Aaron Matthews was born in Venezuela and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating in 1993 from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, he traveled widely in Asia, Latin America and Africa and lived in Spain. For over 10 years, Matthews has been making award-winning documentaries that have appeared on national and international television and in numerous film festivals around the world.
My American Girls won Best Documentary at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, was nationally broadcast on POV in 2001 and 2002, and was broadcast in Europe and Latin America. His previous award-winning documentary films Taddo, (about "the oldest barber in Brooklyn") and The Art of the Moment (an in-depth look at three professional New York improvisers) played at numerous festivals around the country and have been broadcast on the History Channel and public television. Matthews and his wife, Jennifer Mittelstadt, split their time between New York and Pennsylvania.