University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA in Film and Media Production (Graduate Coursework)
In 2007 Hannah, captured the eye of Steven Spielberg when her narrative film Fire in Fallujah was screened for the reality series On the Lot. Impressed by her ambition and creativity, Mr. Spielberg personally selected Hannah out of more then 12,000 directors to compete for a $1,000,000 development deal with DreamWorks
Hannah is a native North Carolinian who, from a young age, knew she wanted to tell stories. This passion for storytelling grew and guided her to travel the world. She has been to countries such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey and Thailand where she has worked as an activist and used the lens of her camera to expose the human condition. These unforgettable experiences shaped Hannah’s storytelling abilities and gave her a world perspective.
Hannah earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Film and Media Production and a minor in Creative Writing.
Hannah is a writer, director, storyteller, filmmaker, and visionary who is passionate about telling stories that entertain and inspire. She has directed two award-winning documentaries both filmed on location in Thailand. Fighting Traditions aired on PBS and at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in April 2006. This film received the Mary Turner Lane Award for the advancement of women’s rights and was nominated for the Sonya Hayes Humanitarian award. Hannah’s documentary film Lost and Found received the Ewing Marion Kauffman Artistic Entrepreneurship award and was a semi-finalist in the Angelus Film Festival.
Emmy Award winning director Joan Darling mentored Hannah and taught her how to marry the art of directing actors with the art of technique. She has since had the privilege to work for worldwide box office film director Roland Emmerich as well as direct the talented Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family. Hannah thrives on a challenge and is always looking to tell stories that push the envelope from conception to completion.
Being a director, Hannah inherently loves mentoring young filmmakers. She knows the importance of having a supportive mentor to teach technique while at the same time cultivating one's passion for stories.
Hannah feels privileged to call herself a storyteller, for she truly believes, those who tell stories shape the culture. In 2007 Hannah, captured the eye of Steven Spielberg when her narrative film Fire in Fallujah was screened for the reality series On the Lot. Impressed by her ambition and creativity, Mr. Spielberg personally selected Hannah out of more then 12,000 directors to compete for a $1,000,000
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