Hannah Peterson is a writer and director. Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Her work has screened at Sundance Film Festival, MoMA, REDCAT, Tribeca Film Festival, and Slamdance Film Festival where she was awarded the AGBO fellowship for her short film, East of the River.

She holds an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BA in Screen Studies from the New School. Prior to her work as a director, Hannah mentored under filmmakers Sean Baker and Chloé Zhao.


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Champ


After basketball practice one night, Genevieve reveals a dark secret to her teammates about their coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve works together with her teammates to find a way to retaliate. Starring Eva Noblezada, Champ was made with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute Through Her Lens award.

Premiere: Sundance ‘22
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East of the River


Teonna is unexpectedly suspended from school and is faced with a day on the streets of Washington, DC. Teonna encounters Malik, who is also out of school, and Sara, who left school because she saw more economic opportunity on the streets. The three set out for an adventure that takes them east of the Anacostia river.


Premiere: Slamdance ‘19
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Shook


Starring Sofia Wylie and produced by the Duplass Brothers. The scripted single-camera show centers on 15-year-old Mia , who yearns to dance professionally but is hindered by daily obligations to her family. Mia begins to express her true self through dance with the support of her extroverted best friend, Fredgy, and a new mentor, Ritz, who introduces her to the world of street dance.


Nominated: Emmy for Oustanding Young Adult Program
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Daughter


A short film made in collaboration with Lexus & Elle Magazine. When Nadia sees that her daughter, Momi, has drawn a scene on her tablet, she decides to do something that only she can—bring her daughter’s imagination to life. It’s here that they discover something magical together.


Full Film on Elle.com

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The Graduates


Following the one year anniversary of a school shooting, students and administrators navigate the uncertainty of the future in the months leading up to graduation.