Five Questions with 11 Dollar Bill’s Matt Wade

What do Jay-Z, Magic Johnson, and The Great British Bake Off have in common? They’re all right here as 11 Dollar Bill Senior Editor and Creative Lead Matt Wade stopped by for a thoroughly entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it!

SCREEN: Thanks for stopping by, Matt! So tell us… Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?

MATT: I met Magic Johnson in 2005 when the All Star Game came to Denver. It was a meet and greet type deal, but we got to go in early (can’t remember why) and talk with him for a little and shoot some hoops. Very nice guy.

Here’s the latest interview of Magic Johnson, on the air with Jimmy Kimmel…

SCREEN: So you are heading up 11 Dollar Bill’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina… Matt, if we have one day and one day only in Raleigh, what should we do?

MATT: I might not be the best tour guide, I just moved to Durham three months ago. But I’ll give it a shot! Start your day by grabbing some breakfast/coffee at Monuts (their brown butter donut is insane). Then head to the Eno Quarry, a little swimming hole where people bring tubes and coolers of beer. Then enjoy a burrito at Cosmic Cantina. Depending on your mood, either head to Kotuku Surf Club (dive bar) or the rooftop of The Durham Hotel (fancy cocktails) for a drink before heading to M Sushi for dinner.

Here is a look at that brown butter pepita donut that Matt adores…

SCREEN: If you could be a member of any musical group in history, what would it be?

MATT: I would be a member of the group that produced the album ‘Collision Course,’ which was a collaboration of Jay-Z and Linkin Park. So technically two groups? But it’s one of my favorite albums, and 16-year-old Matt listened to it endlessly on his Walkman, pretending to be in a music video starring out of the bus window…

SCREEN: Your greatest athletic achievement?

MATT: I was a pole vaulter in high school, but my greatest athletic achievement has nothing to do with pole vaulting. I injured my left elbow my senior year and couldn’t participate. So some friends and I joined the ultimate frisbee team. And we were so bad. The team was mostly made up of kids who didn’t play any other sports. It probably didn’t help that I only had one functioning arm. Going into our final week, we had lost every game by double digits. Never even came close to winning. But after a season of hard work and practicing plays, it all finally clicked. We ended up winning by one score and celebrated like we won the Super Bowl.

SCREEN: Your favorite commercial ever?

MATT: I really like the Nike ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ spot from a few years ago. It’s split screen the whole time and has matching motion across across every frame. Just a smart yet simple concept, executed to perfection.

Let’s take a look at the iconic piece…


SCREEN: What is your most prized possession?

MATT: My Grandfather left me a few of his old cameras. I’ve always dabbled in photography but have recently found a lot of joy in shooting on his old 35mm. It’s a Minolta SRT-101, nothing fancy, but it makes me happy knowing it was his.

SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

An editor that I used to assist for would constantly tell me to ‘have fun with it’ or some formation of those words. This taught me how to look at edits from non-traditional angles, and constantly try something new. It’s also a great reminder to try and enjoy the craft of making something.

SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?

MATT: I feel no embarrassment about it, but my wife and I have recently gotten into the Great British Bake Off. We do a ‘fantasy draft’ at the start of each season. We go back and forth picking contestants after the first episode then we root for our team. We’ve watched 4 seasons that way and she somehow always wins 🙁

Let’s sink our teeth and taste buds an episode right now…

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