Hansell is a Professor of Appalachian Studies in Appalachian State’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and co-director of AppDocs. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Chorus Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His documentary films include Coal Bucket Outlaw (2002), The Electricity Fairy (2010), and After Coal: Welsh and Appalachian Mining Communities (2016).
Dr. Kennedy is a Professor Emeritus of German in Appalachian State’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and director of Kdocfilms. In 2020, his project Germans in Jamaica: War, Spies and Camps (2016) won the Gold Award for Best International Documentary Film at the International Film Festival in Florence, South Carolina. Kennedy’s other documentaries include German Enemy Aliens in the Land of the Sky (2012) and Peter Paul Zahl: German Exile Writer in Jamaica (2007), among other films.
Montes is a graduate student at Appalachian State pursuing her master’s degree in Appalachian studies and the creator of a short documentary titled Everybody Loves Maako. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, she has three decades of experience as a travel writer and is the proud recipient of a Doc Watson Award. Currently, she is working on a documentary about a bluegrass musician named Joe Troop.
High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country region of North Carolina. The program supports faculty in their scholarly activities, promotes their collaborations with community partners and organizes events that help their expertise reach the wider public. High Country Humanities is an initiative of App State’s College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs. Learn more at hchumanities.appstate.edu.