Matthew Libatique

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

(1968-07-19) July 19, 1968 (age 50)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMatty Libatique
Alma materCal State Fullerton
AFI Conservatory
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1993–present
AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2001 Requiem for a Dream
2011 Black Swan

Matthew Libatique, 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 Libatique was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City,[2] to Filipino Americans Justiniano Libatique (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.[3]

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

Career[edit]

Libatique 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).

Libatique'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]

Libatique 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, Libatique was arrested in Poland for allegedly attacking paramedics and police at a hotel where he was said to be staggering. Labatique was attending 2018 Camerimage Film Festival at the time[4] He was released without being charged.

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
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 Films that have not yet been released Cathy Yan

Music videos[edit]

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. ^ "'A star is born' DP Matthew Labatique Arrested for Assault (Report) - Variety". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

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