Goodnight Ladies is a 35 minute documentary short film that tells the story of one of the world’s most famous Master of Fox Hounds, Nancy Penn Smith Hannum and the legacy she left behind. Breaking every bone in her body over a lifetime of fast horses and big fences, Hannum was known the world over and celebrated by Alfred Hitchcock, Sports Illustrated, and Life Magazine. Yet, Hannum cared only for the open land, horses and hounds. Goodnight Ladies is the tale of a modern day Artemis, an ancient sport and Hannum’s struggle to protect a world she inherited. For her granddaughter, filmmaker Christianna, Goodnight Ladies is a tiny window into American class and the universal mortality of a woman at the end of her life - a legend no one ever believed would be gone. Super 16 mm film with animation.
Christianna Potter Hannum
Christianna Hannum was born on a farm in Pennsylvania and spent her childhood riding horses with her grandmother - a legendary horsewoman and one of the world’s greatest Masters of Foxhunting. Hannum founded Swim Pictures in order to make a feature film KEEPING SOUND, which later became GOODNIGHT LADIES. She worked with celebrated artists, animator Emily Hubley (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH), editor, Ray Hubley and cinematographer, David Leitner to create GOODNIGHT LADIES. Hannum works as a writer and a fundraiser, serves on the Curatorial Committee for the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. She lives in Kennett Square, PA with her children. GOODNIGHT LADIES is her first film.