Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Abigail Hagan (Seattle) is a videographer, editor, documentary filmmaker, and photographer located in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston where she majored in Media Production with a Minor in History. Her films and photographs focus on social justice, travel, dance, food accessibility, homelessness, immigration, and poverty. She is currently employed as a story editor and associate producer at What’s Next Media, Inc. in Seattle.

Abigail received 2017 GAP Award funding for Wall of Complacency, which is a recently completed independent documentary film which documents various immigrant and refugee communities in her hometown of Houston, demonstrating the vast diversity and nuanced culture of Texas. There is an unfortunate tendency in the mass media to portray Texas as unwelcoming or inhospitable to refugees and immigrants, which is largely fallacious. Through personal testimony, intimate interviews, and video journalism, this film explores topics of immigration, refugee resettlement, and human rights. She aims to dispel stereotypes about refugee and immigrant communities which are gaining strength of late, in part due to increasingly polarized media reporting and the proliferation of xenophobia.

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From the Artist

Words cannot express my appreciation for this generous offer. I believe it is especially important right now to spread the word of the tenacity and strength of Houston in the wake of both Hurricane Harvey and the current move to end DACA. The film that this grant is supporting will show audiences that immigrants and Houstonians are kind and resilient. Thank you again for this opportunity.

Abigail Hagan