Matthew Sarnecki

Matt Sarnecki is a video producer based in Eastern Europe. He also files stories on occasion and takes photographs.

He has produced documentary series featured in Powder Magazine and VICE. His work has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle Online, The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Juxtapoz Magazine and the Huffington Post.

Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history at Columbia University in 2004, and a Master of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 2013. He received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and Television Academy (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic in 2006-7.

Matt is currently a staff video producer for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.


UC Berkeley
August 2011 - June 2013
Master of Journalism: Multimedia (Concentration)
Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
September 2006 - May 2007
Two-semester visiting Fulbright Scholar in film theory and production.
Columbia University
September 2000 - May 2004
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science, History (Concentration)

Published Stories:

Romanians Take To Streets Against Corruption
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
PRINT. Thousands marched in Bucharest and several other Romanian cities on Sunday to protest a plan to open the largest open pit gold mine in Europe in Romania.
The Town: The Rise, Fall and Redevelopment of Mammoth Lakes
Powder Magazine
VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA. A four-part online documentary, "The Town" follows the rise, fall, and redevelopment of Mammoth Lakes, California.
ACT’s Downtown Theater Begins in the Mission
Mission Local
PRINT. From productions such as Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” in 1975 to Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” and “Play,” which open in May, this is where sets are fabricated and decorated and props constructed and stored. Theater is made here.
Maximum Capacity Means Nada at Popular Bars
Mission Local
PRINT. A fire hazard? Yes. But don’t expect the Fire Department to clamp down on such violations.
SF2G: San Francisco to Google on Bike
Mission Local
PRINT. Outside Ritual Coffee on a dawn more rain than mist, 40 or so spandex-clad cyclists standing under the damp glow of streetlamps finish the last of their coffees.
MIssion Lomography Crawl
Mission Local
PHOTO. Mission Loc@l joined other participants Sunday on a Mission photowalk sponsored by the Lomographic Society and Photobooth. Professionals and amateurs alike experimented with mostly lomographic cameras — characterized by their low-fi, unpredictable aesthetic.
Mission Bears Take Turkey Bowl Championship
Mission Local
PRINT. The Mission High School Bears made history Thanksgiving morning, triumphing over the Washington High Eagles in a remarkable 12-7 victory to claim their first San Francisco Academic Athletic Association championship in 57 years.
Saison: Two Michelin Stars and the Lifelong Pursuit
MIssion Local
VIDEO. Joshua Skenes, executive chef and owner of Saison on Folsom Street, discusses his restaurant and food philosophy.
Community Music Center's 90th Birthday Bash
Mission Local
VIDEO. On Saturday, the Community Music Center on Capp Street celebrated its 90th birthday with live music performances and a host of interactive activities. It’s a place where thousands of San Francisco residents have learned how to sing, play an instrument and listen to good music.
In the Mission, (:
Mission Local
PRINT. In the Mission, at start-ups and equally tech-heavy cafes, locals weighed in on Wednesday’s news that Steve Jobs had died of complications from pancreatic cancer. While the outpouring of sympathy was shared among many residents, perhaps it was felt most in the local start-up scene that Apple helped inspire.
In the Mission, Start-Ups Feast
Mission Local
PRINT. Mission Local investigates where Mission start-ups fare in the gastronomic tech universe.
In Canarsie, Street Art Shows Its Softer Side,
VIDEO. In the summer of 2010, the Canarsie Educational Campus in Brooklyn, New York, invited a collection of 14 artists, mostly street and former graffiti artists, to help beautify and reinvigorate the school in a permanent mural installation.
SoundCloud in the Mission to Unmute the Web
Mission Local
PRINT. SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio sharing platform, arrives in the Mission.
Rock Under The Red Flag, Parts 1-6
VIDEO. Rock Under The Red Flag (RUTRF) chronicles the Birthday Boyz, an NYC rock band, during their music tour deep into the Chinese underground music scene.


Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) (August 2006)

Work Experience:

Video Producer
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project  ( September 2013 -  )
Video Producer
Post Production Producer
Young & Rubicam  - New York NY  ( January 2010 - May 2011 )
Hired and managed project-based postproduction staff, oversaw budgets and supervised content for the postproduction of broadcast documentaries and commercials. Filmed on-location broadcast documentary content and interviews; Assistant edited select broadcast commercials; Edited online promotional content.
Audio/Video Coordinator
Young & Rubicam  - New York NY  ( September 2008 - December 2010 )
Coordinated audio-video offline jobs; Filmed promotional interviews; Created and authored assembly reels; Edited internal promotional material.
Contributing Producer/Director (VICE)  - Brooklyn NY  ( October 2007 - August 2008 )
Wrote, directed, co-produced, filmed and co-edited “Rock under the Red Flag,” a six-part documentary series about the Chinese underground music scene.
Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU)
Fulbright  - Prague None  ( September 2006 - May 2007 )
Assisted directors Henry Hills and Pavel Marek on their respective film projects and FAMU seminars. Duties included assistant editing, developing student scripts, providing production support for student productions, writing course syllabi and grading course work.
Peace Corps Volunteer
Peace Corps  - Cluj-Napoca None  ( May 2004 - June 2006 )
In conjunction with a secondary school, taught journalism, British literature, and drama; Launched and edited a school newspaper; Directed an award winning student play that premiered at the 2006 Cluj-Napoca International Drama Festival. Created the Casa Tranzit Film Society and held weekly citywide seminars/screenings in American cinema at the Tranzit House synagogue space.


  • Proficient Producing/Editing Content for Broadcast and Online Workflows.

    Expert in Final Cut Pro 7.

    Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress.

    Functional in After Effects, Color, Pro Tools, Avid, Final Cut Pro X.

    Proficient with Panasonic HVX/HPX (own HPX-170), Sony EX-1 and Canon DSLR cameras.

    Proficient in Romanian.

Other Works:

"Head to Head: Wayne County vs. West Jones” 12 Episode Documentary Series (2010) Post Supervisor, Camera, Assistant Editor (Episodes 11-12) Broadcast nationally on Fox Sports West and MSG+.

"Rock Under The Red Flag" Writer, Director, Co-producer, Camera, Co-editor. Official Selection, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Hot Springs, Arkansas. Official Selection, Levante International Film Festival. Bari, Italy