Dean Hamer

Director and writer Dean Hamer is a New York Times Book of the Year author and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker dedicated to telling stories that emanate from the voices of those on the outside. His documentaries and animated films with Qwaves creative partner and husband Joe Wilson have screened and won awards at Toronto, Tribeca, Berlin, and Annecy, and have been viewed by millions of people on PBS, Netflix, and international broadcast networks. Kapaemahu, Dean and Joe’s previous collaboration with Daniel Sousa and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, was shortlisted for Best Animated Short at the 93rd Academy Awards. It was subsequently developed into a children’s book, feature documentary, and immersive museum exhibition.


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