Biography

Mike Matessino is a writer, film historian and preservationist, with particular emphasis on the restoration of classic film music.

An accomplished music mixer and editor, he has produced and/or edited, mixed and mastered music for hundreds of soundtrack projects spanning nine decades including the Star Wars Trilogy, PoltergeistSupermanAlienThe GooniesBack to the FutureHome Alone, the Star Trek feature films and Empire of the Sun. Also among his credits are comprehensive box sets of Jerry Goldsmith's and Bernard Herrmann’s music for 20th Century-Fox and many scores from Hollywood's Golden Age including The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators, The Egyptian, David and Bathsheba and Ben-Hur. Several releases also feature Mike's extensively researched liner notes.

Mike also co-wrote and produced the AMC special Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vault, which presented long-lost musical sequences from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. He also produced and directed behind-the-scenes documentaries on The Sound of MusicAlienThe ThingThe Last StarfighterThe Guns of Navarone, and served as restoration supervisor for Robert Wise's "Director's Edition" of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He also serves as audio and music supervisor for the Twilight Time specialty Blu-Ray label, which releases several limited editions of classic films each month, most featuring isolated music tracks.

A native of New York and graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Mike has also directed children's choirs and has taught music theory and voice training.