Thomas S. Hansell is a documentary filmmaker and installation artist who lives and works in the Appalachian Mountains. 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. Hansell’s documentary Coal Bucket Outlaw was broadcast on public television in 30 states. His most recent documentary project, The Electricity Fairy, screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010 and was recently selected by the Southern Arts Association for the Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers.