Matias Alvarez was born in California. His family moved shortly thereafter and he grew up in Park City, Utah skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. His accomplishments as a ski racer on the Park City Ski Team drew him to the University of Colorado where he quickly learned the difficulties of being a student athlete and trying to maintain any sort of GPA. A fellow student recommended Film classes as a way to boost his GPA and a new love was born. He attended Summer school at UCLA to continue his Film studies and graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1986 with a degree in Communication/Film. From there it was a chance encounter during a Sundance screening where he discovered that his new love of film could be turned into a career in Utah.
He began working in film in 1986 starting out as a lowly Production Assistant and working his way up in the industry. He has worked/lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Utah and various spots around the country/world. In 1996 he directed an independent Feature “Coyote Summer” for Leucadia films. He joined the Director's Guild of America and worked for another 15 years as a DGA First Assistant Director on a wide variety of projects from small Independent Films to Studio Features. The projects are numerous and varied but of his favorites are his work on Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary, National Geographic's Imax adventure of Lewis and Clark's journey, Disney Channel's High School Musical, and NBC/Audi's Truth in Motion which profiles the US Alpine Ski Team. While working for The Disney Channel he moved on to the position of Unit Production Manager, and is currently an Independent Producer working on his own projects as well as for the Disney Channel. When he's not on set, he’s hanging out with his Fiancé Julie Wrathall and his two children Matias Michael and Emerson, cooking, reading, going to movies, riding his road bike, or skiing.