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The Film Festival Team

The Metamora Film Festival staff has a combined total of over 30 years in the film industry, nonprofits, and special event promotions.  We look forward to your film submissions and hope that the festival can assist in launching your film career.

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Matt Duhamel
Festival Director

Matt Duhamel, a former TV news and radio personality, has turned his attention to helping others through the power of independent film and media. He agrees with the idea that film can help individuals, communities and entire societies by increasing compassion, tolerance, understanding and forgiveness. Matt is the director and producer of five films including the award winning short narrative, ‘Last Day with Lizzy’ which is dedicated to his daughter, Maddie.

Deanna Hays

Deanna Hays
Co-Director

Since she was a child Deanna Hays has been a huge fan of films.  One of her first two favorites were “Purple Rain” and “Pretty in Pink.”  Now all grown up, Deanna is active in fundraising events, family sports and of course film.  Besides work, Deanna enjoys spending time with her husband, her two kids and her Cocker Spaniel either at the beach or lakeside.  She looks forward to being a part of the Metamora Film Festivals.

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Carolyn Esparza
Co-Director

Imaginative, inquisitive and an avid reader from a young age, as an undergraduate Carolyn Esparza studied English literature and fine art entering and winning a number of art and creative writing competitions. Taking several years off from academia, while employed as a legal secretary she developed a deep concern for equity and justice leading her to return to graduate school. In 1979 she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.