Field Studio is a collaboration of Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, married documentary filmmakers based in Richmond, Virginia. We make media at the intersection of history and social justice, producing independent story-driven films as well as promotional video for nonprofits, universities, and small businesses.
We work with our clients to create media that capture the personalities behind an organization, document meaningful stories, and meet marketing goals. With 10 years of combined experience working in nonprofit communications and program management, we understand organizational dynamics, the challenge of producing media that will serve multiple audiences, and the value of conveying resonant stories. We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t, why it’s absolutely essential to meet or beat deadlines, and how to craft a budget that will enable great work without excess spending.
In our independent film work, we focus on history, race, and justice. Our first film, That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town, won the Audience Award for Short Documentary at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival. Our work has also been featured in the PBS Online Film Festival, on the storytelling website Narratively, and at various film festivals. Our most recent film, An Outrage (an-outrage.com), about lynching in the American South, premiered at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in March 2017. In April, An Outrage won the audience award at the Indie Grits Film Festival. Starting this fall, the Southern Poverty Law Center will distribute the film and a complementary curriculum to its network of nearly 500,000 teachers as parts of its Teaching Tolerance project. We're now presenting the film at festivals, universities, and museums around the country.
In May 2017, we were selected to join the inaugural class of Visiting Artists sponsored by the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to create video stories about health equity. In June 2017, we received a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to produce The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia, a hidden history of a remarkable African American restaurateur nearly forgotten. The Hail-Storm will premiere at the third annual John Dabney Dinner at the Fire, Flour & Fork food festival in Richmond in November 2017.
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.
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