Courtney Hermann is an independent documentary filmmaker and film educator from Portland, Oregon.

Her independent films include Burton Before and After (2017),  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 and co-founder 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.

Above:  Courtney appears in the trailer about  the new  Hollywood Theatre microcinema at the Portland International Airport.  Her students' work was selected for the inaugural program  that ran at the cinema during the fall of  2016 and the winter of 2017.


Burton Before and After (2017) is in film festival distribution and educational distribution through Dark Hollow Films.

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, a major 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 film education and culture.  She is an Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State University, and  presents lectures, talks, and panel discussions for community media organizations and at film events.

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

She instructs Bachelor’s degree-seeking film students in a variety of media production courses including Documentary Production I, Documentary Production II, Documentary Production III, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking, Branded Media Production, Digital Cinematography, Advanced Cinematography, Portfolio and Professional Development, Sound Techniques, and Advanced Production.