Katie Mathews

2022 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: CUNY-Hunter College, Integrated Media Arts MFA Program
Wendy Ferguson Film Honor


Katie Mathews is a filmmaker whose work explores the gray areas and liminal spaces between self and culture, home and community, healing and regeneration. She is currently directing the feature documentary Roleplay about college students who use theater to confront campus rape culture, chosen for the 2021 Gotham Documentary Fellowship, and writing-directing the narrative short Dark Moon about a father-daughter relationship faced with Dementia, winner of the Davey Foundation’s short film grant. Previously Katie co-directed an audio-first experimental film called Signal and Noise about the sounds of Guantánamo Bay Detention Center and 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. She also directed and produced Post Coastal, an NEA and Smithsonian-funded documentary series about Louisiana coastal communities and climate change. She has worked on projects for National Geographic, Disney+, Hulu, CBC, and more, bringing big stories to global audiences. Her independent work has screened at festivals around the world, including DOC NYC, Full Frame, & Raindance, on PBS and at the United Nations. Katie holds a BA in Communications from Northwestern University and recently completed her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY).