Tom Hansell


Meet Tom:

Tom Hansell is co-director of University Documentary Film Services and an associate professor in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University.  He is a documentary filmmaker and installation artist who has worked on creative placemaking projects in Appalachia for more than 20 years.  His documentary films (Coal Bucket Outlaw, The Electricity Fairy, and After Coal) have been broadcast on public television and screened at international film festivals.  A companion book for the After Coal documentary will be published by West Virginia University Press in 2018.

His favorite documentary may be Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category (directed by Anthony Slone and Scott Faulkner for Appalshop Films in 1975)  Then again, Harlan County USA by Barbara Koppel is hard to beat.

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