Based out of Statesboro and Savannah, Georgia, Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. With a BA in Photojournalism from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College, Matthew’s work has screened in film festivals throughout the world and has been featured in various outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera.
His most recent films, “People Aren’t All Bad” and “The Lower 9: A Story of Home,” have screened in film festivals throughout the world. In May 2013, “People Aren’t All Bad” screened at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival and was also a finalist for Smithsonian Magazine’s 2014 In Motion Video Contest. “The Lower 9: A Story of Home” received a grant and Second Place Gold Circle Award from The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Foundation, an Honorable Mention for Best Ohio Documentary at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and a Best Short Documentary Award from the Spring 2012 Asians on Film Festival.
Also an experienced producer with a strong understanding of social media, outreach and distribution, Matthew has crowdsourced over $25,000 through Kickstarter for his own independent documentary projects and also obtained a distribution deal for “The Lower 9: A Story of Home” through Third World Newsreel.
Matthew recently completed “Good Luck Soup,” a transmedia documentary project on the post-WWII experiences of Japanese Americans that is told through both a feature-length film and a web-based, interactive documentary.
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