Sundance Babes: Women Directors–Weyer, Hannah (Arresting Gena)

Hannah Weyer is an indie filmmaker living in New York who has written, directed and produced narrative and documentary films. Her films have screened at the Human Rights Watch and Sundance Film Festivals

Weyer received her Master’s degree in Film from New York University in 1994.

Her short film, The Salesman and Other Adventures won awards at the Sundance, Locarno, and Melbourne Film Festivals. It was broadcast in the U.S. on PBS.

Her feature debut, “Arresting Gena,” was one of the weakest entries in the dramatic competition of the 1997 Sundance Film fest.

In 2000, Weyer produced and directed La Boda, an hour-long docu which screened at the Human Rights Watch Film Fest and the New York and Los Angeles Latino Film Fests. La Boda first aired as part of the PBS program, POV-American Documentary, and then again as an “encore performance” during the series’ 2001 line-up.

Weyer then made La Escuela, which premiered on POV-American Documentary during its 2002 season. La Escuela received Special Jury Prizes from the San Antonio Film Fest. It was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as one of 2003’s top 10 Documentaries for Young Adults.

Weyer frequently collaborates with writer/director Jim McKay (Girls Town, Our Song, Everyday People), with whom 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.

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 began an after school film club at a high school in Brooklyn.

She also wrote a novel set in Far Rockaway, Queens, “On The Come Up” published by Nan Talese/Knoff in 2013.