COURTNEY HERMANN
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AND FILM EDUCATION
Accolades

"There are teachers that students will work for, and then there are teachers who inspire their students to work. Courtney Hermann inspired us. From everything I've seen of Courtney's work, whether in the classroom or on the screen, there is an undeniable passion alive in it. I believe that whatever Courtney decides to do, it will be the people around her, and the final product that will benefit the greatest.”
                                                                                                                                                                    --Don Andrews, Editor/Writer

“Above all others, Courtney inspired me to become who I am and do what I do today. I had no idea what I was good at or what my focus should be within the realm of video production. It was through every non-fiction class she taught that I saw my true purpose in life: documentary filmmaking. It was her enthusiasm, passion, immense knowledge and her ability to convey that through her lectures extremely effectively that infected me with the non-fiction bug. She is a friend and mentor and her knowledge of filmmaking and story telling is immense, profound and inspiring.”
                                                                                                                                                                       --Andrew Harris, Non-fiction Shooter/Editor

“Courtney was an incredible mentor during my time as a student at the Art Institute of Portland. I remember being consistently blown away by her dedication to the students and sincerity with which she cared about us. Courtney believed in guiding us to be better artists, better thinkers, and even better people. I owe a great deal of my development as a media professional and an artist to Courtney's advocacy, her guidance, her patience and the confidence of expression I've gained by following her example both in school and out.”
                                                                                                                                                                           --Alec Cohen, Writer

“As one of Courtney’s former students I can attest to her skills as an educator. She is one of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. Utilizing skills taught by her I have landed many jobs. She invested in me as a person and has been an amazing influence on my life. I could go on forever about how much my time with Courtney has meant to me and my fellow students, but the bottom line is: Only good things can come from learning from her. In my book, she’s one of the best ever.”
                                                                                                                                                                           --Andrew Koraleski, Producer/Writer

“Courtney manages with exactly the mix of directness and kindness that promotes creative drive and teamwork among her subordinates. Even under moments of incredible stress and multiple deadlines, Courtney keeps herself driven and collected, and uses her positive energy and ceaseless charisma to drive her teams through the finish of their projects. I've frequently been impressed with her ability to prioritize and triage project intricacies, either foreseen or otherwise. Having Courtney on just about any team is a good idea.”
                                                                                                                                                                           --Christopher Willett, Editor

“Courtney is, by far, one of the most dedicated professors and filmmakers that Portland and overall film community has to offer! Her outstanding creativity and motivation shows not only in her teaching style but in the way she pushes everyone around her to do nothing but the best work possible!”
                                                                                                                                                                          --Paulius Kontijevas, Cinematographer

"I credit Courtney with helping me to produce four feature documentaries that together garnered a Telly award, screened in over 60 festivals worldwide, won four best documentary awards and one that obtained a limited theatrical release. Courtney helped provide me the courage to believe in myself and my abilities and I highly recommend her to students of the documentary craft.”
                                                                                                                                                                        --Aaron Kirk Douglas, Documentary Producer