93 – The Full-time Doc Filmmaker, with Mat Hames

October 5, 2018

The Full-time Doc Filmmaker, with Mat Hames

Mat Hames is one of the few, fortunate ones in our doc world that makes his entire living doing his passion of documentary film. Whether it is through he and his wife’s company, Alpheus Media, or through Rooster Teeth’s RT Docs, Hames has been making documentary films non-stop for well over a decade now. Of course, along with persistence and hard work came such fortuitous moments along the way – not the least of which was his association with PBS’ program, Independent Lens, which showcased two of his first three documentary films.

And Mat was gracious enough to come onto TDL to discuss, among a host of other things, his collaboration with Independent Lens and why and how Public Broadcasting plays such a critical role in fostering the doc life of a filmmaker, like Mat.


Topics covered:

  • being knighted with his first documentary film
  • the importance of a PBS programme, like Independent Lens to the doc filmmaker
  • how writing is one of the most overlooked, but critical elements of the doc filmmaker
  • who Rooster Teeth is and how they are making waves in the doc community


Related Sources

View a clip of Mat Hames’ When We Rise:


View trailer for What Was Ours:



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