Katie Mathews is a is an award-winning filmmaker and researcher whose work explores the intersection of identity and the places and spaces we call home. She is currently directing the feature documentary Roleplay about art’s power to transform toxic culture, chosen for the 2019 Points North Fellowship. Katie recently produced and story edited Mossville, (Dir. Alex Glustrom) a feature documentary about environmental racism that premiered at Full Frame where it won the Human Rights Award and has been recognized at festivals around the world for storytelling and a commitment to social justice. She also co-produced blood peach, (Dir. Zuri Obi), a Tribeca Film Institute If/Then short that unearths stories of enslavement, and directed and produced Post Coastal, an NEA and Smithsonian-funded documentary series about Louisiana coastal communities and climate change. She was a 2018 Fellow in the UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab, a 2018 Fellow in the inaugural Southern Producer’s Lab and an Artist in Residence at A Studio in the Woods for their Adaptations Residency.
Prior to her work in film, Katie worked at global design firm IDEO, where she led qualitative research, using individual stories to inspire new systems in education and the public sector. Katie holds a BA in Communications from Northwestern University and has completed continuing education work at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She is currently an MFA Candidate in CUNY-Hunter College's Integrated Media Arts Program.