“The eye of “Cartel Land” cinematographer Matt Porwoll beautifully captures farmland from above, as well as reflecting the lives of the individual animals featured on screen.”

Production Slate – Boundless Strife

American Cinematographer – by Iain Stasukevich

“The filmmakers draw a hard line between representation and direct influence. ‘You direct by choosing where to point the camera, when you make editing decisions in your head about coverage,’ Porwoll says. ‘But you also have to react the what’s happening and let the subject direct the action.'”

“Cartel Land” Vigilantes Take on the Drug Wars

Latin Heat – by Roxelana Trinidad

“For the duration of the 98-minute of the film, with its beautifully shot scenes and its brutally raw reality, I dared not look away. It’s remarkable to think that Heineman and fellow cinematographer Matt Porwoll put themselves in the line fire in order to capture the immensity of the situation. We wouldn’t be surprised if the golden statue landed in their hands.”

“Cartel Land”: Film Review

Hollywood Reporter – by Duane Byrge

“While there’s no minimizing the valor and skill of the filmmaker, credit also goes to his talented co-cinematographer, Matt Porwoll, for capturing the mayhem and malice in the lands ravaged by the cartels.”
“In the age of accessible, high quality cameras and lenses, we are constantly working to bring our stories to light in the most cinematic way possible, but we also have to be mindful to not over-complicate or diminish the story with excessive technical (and, by default, complicated) influence.”
“I love working in documentaries. They provide a challenge and an excitement that you can’t get anywhere else. Your goal is to observe what is happening in front of you and respond in a way that effectively translates that feeling or moment to your audience.”

Brooklynphono: A Documentary Short filmed with the Canon EOS C300 Mark II

Canon Digital Learning Center Video Tutorial Series

“Go behind the scenes as Matt Porwoll takes us through his (C300 MKII) camera builds, his custom settings including assignable buttons, resolution and color space options, as well as his lighting setup for the shoot.”