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 Roleplay, a hybrid non-fiction film about college students that devise an immersive theater piece from their experiences with campus rape culture. Most recently, Katie produced and story edited Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, a feature documentary about environmental racism, that won the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Human Rights Award at 2019 Full Frame Film Festival and the David Carr Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking Award at the 2019 Montclair Film Festival. 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. Today she teaches Research Methods in Social Innovation at Tulane University.