Hannah Weyer received her master’s degree in film from New York University upon completion of her 1994 award-winning thesis film, THE SALESMAN AND OTHER ADVENTURES. The short screened at more than 20 film festivals internationally and won awards at the Sundance, Locarno, Melbourne, Claremont-Ferrand and Tokyo Film Festivals. It was broadcast internationally on Canal+France, Canal+Spain, Italy’s EDB, Channel 4 in England, and here in the U.S. on PBS. Weyer was a recipient of both the 1994 Princess Grace Award and the 1995 IFP/East-Independent Film Channel Award. Her first feature, ARRESTING GENA, was developed at the 1995 Sundance Writers and Directors Lab and went on to premiere at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival. The film was distributed in the U.S through the Fuel Film Tour.
Weyer completed her first hour-length documentary, LA BODA, in March of 2000. It screened at various film festivals including the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the New York and Los Angeles Latino Film Festivals. LA BODA first aired nationally as part of POV’s Summer 2000 series and aired again as an Encore Performance during the POV Summer 2001 line-up. LA BODA has also screened at numerous educational forums and conferences including ones for the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education, the National Coalition of Hispanic and Human Service Organizations, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs and the National Women Studies Association. Most recently, Weyer completed a film guide for LA BODA to be used in conjunction with the Human Rights Watch High School Pilot Program. In 2002 her second documentary ESCUELA was released.
Before studying film, Weyer traveled and studied abroad in Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. She was a volunteer for a non-profit organization–Amigos de las Americas–where she dispensed vaccinations to children and young mothers at schools and clinics throughout the rural regions of Paraguay. (09/09)
A documentary by Hannah Weyer, 2002, 53 min., Color
There are over 800,000 students enrolled in migrant education programs in the United States and, of those, only 45-50% ever finish high school. ESCUEL...
A film by Hannah Weyer, 2000, 53 min., Color
In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s new film LA BODA delves into the challenges faced by a community...