Mat Hames is an Austin Texas based Emmy Award winning filmmaker whose documentaries have been distributed by the Sundance Channel, PBS, Hulu, Amazon and Netflix. His film What Was Ours follows three native Americans in their journey to reclaim lost artifacts and open a tribal museum on their reservation in Wyoming. The film aired nationally on U.S. Television at part of PBS’ Independent Lens 2017 series, and is available on Amazon Prime streaming services. Hames’ film When I Rise, about African-American mezzo-soprano opera singer Barbara Conrad, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and had an international premiere at HotDocs in Toronto. After playing in ten festivals in the US, the UK, and Canada, the film entered the festival circuit in Europe, aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series, and was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award. He recently traveled to the remote village of Pushkar, India for his film World’s Greatest Head Massage for Rooster Teeth’s RTDocs division, for which he was a Webby Award Honoree. Mat directed the short documentary Fighting Goliath narrated by Robert Redford. It was the official selection of 12 film festivals. Hames’ directorial debut was Last Best Hope, an award-winning documentary film about the Belgian Resistance during WWII, which aired nationally on PBS and garnered numerous awards at film festivals, and for which he was knighted by Belgian King Albert II. He is a co-founder of Austin production company Alpheus Media.
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