Laura Hanna

Laura Hanna

Laura Hanna is co-founder of HiddenDriver. She is director of Gattis (2011), James (2008) and Hammer (2010), three long form films about death row inmates in Indiana, Delaware, and Virginia.

Currently she is co-director of the Perpetual Peace Project which has been installed in the New Museum, ICA, Utrecht, and screened in philosophy courses at Goldsmiths, Utrecht University, and the International Peace Institute.

In 2008 she made A Housing Urbanism Made of Waste (MoMA) and was commissioned to produce short films for The Venice Biennale of Architecture with Kyong Park and Ted Smith. She has directed and produced shorts for The Nation, OR Books, The New Press, Creative Commons, SEIU, Art Review, New School and Slought Foundation. She is the editor of Zizek! and The Greenhorns.

Her written work has been published in Volume, C-Lab and Fence Magazine.

Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor is a writer and documentarian born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Athens, Georgia.  She was named one of the 25 New Faces to Watch in independent cinema by Filmmaker Magazine in the summer of 2006. She co-directed “The Miracle Tree,” a short documentary about infant malnutrition in Senegal, and associate produced “Persons of Interest” (Sundance 2004), about the round up and detention of Muslims and Arabs in the aftermath of September 11th.  Her first film, “Zizek!,” screened at festivals, in theaters, and on television around the world and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.  “Examined Life,” a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 before opening theatrically.  A companion book is available from The New Press.  Astra has also contributed to Monthly Review, Adbusters, Salon, Alternet, The Nation, Bomb Magazine and other outlets.