AN OUTRAGE is directed, edited, and produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, co-directors of Field Studio. They make films at the intersection of history and social justice, focusing on race, incarceration, and family.
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 is their most recent film; it 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 complementary curriculum are now available to 500,000 teachers across the United States.
While touring An Outrage, Hannah and Lance are also working on a new documentary short—The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia—funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
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.