COURTNEY HERMANN
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AND FILM EDUCATION
Standing Silent Nation
Standing Silent Nation aired nationally on PBS’s Emmy-award winning documentary series, P.O.V., was favorably reviewed by The New York Times, won the audience award at several film festivals, and was featured at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Distribution: Documentary Educational Resources, Prairie Dust Films, and Visionmaker Video.

Grants/Funding: Native American Public Telecommunications (CPB), POV/American Documentary (CPB), The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, The Playboy Foundation

Film Festival Highlights: Red Nation Film Festival (Best Documentary, Best Producer, Best Director), Indie Spirit Film Festival (Best Native American Documentary), Big Muddy Film Festival (Audience Award), Sedona International Film Festival (Audience Award)

Project Website: www.standingsilentnationfilm.com

PBS interview with the filmmakers: http://www.pbs.org/pov/standing/video_interview.php

Accolades from documentary filmmaker and educator Michael Rabiger:  
"For me the major accomplishment of the film was creating a sense of intimacy with the White Plume family, and a sense of muted outrage that the original inhabitants of the country are blown off by its immigrant government. I have seen no documentary that took me so effortlessly inside the daily life of Native Americans or which gave me more of a feeling for the issues that bear on their quality of life. It was a shame that your film couldn't include a seismic shift in the governmental attititude to their wanting to grow hemp, but that is the reality.  Your filming seemed easy and natural, never forced or strained, with its rhythms and concerns arising naturally from the life of the family. Although it might seem to be an issue film, it is really a work of respectful anthropology. It never patronizes or separates itself from its subjects and as such belongs with Hoop Dreams."