Matt Villines

Film, Class of 2003

Matt Villines
Matt Villines was a director best known for his sketch comedy work with professional partner and fellow film school alum, Oz Rodriguez. Together, they created the comedic directing team Matt & Oz. Matt used his keen sense of humor to create some of the most successful videos on, Funny or Die, and Saturday Night Live. Originally from Tulsa, OK, Matt moved to Los Angeles, CA, to pursue his career in filmmaking. He enrolled in the film program at The Los Angeles Film School and graduated in 2003.

While working at SNL with his filmmaking partner Oz, Matt was a segment director on a series of iconic segments with Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Justin Bieber and many more celebrities. One of their most memorable SNL shorts is “A Thanksgiving Miracle,” which featured a family at Thanksgiving interrupted by Adele’s Hello. In 2020, we honored Matt with a posthumous award and a permanent place in the Spotlight Academy.

In Loving Memory June 5, 1977 – July 9, 2016

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