Dean Hamer


Film Projects

Public bio

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. His first film THE PREACHER AND THE POET was a winner of the PBS Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival. In 2004 he formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to produce insightful and provocative documentaries about often overlooked social issues. Their short films were part of the pioneering days of citizen-generated content on the Internet and cable television, and have been 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 the Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Sundance Documentary Film program and Fledgling Fund, it has been widely distributed through PBS, multiple digital portals, and over 700 community screenings. In 2011, Hamer and Wilson moved to hawaiʻi to work on KUMU HINA, the story of a remarkable Native Hawaiian mahu (ransgender) teacher who inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe, even as she herself searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship. With support from ITVS, Pacific Islanders in Communication, the hawaii Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation, the film will bring a dynamic new perspective from the Pacific Islands to a range of national issues. 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. He lives on the north shore of Oahu, Hawai'i, where he has collaborated with local filmmakers on films about ocean life including JOY RIDE, which premiered on Waikiki Beach at the Hawai'i International Film Festival.