Courtney Hermann is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker based in Portland, OR. Courtney comes to NW Documentary after a decade-long stint with the Art Institute of Portland’s Digital Film and Video Department, including leading the department as Visual Arts Coordinator. She continues to serve as a faculty member at the Art Institute and now also teaches throughout Portland, does freelance film production, and focuses on her independent film work.
Courtney’s most recent independent films include Crying Earth Rise Up (in-progress), Standing Silent Nation, chronicling the Lakota Indians’ struggle against the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which screened on PBS’s “POV” series, and Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival, about the last days of an old Route 66 roadside attraction.
Her films have won grant funding from The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Native American Public Telecommunications, “POV”/American Documentary (CPB), The Playboy Foundation, The Seventh Generation Fund, and other sources, including multiple highly successful Kickstarter campaigns.
Courtney holds an MFA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied with Michael Rabiger and Herb DiGioia.