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Dean Hamer (United States)

Dean Hamer is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. He formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to produce insightful and provocative documentaries about often overlooked social issues. Their films have been supported by Sundance, ITVS and Pacific Islanders in Communications, won awards at over 100 film festivals across the world, and used as outreach and educational tools by a wide range of community and educational organizations.

OUT IN THE SILENCE, the first feature film from Qwaves, premiered at the Human Rights Watch International Film festival at Lincoln Center to great critical acclaim. With support from Sundance and PBS, it became a highly visible model for the use of film for social activism with wide distribution through public television, multiple digital portals, and over 700 community screenings.

In addition to his film work, Hamer is the author of several best selling nonfiction books including The Science of Desire and The God Gene, a consultant for the BBC and Discovery channels, and a sought-after lecturer and frequent guest on TV documentaries and news shows including Nightline and Oprah. In 2011 he moved to the north shore of O’ahu, Hawai'i, to work on KUMU HINA.


  • Kapaemahu
  • Leitis in Waiting
  • Lady Eva
  • Independent Lens
  • Archipels
  • A Place in the Middle
  • Kumu Hina
  • Twins
  • Frances and Frankie
  • Out in the Silence
  • Thorn in Your Side
  • We Belong
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