Mathew Klickstein is a longtime journalist, filmmaker, author, playwright and arts therapist.
His most recent book SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age culls together exclusive interviews with more than 250 VIPs from the so-called "classic" era of the First Kids Network. The book was published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin in 2013 and included on such "Best Of" lists as those compiled by: Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly and Parade.
Other books by Mathew include: the experimental Daisy Goes To The Moon (AtomSmashers, 2009), the talking eBook for children My Dog Forgot How to Read (Oak Creek Publishing, 2011) and the erotic novel Rag Doll (Blushing Books, 2013).
He is the screenwriter of Sony Pictures' Against the Dark, the first and currently only horror film to star action movie veteran Steven Seagal. Mathew is also the co-creator of the short-lived television series National Lampoon's Collegetown USA, for which he was the head writer and field producer during Season One.
For more than a decade, Mathew has worked closely with the Kids of Widney High, a group of young adults with developmental disabilities who write, record and perform their own rock music. Mathew has produced numerous music videos, short films, fine art pieces and creative writing pieces with the Kids and also directed/produced Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story. The feature-length rockumentary chronicles the Kids on their 2005 West Coast tour, which Mathew managed.
In 2012, he co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote Phamaly Theatre Company's disLabled. The live, multimedia performance involved actors with disabilities who helped to write the series of comical, musical, and intimate scenes revolving around their personal experiences. Mathew was also the behind-the-scenes documentarian for the show, which sold out each night at Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts. This pilot program would be the first Phamaly project produced outside of the organization's longtime home in Denver.
Throughout 2016, Mathew conceptualized and developed a topical, gender-bending twist on William Golding's immortal novel The Lord of the Flies with a local theater organization in Lawrence, Kansas called Orange Mouse. As producer and co-writer on the project, Mathew workshopped the script with a group of nine local Lawrence girls (ages 8-16) in order to produce a unique, immersive theater experience based on the girls' own experiences and personalities. The play opened at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence toward the end of August, 2016.
Mathew's writings have appeared in such publications as: WIRED, Alternative Press, Able Magazine, Boulder Weekly, Yellow Scene Magazine, Colorado Daily, Daily Camera, OC Weekly, Willamette Week, Ink Magazine, Entertainment Today, iTech Post, Splitsider, Bleeding Cool, New York Daily News, Fade In Magazine, the Kansas City Star, Decider (NY Post), the Baltimore Jewish Times, and the Baltimore Sun.
Mathew's erotic short stories have appeared in the internationally-culled Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 12 and Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 13, published by Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books Group.
Mathew continues to travel, write and produce wherever he can around the country.
At the moment, this includes: hosting NERTZ (a new podcast focusing on nerd-geek culture); developing his latest book project; and, of course, his documentary about Marc Summers, On Your Marc, in production now. Stay tuned for more!
His favorites are combination fried rice and The Larry Sanders Show.
He loves you very much.