Director Matthew Testa has been working in documentary film and television for two decades, often focusing on the environment, social justice issues and the interplay between people and nature. Prior to The Human Element, Testa wrote and directed Vlogumentary, which tracks the unlikely rise to stardom of Youtube personalities who document their daily lives. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Youtube Red.
Testa’s previous films and nonfiction series include Freedom! The Movie for CMT Docs, Snake Salvation (National Geographic), Whale Wars (Animal Planet), Storm Chasers (Discovery) and The First 48 (A&E). His first film was the ITVS-funded environmental documentary, The Buffalo War, which aired nationally on PBS, toured festivals and won 9 awards.