A Documentary Film About Lynching in the American South



AN OUTRAGE is directed, edited, and produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, co-directors of Field StudioThey make films at the intersection of history and social justice.

Hannah and Lance’s first film, That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town, won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival. An Outrage premiered at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in March 2017. The following month, An Outrage received the Audience Award at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. In August, the film was awarded Best Documentary Short at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in Vermont. Through a partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, An Outrage and a companion curriculum are now freely available to 500,000 teachers across the United States.

Hannah is a native of 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. 

Lance was raised in Virginia. He studied history and politics at Syracuse University and Brandeis University, focusing on civil rights and social justice in the twentieth century United States. From 2010-2016 he supported the work of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, producing online courses, video series, and virtual field trips for history teachers across the country.