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Mat Hames

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Emmy award-winning independent filmmaker Mat Hames is based in Austin, Texas. His films have screened at SXSW, HotDocs, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and broadcast on the Sundance Channel and Independent Lens on PBS.  Mat’s feature documentary, 'When I Rise', about African-American mezzo-soprano and civil rights icon Barbara Conrad, had a world premiere at SXSW and internationally premiered at HotDocs.  It was also featured on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series. After playing in 10 festivals in the US, UK and Canada, the film entered the festival circuit in Europe and was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award. Prior to 'When I Rise' he directed the 2008 documentary 'Fighting Goliath' for Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve. It was the official selection of 12 film festivals, awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the Red Rock Film Festival and the Golden Sun at the Barcelona Festival Internacional de Cinema del Medi Ambient.  In 2014 Mat's short doc 'Austin Revealed’ played as part of the Faces of Austin SXSW Showcase. He also directs documentaries about internet culture for streaming media on demand company Rooster Teeth, including “Connected” and “World’s Greatest Head Massage”. His film "Fighting Goliath – Texas Coal Wars" was accepted in the Red Rock Film Festival in 2008.