Matt Singer (born December 23, 1980) is a Webby award winning writer and podcaster. He currently runs the Criticwire blog on Indiewire and co-hosts the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast. His criticism has appeared in the pages of The Village Voice and Time Out New York and on Ebert Presents at the Movies and the Independent Film Channel (IFC).
Growing up in Marlboro, New Jersey, Singer attended Syracuse University from 1998 until 2002 where he was heavily involved in University Union, Cinema Board, and WERW. In addition, he formed the band Melish (named after Woody Allen's character in Bananas, though ironically spelled incorrectly).
While at Syracuse, he spent a summer interning at Troma. During his tenure, colleagues at Troma inserted his name and a joke "role" into film credits for a few films released at that time.
He completed his B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and his M.A. in Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. At Syracuse, he was instructed and influenced by prominent film critics and authors such as J. Hoberman and Douglas Brode.
The Independent Film Channel is part of Rainbow Media and reaches over 62 million viewing subscribers. He has hosted and written half hour news specials and short new segments covering the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, South by Southwest, Comic-Con, and the Independent Spirit Awards. He has interviewed dozens of film directors and actors including Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Danny Boyle, Michel Gondry, Judd Apatow, Michael Moore, Tim Burton, Julian Schnabel, Richard Kelly, David Mamet, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, James Franco, Jack Black, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Don Cheadle, Jerry Seinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Aniston, Jude Law, Seth Rogen, Felicity Huffman, Zach Braff, Lucy Liu, Sarah Silverman, and Sir Ben Kingsley. He also writes regularly for the IFC website, which received a Webby award in 2009, and is the co-host of the IFC News podcast, which was named one of the Top Ten podcasts about film by MovieMaker Magazine in May 2010.
In 2011, he was named as a contributor to Ebert Presents At the Movies airing on PBS stations nationwide. During the 2008-2009 television season, he was featured numerous times on the “Critics Round-Up” segment on At the Movies. As part of IFC’s airing of Trapped in the Closet: The Complete Saga in 2007, he did an exclusive series of interviews with R. Kelly on creation of the project. He was featured twice as a guest discussing film on The Sauce on the Fuse music network.
Beginning in 2012, Singer (along with former IFC News Podcast co-host Alison Willmore) is hosting Filmspotting: SVU, a podcast spinoff from website/podcast Filmspotting.
Singer lives in Brooklyn with his wife, a dog named Kirby, and a sword that was used in the movie Gymkata.