Born in Iran, Matt Eskandari immigrated to the United States as a child, when his parents fled the oppressive religious regime that followed the Iranian revolution. He graduated with Honors from USC with a degree in Cinema/Television Critical Studies. At 21, his first short film, The Taking, won Best Short Film at ScreamFest, which helped him finance his first feature, the psychological thriller titled Victim (2010), which was distributed theatrically by IFC Films. Eskandari’s next feature, the action thriller Game of Assassins, starring Bai Ling and Dustin Nguyen, was shot primarily in mainland China and was distributed by Lionsgate in 2014. Following his third feature, 12 Feet Deep, starring Tobin Bell and Diane Farr, Eskandari signed a three-picture deal to direct action/thriller feature films for Lionsgate starring Bruce Willis, Trauma Center, Survive the Night and Open Source. Trauma Center was released theatrically in 2019, and Survive the Night is currently on release, via VOD.