Katie Mathews is a filmmaker and ethnographer based in New Orleans. She has experience in production management, directing, creative producing and editing. Most recently, Katie directed and produced POST COASTAL, a series of documentary shorts about coastal communities’ response to land loss in Louisiana. She is currently producing MOSSVILLE, a documentary feature currently in post production, that explores the psychological trauma of community displacement at the hands of the petrochemical industry, and is developing ROLEPLAY, a feature documentary that follows a group of college students as they create an original theater piece about sexual violence in their campus community. Her work has been funded by the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Tulane University Center for the Gulf South. She was 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 as an anthropologist and ethnographer 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.