Mat Hames, Director
Mat Hames is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin. He directed the 2008 documentary Fighting Goliath, which was narrated by Robert Redford and was an official selection of 12 film festivals in four countries. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the Red Rock Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and the Golden Sun at the Barcelona International Film Festival.
Mat's directorial credits include Last Best Hope, an award-winning documentary film about the Belgian Resistance during WWII. In 2007, His Royal Majesty King Albert II awarded Mat the decoration of Knight of the Order of the Crown in recognition of his contribution to preserving the history of the Belgian Resistance. Before its national broadcast on PBS in 2006, Last Best Hope garnered numerous awards and festival accolades, including a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival. Mat also directed and produced the PBS series State of Tomorrow, which won five regional Emmy Awards. He is co-founder of Alpheus Media, whose long-standing clients include the Sundance Preserve and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
James Moll, Producer
Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker James Moll has produced and directed non-fiction films for more than a decade. Moll's feature documentary credits include Running the Sahara for Executive Producer Matt Damon, about three men as they attempt to run across the Sahara Desert; Inheritance, a P.O.V. film depicting a woman struggling with the crimes of her Nazi father; Price for Peace for NBC and Executive Producer author/historian Stephen Ambrose, focusing on WWII in the Pacific; and The Last Days for Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, chronicling the lives of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors. Moll has produced and/or directed many projects for television, including Broken Silence, a collection of five foreign-language documentaries that premiered on primetime television in Russia, Poland, Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.
In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Moll established and operated The Shoah Foundation with Steven Spielberg for the purpose of videotaping Holocaust survivor testimonies around the world. The Foundation videotaped more than 50,000 testimonies in 57 countries.
Born in Allentown and raised in Los Angeles, Moll earned a degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is co-chair of the Directors Guild of America Documentary Award, and is a member of the Documentary Executive Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Michael Rosen, Producer
Michael Rosen is an award-winning producer and director whose credits include the television special Beyond the Expedition: Running the Sahara for National Geographic Channel, about a historic trek across Africa; Murder By Proxy for Key Element, which examines how spree killings are affecting American society; and A Salute to Robert Altman: An American Maverick, for USA Films which aired on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel. He also executive produced the television special Emmy's Greatest Moments for TV Land.
As executive in charge of production at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Rosen was responsible for overseeing more than 30 projects annually — many for the Primetime Emmy Awards. In addition, he is the founding executive producer for the Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television, the world's largest online portal on the history of television, producing more than 2,000 hours of documentary interviews with over 500 television legends and pioneers.
Rosen began his career working for producers Lauren Shuler-Donner (X-Men, The Secret Life of Bees) and Jon Peters (Superman Returns, Rain Man).