Courtney Hermann is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and film and video educator from Portland, Oregon. Her most recent independent films include Crying Earth Rise Up (2015), Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), and Standing Silent Nation (2007). 

Courtney is an Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State University where she teaches film production classes.

She is a co-owner of Boxcar Assembly, a non-fiction media production company. 

Courtney holds an MFA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied with Michael Rabiger and Herb DiGioia.
 In 2012, Courtney was nominated for Hand-Eye Supply/Core 77's contest, "Portland's Most Inspirational Makers" and subsequently was voted in as "Portland's Creative Overlord".


Crying Earth Rise Up (2015) was funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Vision Maker Media and is distributed to Public Television nationwide through NETA.  In addition to broadcast, DVD and film festival distribution, Crying Earth is programmed by organizations, schools and community partners in Native and non-Native America.

Exotic Word and the Burlesque Revival (2012) enjoyed a World Premiere in Summer 2012 at dOCUMENTA13, an important exhibition of modern art–an event that only happens once every 5 years and features art from around the world. The popularity of the film prompted programmers to add 2 additional screenings. Exotic World is currently screening at film festivals, microcinema venues and art museums.

Standing Silent Nation (2007) aired nationally on PBS’s Emmy-award winning documentary series, P.O.V., was favorably reviewed by The New York Times, and won the audience award at several film festivals, including the Sedona International Film Festival. The film was featured daily at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. in July 2008.  It has also been programmed by numerous libraries, organizations, colleges and universities across the country.
Courtney's work has earned grant awards from CPB's Vision Maker Media, The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Honor the Earth and The Playboy Foundation.  She worked on successful Kickstarter campaigns for Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival and Crying Earth Rise Up that each brought in over $27,000 in online support along with other individual donor support for post-production expenses.


Courtney is committed to media arts education and culture. She has presented a number of lectures, talks, panels and screenings, at events sponsored by Women in Film Portland, NW Documentary Arts and Media, the University Film and Video Association, Oregon Women in Higher Education, Oregon Media Production Association, and Film Action Oregon/The Hollywood Theatre.

In 2006, Courtney received the inaugural Outstanding Faculty Award at the Art Institute of Portland. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State University where she teaches film production courses.

Courtney and her students participated in five International Documentary Challenge contests where they earned a place among the top 12 finalists four times and won the POV/American Documentary Award once.

Her former students are counted among independent filmmakers and media professionals from New York to Los Angeles and points in between.

Abovet:  Courtney appears in the trailer about  the new  Hollywood Theatre microcinema at
the Portland International Airport.