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Matt Dillon: The Art Of Music And Film

Interviewed by Steve Blame

Sessions / Keynote, Interview / music.brands.(e)motion / Basic


Well known for his ground breaking acting in some of your favourite movies, we are super excited to reveal the musical side of Hollywood star Matt Dillon. From acting to directing, from collecting rare and hard to find latin records to music supervising his projects, Matt Dillon combines his talent for play acting with a true passion for music.

Matt Dillon’s film career has spanned over three decades. He has starred in films such as “The Outsiders,” “Drugstore Cowboy,” “There’s Something about Mary,” and most recently “The House that Jack Built,” by Lars von Trier.

In 2003 he made his directorial film debut with “City of Ghosts” shot on location in Cambodia which he co-wrote with Barry Gifford and starred in with James Caan, Gerard Depardieu, and Stellan Skarsgård.

 In 2006 he was nominated for best supporting actor for his work in the Academy Award-winning best picture “Crash.” His performance earned him his second Independent Spirit Award, the first coming in 1989 for Gus Van Sant's “Drugstore Cowboy.”

In 2014 he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s limited series for television “Wayward Pines.”

Dillon has been a board member of Refugees International since 2008. He has traveled to Myanmar, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo where he directed short documentaries, bringing international awareness to the plight of refugees and those internally displaced by conflict and climate change.

He’s currently editing a feature length documentary, “The Great Fellove” (El Gran Fellove.)

Matt Dillon’s deep appreciation for the Beat generation, hot jazz and Latin music is on display when being asked to spin some records as a guest DJ in his set. He also praises the Clash’s musical exploration and tells us how Cuban scat singer El Gran Fellove inspired him not just as as an actor since he is currently in post-production on a documentary he directed about the life of this Cuban musician.

We are very pleased to welcome Matt Dillon to the Reeperbahn Festival to find out about his view on the art of music and film, the cooperations with music supervisors for his projects, his work on the documentary about Cuban scat musician El Gran Fellove and last but not least about his deep love  for music. 

This keynote talk will be hosted by Steve Blame. 

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