INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING MATTERS
Seattle based filmmaker Hannah Guggenheim got her start in film at the Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berekey, CA a celebrated media facility that is home to a community of over 30 independent feature and documentary filmmakers with dozens of Academy awards and countless nominations.
With an MFA from San Francisco State University’s Cinema Studies Department, Guggenheim’s work as a filmmaker began with a keen interest in social justice. Hannah studied in Brazil with School for International Training. With a focus on beauty; not the abject, cameras were donated to children who documented their barrio community. With the funds from the exhibit, a library was opened.
Years later she created a similar photo collaboration/social engagement project, this time with gang members in San Francisco’s Mission District.
From still photography to feature filmmaking, her award winning collaborative film
“ Benji and Judah” investigates disability, the healthcare system and its relationship to poverty in Oakland, California.
Most of Hannah’s recent film work has focused on social change through digital storytelling. This includes working across Alaska on various collaborative film projects including, the “Choose Respect” anti-bullying media campaign, a non-violent communication digital tool kit that was distributed to schools across Alaska. Hannah worked with Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska where students returned to their rural villages in Alaska to document their experiences with climate change.
Currently Hannah Guggenheim is the filmmaker for THRIVING COMMUNITIES, an initiative of the WHIIDBEY INSTITUTE. This program, is a call to action; to tell stories in collaboration with people and processes that celebrate communities as they grow.
With a deep focus on the root structures of humanity and beyond our lens is focused on the needs of any human, including stories about resilience highlighting food, water, shelter, art, health and wellness.
Our films focus on inclusivity and equity, with a diversity of storytellers.
Our inquiry includes the beautiful, learning, teachable, parts that are sometimes not easy to unpack or discuss. TC 2.0 is making films and supporting continued conversations that inspire us all.
We are still telling stories about thriving communities, but we’re continuing to explore additional topics of invisibility, inequality and the unseen.
While not on location, Hannah teaches lives with her wife and their son on Whidbey Island. Her teaching work includes Ex’Pression College for Digital Arts, San Francisco State University and University of California, Monterey, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.