Tim Matsui

Tim Matsui

Tim Matsui seeks to inform and engage viewers through his projects, using media for social change.


Tim Matsui is a photojournalist at heart, but he’s also become a documentary filmmaker, a non profit founder, and an agent for change. His extensive work on trauma and victimization started with sexual violence then transitioned to human trafficking for labor and sex, both domestically and abroad. His most recent project, the feature documentary The Long Night tells the story of seven lives forever changed by the American sex trade. Produced in partnership with MediaStorm, it won first prizes from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and Best of Photojournalism, along with a Webby Nomination and was a finalist for the Dart Center Award.

To fund this project, Matsui won the inaugural Women’s Initiative Grant from the Alexia Foundation. To develop the film’s impact campaign, he won a grant from the Fledgling Fund, in partnership with Andrew DeVigal and Laura LoForti of A Fourth Act, and ran a successful, $17,000 Kickstarter this summer.

Join Matsui and Blue Earth to learn how you can use photojournalism, documentary film, and partnerships to engage audiences and help them become agents of change.

PIX Talks

Wednesday Oct. 7, 3:15 – 3:35 PM • re:FRAME stage

Session 7.4.