Aaron Mathews is a documentary filmmaker, producer and director with a passion for social justice and a commitment to making films that tell stories of people and communities that are often overlooked. He has been making films since the early 2000s, focusing on social issues such as racism, poverty, and the criminal justice system.
Aaron was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he studied film production, screenwriting and post-production. After graduating, he began working as an assistant editor on a variety of films and television shows. He soon realized that he wanted to focus on documentary filmmaking and began making films about the experiences of people from marginalized communities.
Aaron’s first documentary, “Invisible People”, was released in 2006 and focused on the struggles of the homeless in Los Angeles. The film received critical acclaim for its honest and powerful portrayal of the lives of those living on the streets. He followed up this success with “Life on the Streets”, a film about the experiences of the homeless in San Francisco.
In 2009, Aaron made “When the Levees Broke”, a documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, and won three Emmy Awards. He followed this up with “The Central Park Five”, a film about the wrongful conviction and incarceration of five minority youths.
Aaron’s most recent documentary, “Race to Justice”, was released in 2020. The film focuses on the unjust criminal justice system in the United States and the ways it disproportionately affects people of color. The film has been met with critical acclaim and has been highly praised for its powerful and timely message.
Aaron is currently working on a new documentary about the prison industrial complex in the United States. He is also working on a feature-length narrative film about a young girl growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
Aaron is a passionate filmmaker who uses his art to bring attention to social issues and to tell stories that often go unheard. He is committed to making films that are honest, meaningful and entertaining, and to creating powerful stories that leave a lasting impact.