Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson

Cambria MatlowBiography: Cambria Matlow is a filmmaker and photographer. As a film director and producer, she has won funding from the Experimental Television Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and LEF Foundation. In 2005, she co-founded Birdgirl Productions, whose projects include the award-winning feature documentary Burning in the Sun, about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa. The film, which Cambria co-directed and coproduced, was selected for IFP’s 2008 Documentary Rough Cut Lab as well as Independent Film Week’s ‘Spotlight on Docs’ section. After showing as an official selection in over 30 international film festivals, in 2012 the film premiered on PBS World’s AfroPop series and won the prestigious Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin. Cambria has also worked in development and production with social issue media organization Arts Engine on the documentary feature films Nicaragua Dreaming and Pushing The Elephant, which showed on PBS. As a film distributor, Cambria worked for two years with Film Movement, where in her role as manager of non-theatrical programming she led nationwide distribution and outreach efforts for international and American independent films, including notable award winners Munyurangabo, Lake Tahoe and Alamar. She also crossed over into film exhibition, serving as the Filmmaker Liaison at the 2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and running a monthly community film series at the Alma Education and Movement Space in Portland. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Morgan RobinsonBiography: Morgan Robinson is a producer at Punched in the Head Productions, an Emmy-winning documentary film production company based in Brooklyn. Morgan has produced True Life: I’m Addicted to Marijuana and True Life: I’m Being Sent Away by my Parents. He was an associate producer on three other True Life episodes: I’m Homeschooled, I’m a Fanboy and I Can’t Sleep. Morgan has field-produced various ads and educational projects, as well as documentaries for filmmaker John Halpern in Mexico and Kashmir. Inspired by his work on Burning in the Sun, Morgan is fascinated by stories where global and environmental trends meet the deeply personal lives of individuals within their communities. Morgan Robinson began his filmmaking career in the production department for Spike Lee’s He Got Game and Summer of Sam. He attended the New York Film Academy and his narrative short Catabasis won first prize at the Dominique Dunne Memorial Film Festival and a Golden Apple at the National Educational Media Network Film Festival. Morgan assisted filmmaker John Halpern shooting and producing his documentary film Anger on location in Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Subsequently Morgan took on the project of co-directing and photographing Burning in the Sun, and has been working on every aspect of this film since 2005. In addition he has produced the promotional video Ji Duma: Bring Them Water, as well as a narrative short, Hands and a documentary short, The Domino Project. Morgan produced and photographed John Halpern’s documentary Once Paradise on location in Kashmir, India. An associate producer at Punched in the Head Productions, he made the Emmy-winning show True Life for MTV. Morgan studied religion at Columbia University and speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Burning in the Sun (2010).

Catabasis (Date unknown – Morgan Robinson);
Chapstick (2003 – Cambria Matlow);
The Sacred Clown (2005 – Cambria Matlow);
Let’s Do Lunch (2006 – Cambria Matlow);
Burning in the Sun (2010).