COURTNEY HERMANN
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AND FILM EDUCATION
International Documentary Challenge
From 2008-2012, Courtney Hermann and her Documentary Production students participated in the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where teams from across the world are given a documentary subgenre and a theme, and must create a 4-7 minute film from start to finish in just 5 days.

Courtney and her students have produced 10 films in all--4 were selected as contest finalists and premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto. One film garnered additional commendations as the winner of the POV/American Documentary award. Three were selected for inclusion in the "Best of Doc Challenge" DVD, distributed by Typecast Releasing and KDHX Community Media.
The Power Point document below, created for a workshop Courtney was invited to present at the University Film and Video Association meeting in 2012, uses  experiences with the International Documentary Chalenge as case studies to address how instructors might manufacture a scenario where there’s enough at stake to motivate students to commit themselves to the cause of a collaborative project, and in the process open up a wealth of opportunities to learn about filmmaking and about themselves as filmmakers.

UPROOTED (2011)

Uprooted investigates the displacement of a Vancouver, WA neighborhood due to the expansion of a nearby hospital campus, and the neighborhood’s remaining residents.

The Southwest Washington Medical Center gradually bought up lots in the North Garrison Heights Neighborhood, put the houses on blocks, and either hauled them away, or left them vacant.
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ENCHANTED WAY (2012)

In Enchanted Way, Austin Baker takes the viewer to the Enchanted Forest, a theme park in Turner, OR that also happens to be his family’s business. While visiting, Austin talks with the founder of the park, his grandfather, who encourages Austin to follow his dreams, even if his dreams do not include a future working alongside the family.

Enchanted Way earned the contest's award for "Best Use of Genre" in the First-Person category.
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THE ROMANCE SIDE (2012)

The Romance Side offers a look inside of the Albany Carousel project in Albany, OR, a volunteer-run effort to construct an early 1900's style carousel from scratch. In the process of laboring over the carousel, retirement-aged volunteers have forged a strong sense of community and the pride of individual purpose.
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LOPRINZI'S IRON (2012)

Loprinzi's Iron profiles a world famous Portland gym and its owner, Bob Hill. Loprinzi's, with its old school atmosphere and equipment, looks and feels just about the same today as it did when it opened in 1948, but members say that its aging fitness gear rivals and even surpasses the quality of the high tech machines found at new gyms.

Loprinzi's Iron earned the contest's award for "Best Use of Genre" in the Science/Technology category.
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JETTY (2008)

A "Mom and Pop" fishery on the Oregon Coast is threatened by an ecologically unsustainable crabbing policy.

Jetty won a place among the 12 finalists in the competition. Courtney and several of her students traveled to Toronto for Jetty's premiere at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. It screened later that year at Dokufest in Prizren, Kosova and at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Jetty was then selected for the "Best of Doc Challenge DVD," where Courtney and her students are interviewed in the DVD extras. It is distributed by Typecast Films and is available on Netflix.

The Doc Challenge website features a video of Courtney Hermann and members of her class discussing their experience and offers a classroom guide that Courtney helped develop.
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PIPE DREAM (2009)

Pipe Dream examines the debate over the proposed liquid natural gas pipelines, slated for construction across the state.

It was selected as one of the 13 contest finalists, and premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, where it took home the prize for "Best Use of Genre" in the Nature category. It also screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

CITIZEN WARE (2009)

Citizen Ware is a character sketch about the 74-year-old mayor and newspaper editor of Brownsville, OR and his colorful constituents.

The Times, Brownsville’s paper, featured a front page article about the students’ Doc Challenge piece on March 11, 2009.

INTO THE SEA (2010)

Into the Sea chronicles the history of an Oregon seaside resort called Bayocean that fell into the ocean in the last century, and a current town, Neskowin, that is likewise threatened by coastal erosion.
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DEATH GOES GREEN (2010)

Death Goes Green is an intimate portrait of the pioneers of Oregon's green burial movement. This film
was selected as one of the 12 contest finalists, and premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, where it took home the prize for "Best Use of Genre" in the Nature/Environmental category.

Death Goes Green also screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It is available on the "Doc Challenge Best of 2010" compilation through KDHX Community Media.
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NOT SO SQUARE (2011)

Not So Square is a light-hearted portrait of an aging square dancing community and its assertion that young people would love it if they would just give it a try. This was selected as one of the 12 contest finalists, and premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, where it won the POV/American Documentary Award. The award included a $1,000 prize and a spot among the short films streaming on POV's award-winning website. Not So Square is also available on the "Doc Challenge Best of 2011" compilation through KDHX Community Media.
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Behind the Scenes Photos 2008-2012