Hannah Ayers is a documentary filmmaker and, with her husband Lance Warren, co-director of Field Studio in Richmond, Virginia. Hannah and Lance make media at the intersection of history and social justice. Their latest film, "The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia," brings to life the story of John Dabney, a once-renowned yet now nearly-forgotten African American bartender and restaurateur in 19th-century Richmond. The production of the film, along with a website featuring recipes, additional videos, an essay, and a community discussion guide, was supported by Virginia Humanities and the Community Idea Stations, Virginia's largest PBS affiliate. More details here: hailstormdabney.com
Hannah was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attended the College of William & Mary and Columbia University. Her background is in history, nonprofit development, and multimedia storytelling. Previously, Hannah supported fundraising and communications efforts at the human rights video advocacy organization WITNESS.