Thomas Hansell

BS, Ohio University School of Telecommunications 

MFA, Goddard College

Tom Hansell is a documentary filmmaker, author, and artist who lives and works in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern US. Hansell teaches Appalachian Studies and Documentary Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and has twenty years experience at the Appalshop media arts center working with students and adults to create media about their communities. Hansell has taught community video workshops in throughout the U.S as well as in China and Indonesia.

Hansell’s documentary work has been broadcast nationally on public television and has screened at international film festivals. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  His breakout documentary Coal Bucket Outlaw was funded by the Independent Television Service and received US national broadcast. His 2010 documentary project, The Electricity Fairy, screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was selected by the Southern Arts Association for the Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers.  

Hansell's most recent documentary After Coal: Welsh and Appalachian Mining Communities  explores how two former coal communities are building on the past to create a new future.  After Coal had its UK premiere at the 2016 Hay Festival in and has screened at film festivals and theaters throughout the US.  A companion book for the documentary, titled After Coal: Stories of Survival from Appalachia and Wales, will be available from by West Virginia University Press in November of 2018.

Title: Associate Professor; Interim director, Center for Appalachian Studies; Co-director, University Documentary Film Services
Department: Appalachian Studies & University Documentary Film Services

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7715