Mat Hames, Director
Mat Hames is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Hames has been fortunate to travel the world, including Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, finding little-known stories and portraying his subjects with extreme sensitivity. Hames's film When I Rise captured the spirit of the civil rights fight in Texas by following the story of a young black music student, Barbara Smith Conrad, after she was removed as the lead in an opera at UT by none other than the Texas Legislature. Hames, with Conrad, premiered the film at the South by Southwest Film Festival, before playing 11 film festivals and airing on Independent Lens. Hames also directed the 2008 short documentary Fighting Goliath for Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve. It was an official selection of 12 film festivals before airing on the Sundance Channel. Mat’s directorial credits also include Last Best Hope, about the Belgian Resistance during World War II, which aired nationally on PBS and garnered awards at eight film festivals. Most recently, Mat has been traveling to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to explore the spiritual connection between ancient tribal artifacts and modern Native American tribe members for the film What Was Ours.
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).