Derek Hammeke is an award winning filmmaker, multiple business owner, husband and father.
Derek hails from Kansas City, Kansas and received a Bachelor's of Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin is where Derek currently resides and runs the production company, Flying Treasure LLC. He works for hire on various video projects including commercials, short films, and documentaries. His short films have won various awards, including the top honor at the highly competitive Kansas City 48 hour film festival .
As a filmmaker Derek has had the privilege to work on projects that span the globe, taking him to multiple countries for short and long term work. Derek is an experienced traveler when it comes to location shoots, having filmed in Cambodia, Thailand, Mozambique, Kenya, Poland, Ireland, Chile, DR Congo, South Africa, and Honduras.
In 2008 Derek worked at Christ In Youth, an organization that puts on youth events across the nation. It was there that he was the creative project leader for a short film titled Baht. The film was a partnership with the Rapha House organization.
It was during his work on this project that Derek found a passion to help the girls at Rapha House and to continue to stop the horrors of human trafficking. Derek continued the fight by partnering with Rapha House and producing many promotional videos for the organization. This partnership led to the eventual creation of the full length documentary project Finding Home, released in 2014 and launched on Netflix in 2016.
He is also the proud co-owner of a gymnastics gym in Joplin, Missouri called Amplify Gymnastics. One week prior to opening its' doors, the gym was wiped away by the F-5 tornado that hit Joplin in May of 2011. Derek and the other owners put great dedication into rebuilding the gym, earning Amplify the Phoenix Award from the Small Business Association. The award showcases the most outstanding small business recovery after a disaster, given only to one business in the entire country each year. Amplify opened a second location in 2016.
Derek and his wife Grace are happily married with a hansom little son.