Alum Matt Renoir Produces Noir-Horror Film 'The Ascent'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

THE 405 -- I caught up with Tom Murtagh and Matthew Renoir, director/writer and producer, respectively, of the noir-tinged horror film “The Ascent – making the festival rounds right now and whose Seed and Spark crowd-funding page for the film is finishing Friday, March 16.

In The Ascent, veteran LAPD detective Henry Cardenas (Miguel Pérez) faces off against his toughest murder suspect yet, Vince Marins (Stephen Buchanan), who claims to be something other than human. Over the course of 24 hours, truths both new, and long buried will be revealed.

“I went to San Francisco State University, majored in cinema studies and English literature,” Renoir says. “I entered a media internship after graduating, which put me to work on a feature film right away. I moved to L.A. almost eight years ago, and met Tom about a year after moving here. Tom actually hired me to shoot something for him.”