Subject Matter connects inspiring storytelling and meaningful change by providing funds and other resources to documentaries that highlight social issues and by awarding matching grants to nonprofits tackling the featured topics.
Co-Founder Colleen Hammond talked with our Gadi Elkon about her experiences in the industry, the impetus behind Subject Matter’s creation, the amazing team behind the non-profit, and so much more!
Colleen has over 12 years of experience working in the film industry and nonprofit sector. She spent a decade in fundraising at Tribeca Film Institute, was a digital media consultant for a number of documentary films, and produced the award-winning feature film, Yes, God, Yes. She’s recently been focused on oral history as a tool for social justice storytelling through her work with Voice of Witness. Colleen lives in the high desert of northern New Mexico and is also a professional cruciverbalist.
Interview with Subject Matter Co-Founder Colleen Hammond:
Subject Matter’s co-founders David Earls, Amy Hobby and Colleen Hammond have extensive experience as a team having spent many years together at the Tribeca Film Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting underrepresented filmmakers. With a background in finance and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of B.E. Capital Management, Earls brought his experience to TFI, co-creating and overseeing all fundraising efforts. An Oscar nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award winning producer of over 30 films, Amy Hobby is also founder of Tangerine Entertainment, a film production company working exclusively with female identifying filmmakers. A producer and development consultant, Colleen Hammond specializes in connecting filmmakers, brands and nonprofits through storytelling.
Films will focus on urgent U.S. based issues that the country is currently facing. Entrepreneur Lily Band and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright will co-chair the organization. Additional board members for Subject Matter include philanthropist Samantha Rudin Earls, film executive Loren Hammonds, Picture Motion and Kinema founder Christie Marchese, documentary director/producer Ferne Pearlstein, and social justice and public health grant maker Julia Greenberg.
Subject Matter is currently accepting film nominations from industry peers for their inaugural grant cycle.
For more information about the non-profit, SUBJECT MATTER.