Matthew Arnold-Ladensack is a film director born in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated with a BFA from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts with a degree in Film Production, emphasising in Directing. During college Ladensack interned and worked at DreamWorks, working under the leadership of Kristine Belson and Chris Sanders. He also directed his thesis short film "S.S. Humanity" which premiered at Cinerama Theater in Seattle at Seattle's Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.
After graduating Ladensack founded Humanity Pictures with friend Kiko Suura, a film company dedicated producing high-quality media entertainment that raises awareness socially, culturally and environmentally. With a group of film school freinds in 2010 Ladensack directed the kooky, Pixar-esq short The Sprinkler which premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival in 2006.
Ladensack moved to Los Angeles and began creating short films, directing music videos and writing short & feature screenplays. Ladensack produced his first feature film Blood Type: Unknown which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
When living in Hollywood Ladensack became passionate about the aging LGBT community which lead to his next film "The Apple Tree" which won "Best Picture" at the Out In the Desert Film Festival and screened at over twenty film festivals internationally. In 2013 Ladensack directed his first feature film Saugatuck Cures a comedy set in Saugatuck, Michigan, Ladensack was hired to produce and direct through Permoveo Productions and the film premiered across the nation at Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs, qFLIX Philadelphia and REELING Chicago.
Ladensack's most recent short documentary, LA // 1:87 premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival in 2016, and screens at HollyShorts at the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood Summer 2016. Ladensack latest film "Vivendo com Zika," a short narrative about a woman who discovers she has the Zika virus and her unborn child has microcephaly, premiered at the Los Angeles International Brazilian Film Festival in 2017.
Ladensack is slated to direct a feature version of his award-winning short film and screenplay The Apple Tree.