Hannah-Ezzell

Hannah Ezzell

Jamaica, Queens

Film & Storytelling

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

I am continually inspired by the work and life of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. As an author, storyteller, Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma specialist, and spoken-word artist, I see Estés as someone who has built a true life’s work, rooted in full-hearted service, soulful expression, and unapologetic individuality. Her writings/teachings about ‘Story as Medicine’ have completely altered the way that I conceptualize storytelling: as a healing art, ritual, tradition, transformation. Under circumstances that could only be described as serendipitous, Estés once encouraged me to search for stories within my own family history. This small suggestion was revolutionary for me as an artist, especially in my aspiration to tell stories that are both personal and universal, timely and timeless, stories that breathe and bleed, stories that change and challenge me in the telling.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hannah is a sacred storyteller, frequent scribbler, and sometimes filmmaker. She is currently developing a truth-telling and reconciliation process that integrates oral history, community storytelling, and conflict resolution. In addition, she engages in work ‘doctoring’ scripts, writing fables, and taking on numerous odd-jobs in film, theater, and photography.