Hidden Driver

Hidden Driver is the creative home of Laura Hanna and Astra Taylor, who use every medium at their disposal—documentary, animation, the written word, activist campaigning, and ethical spectacle making—to better understand the world, connect with others, and challenge the status quo.

Laura Hanna

Laura Hanna is a filmmaker, media activist and organizer. She helped launch Strike Debt's Rolling Jubilee initiative, produced The People's Bailout Telethon at Le Poisson Rouge, and co-founded the Debt Collective, an economic justice organization that advocates for the rights of debtors. She is director of Gattis, James, Hammer, and Williams, four long form clemency films about death row inmates in Indiana, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Hanna co-directed the Perpetual Peace Project film series installed in the New Museum, ICA, Goldsmiths, Utrecht University, and the International Peace Institute. She was commissioned to produce short films for The Venice Biennale of Architecture with Kyong Park and Ted Smith. Hanna has directed and produced shorts for The Nation, OR Books, The New Press, MoMA, Creative Time, SEIU, Art Review, The New School and Slought Foundation.

Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor is a writer, documentarian, and organizer. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer and others. Both movies premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Taylor’s writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, n+1, The Baffler, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Examined Life, a companion volume to the film, and coeditor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. She helped launch the Rolling Jubilee and co-founded the Debt Collective. Most recently she is the author of the book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, winner of a 2015 American Book Award. She is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.

Examined Life

A series of contemplative walks with leading theorists including Judith Butler, Peter Singer, Cornel West, Michael Hardt, and others directed by Astra Taylor. Examined Life boldly takes philosophy out of the dark corners of the academy and into the streets, reminding us that… View Project ›

A Housing Urbanism Made of Waste

Filmmaker Laura Hanna collaborated with Architect Teddy Cruz to create A Housing Urbanism Made of Waste in 2008 for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Here, the short is accompanied by Brent Arnold’s wonderful m… View Project ›

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Shuttleworth Fellowship Announcement

Sep 1 2015

Astra here. I am very pleased to announce that I have been granted a
Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship to continue my work around indebtedness and inequality through my involvement with the Debt Collective. This is an amazing opportunity, and one I'm beyond grateful for.

As our ongoing work with defrauded former students of Corinthian Colleges has shown, The Debt Collective has a tremendous amount of potential. The core team is committed to manifesting that potential to the best of our ability over the coming fellowship year.

You can keep up with our activities on Twitter: twitter.com/0debtzone

And as a debt-themed bonus, here's a link to a short piece I recently did for Vice looking at how debt and austerity impact all of us and our cities, even if we are not individually in the red.