SXS Welcomes Editor & Cinematographer Hannah Long-Higgins 

March 7, 2022

Our short film “Finding Us” has won the 2023 Reel South of North Carolina PBS award at the 12th Annual Richmond International Film Festival. The festival included 195 Official Selection films; from more than 20 countries plus 35 live music acts throughout the week. 

Reel South is a PBS documentary series co-produced by PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and produced in association with Alabama Public Television, Arkansas PBS, Texas PBS, Tennessee Public Television Council, and VPM. Reel South is a platform for and a service to non-fiction filmmakers in the American South working within the region’s tradition of storytelling.

Film Synopsis: Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people to stave off bankruptcy, scattering families across the South, never to see each other again. With the help of DNA databases, their descendants are reconnecting six generations later. “Finding Us” is a portrait of four descendants who are using their unique talents to regrow the family trees felled nearly two centuries ago.

We are excited to welcome Hannah Long-Higgans to the SideXSide team!

As a lifelong musician, Hannah learned from a young age how to bring people into an experience, capture their emotions, and ultimately, to move them. Today, Hannah is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who spent half a decade at BBC News, where she created short docs across the US for a global audience. Through a Davis Project for Peace grant in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp she assisted Syrian refugee journalists in taking their original reporting into the digital space. At SideXSide Hannah brings her human-centric storytelling approach to her camerawork and edits. Hannah speaks German.


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