Hi, my name's Matt D'Avella and I'm a documentary filmmaker.
I graduated college in 2010 with $97,000 in student loan debt and did the smartest thing I could think of at the time... I bought a brand new car.
Back then I was living in my parent's basement in New Jersey while trying to make it as a professional filmmaker. At my lowest point I had $13 in the bank. Then I plugged my finances into a net-worth calculator online and realized I had negative money.
I wasn't happy with where my life was going, so over the next couple years I became obsessed with turning things around. I read self-help books & listened to every cheesy Tony Robin's audio tape I could find.
I discovered minimalism, redefined my idea of success, grew my business and within five years I paid off every last loan. Even the car.
I wanted to push myself further.
So in 2014 I set out to direct my first feature-length documentary Minimalism. It was successful beyond my wildest dreams, trending on Netflix and breaking the top 10 documentaries on iTunes.
It didn't happen without a massive amount of work & sacrifice. It required early mornings, long nights, endless peanut-butter sandwiches & mentors to get me through it.
Trying to build something from the ground up can be incredibly daunting. I want to help you pursue your passions, create meaningful content & make an impact.