gif of light moving across a desert landscape

"Badlands Time", from Topography (a work in progress multimedia documentary), 2022

Hannah Jayanti

Film/Video/New Media
Artist in Residence, 2022
McEvoy Family Award

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Artist Statement

I’m a documentary filmmaker, organizer, and educator. I direct, produce, shoot, edit, and do sound. My work explores ethics and politics through process and form, and is centered around questions of landscape, listening, memory, time, capitalism, and interdependence.

My work has been supported by Sundance Institute, Sundance Edit & Story Lab, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult, Points North Institute, New York Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, among others. My work has been screened at institutions and festivals including Rotterdam, Sheffield, Dok Leipzig, the Smithsonian, Museum of the Moving Image, Tribeca Storyscapes, UnionDocs, Maysles Documentary Center, among others.

My organizing work includes co-creating spaces that model anti-capitalist practices while creating surprising futures. My work as an educator is focused on free and low cost media training through community media centers and public access stations.


While at Headlands

I will be focusing on Topography, a multimedia documentary project exploring how humans relate to, and separate ourselves from, “nature”. Set in and around US National Parks, Topography fragments across time, species, scales, and histories to reveal how different perspectives shape the land and its futures. The project includes documentary films, immersive experiences, interactive websites, performances, and installations.

Selected Work

Hannah Jayanti, Truth or Consequences [trailer], 2020; Directed, produced, written, edited and shot by Hannah Jayanti. In collaboration with Alexander Porter, Sara Archambault, Bill Frisell and others. Full film at