Hannah Weyer is a filmmaker based in New York and frequently collaborates with writer/director Jim McKay (Girls Town, Our Song, Everyday People). Along with Mckay she co-wrote the film, Angel Rodriguez (2005) which premiered on HBO. She also co-wrote the HBO film, Life Support (2007), directed by Nelson George, and which earned a Golden Globe for Queen Latifah who starred in the film.
In 2000, Weyer produced and directed La Boda, an hour long documentary which screened at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the New York and Los Angeles Latino Film Festivals. La Boda first aired nationally as part of the PBS program, POV-American Documentary, and then again as an “encore performance” during the series’ 2001 line-up.
Weyer then went on to complete, La Escuela which premiered on POV-American Documentary during its 2002 season. La Escuela received Special Jury Prizes from the San Antonio Film Festival and the South by Southwest Film Festival and was awarded the MTV News/Doc Award at the Doubletake Documentary Film Festival. It was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as one of 2003’s top 10 Documentaries for Young Adults.
Weyer received her Master’s degree in Film from New York University. Her short film, The Salesman and Other Adventures won awards at the Sundance, Locarno, Melbourne, Claremont-Ferrand and Tokyo Film Festivals. It was broadcast on Canal+ France, Canal+ Spain, Italy’s EDB, Channel 4 in England, and here in the US on PBS.
For the past 15 years, Hannah has worked with teens in the media arts, volunteering at The Door, Scenarios USA, and Reel Works, and, along with filmmaker Jim McKay started an after school film club at a progressive high school in Brooklyn.