spike Lee
The Fountain Darren Aronofsky Nominated– Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2007 The Number 23 Joel Schumacher
2008 Iron Man Jon Favreau
Miracle at St. Anna Spike Lee
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated– BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau
My Own Love Song Olivier Dahan
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Jon Favreau
2012 Ruby Sparks Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris
2014 Noah Darren Aronofsky
2015 Straight Outta Compton F. Gary Gray
Chi-Raq Spike Lee
2016 Money Monster Jodie Foster
Pelé: Birth of a Legend Jeff Zimbalist
Michael Zimbalist
2017 The Circle James Ponsoldt
Mother! Darren Aronofsky
2018 Venom Ruben Fleischer
A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated– Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated– Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2019 Native Son Rashid Johnson
2020 Birds of Prey Cathy Yan
2020 The Prom Films that have not yet been released Ryan Murphy Filming

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Director
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Tracy Chapman Julie Dash
"More Than One Way Home" Keb' Mo'
1997 "In My Bed" Dru Hill Darren Grant
"Otherside of the Game" Erykah Badu Erykah Badu
"Rapper's Delight" Def Squad Steve Carr
"Luv 2 Luv U" Timbaland & Magoo Darren Grant
"Anytime" Brian McKnight
"All a Dream" Big Mike Daniel Zirilli
1998 "Was It Something I Didn't Say" 98 Degrees Darren Grant
"Clock Strikes" Timbaland & Magoo Steve Carr
"No Worries" Hepcat Piper Ferguson
"Second Round K.O." Canibus Chris Robinson
"Westside" TQ Darren Grant
"The City Is Mine Jay-Z Steve Carr & Jay-Z
"What U See Is What U Get" Xzibit Gregory Dark
1999 "Can I Get A..." Jay-Z Steve Carr
"My Favorite Girl" Dave Hollister
"Just My Imagination" The Cranberries Phil Harder
"Aisha" Death in Vegas Terry Richardson
"Bodyrock" Moby Steve Carr
"Get in Line" Barenaked Ladies Phil Harder
"Ooh La La" The Wiseguys Scott Bibo
"Lobster & Shrimp" Timbaland featuring Jay-Z Steve Carr
"Apollo Kids" Ghostface Killah Chris Robinson & Ghostface Killah
2000 "Anything" Jay-Z Chris Robinson
"Dance Tonight" Lucy Pearl Darren Grant
"Got Beef" Tha Eastsidaz Chris Robinson
"Boyz-n-the-Hood" Dynamite Hack Evan Bernard
"Whatever" Ideal Darren Grant
"Stellar" Incubus Phil Harder
"New America" Bad Religion Evan Bernard
2001 "Fool" Mansun Phil Harder
"Mad Season" Matchbox 20
"The Trees" Pulp
"Save Me" Remy Zero
"Goodbye" Jagged Edge Forest Whitaker
"Hate in Yo Eyes" Mack 10 Bille Woodruff
2002 "Cold" Static-X Nathan Cox & Joe Hahn
"Symphony in X Major" Xzibit Joe Hahn
"Pitiful" Blindside Nathan Cox
"Dem Girlz" Oxide & Neutrino
2004 "alt.end" The Cure The Saline Project
"Taking Off" The Cure
2008 "The Lake" Muscles Jaron Albertin
2011 "The View" Lou Reed and Metallica Darren Aronofsky
2013 "Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z David Fincher
"Mirrors" Justin Timberlake Floria Sigismondi
2016 "Needed Me" Rihanna Harmony Korine

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The ASC Roster". American Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Neumaier, Joe (February 21, 2011). "Oscars 2011: 'Black Swan' cinematographer Matthew Libatique gave Natalie Portman film feminine feel". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Nepales, Ruben V. (February 28, 2011). "On eve of Oscars, Fil-Am wins". The Philippine Star.
  4. ^ http://www.afi.com/Conservatory/
  5. ^ Barraclough, Leo; Barraclough, Leo (November 14, 2018). "'A Star Is Born' Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Arrested for Assault". Variety. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "1:0 dla prawników Matthew Libatique'a. Sąd zwraca sprawę prokuraturze". bydgoszcz.wyborcza.pl. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Rappler.com. "Fil-Am cinematographer Matthew Libatique charged with assault". Rappler. Retrieved December 17, 2019.

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