Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007, Cherry retired and moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment landing work as a production assistant on over 40 commercials and as a director for over 20 music videos. Cherry received his first directorial credit in 2008 for a music video featuring R&B artist Terry Dexter. Since then, Cherry has gone on to direct music videos for various artists. Cherry’s project “Hair Love” is an animated short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughters hair for the first time. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 2020 Academy Awards.