Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson formed Qwaves to make films that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to question and to act.
Their documentaries were an an early part of citizen-generated journalism on the Internet, have won film festival awards around the world, and have been viewed by millions of people on PBS and international public broadcast stations. They have also been catalysts for grassroots community engagement, dialogue and action on a range of often overlooked social issues.
Qwaves production and outreach work has been supported by funding from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Sundance Documentary Program and Ford Foundation. Educational and community engagement partners include PBS Learning Media, Teaching Tolerance, Welcoming Schools, and Native Hawaiian Education Council.