COURTNEY HERMANN
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AND FILM EDUCATION
WORKSHOPS
Courtney Hermann instructs youth and adults in film and video courses and workshops.  She has been a regular instructor at the NW Film Center School of Film and NW Documentary Arts & Media, where she has taught intensive production courses and limited session workshops.
This video was made in conjunction with participants at the THRIVE Northwest Area Indian Health Board conference in Portland, OR; a one-week experience for Native youth leaders across the Northwest and beyond.

It appears on the website WERNATIVE, an online health resources for, by and about Native youth.

It won the Heart Award for Authenticity and Humane Treatment of a Subject at Fresh Film Northwest. 
This documentary, Urban Birder, was produced by Tarin Jordan, a student from the DIY Documentary course at NW Documentary Arts and media. It went on to be selected for inclusion in Oregon Lens, an Oregon Public Broadcasting series that features the work of  local filmmakers.

DIY Documentary students, many of who have little to no filmmaking experience, immerse themselves in this intensive filmmaking experience, make a short doc from start to finish, and show the end product at the Homegrown Doc Fest,  a fundraising event for NW Documentary held at a local theater.
Wane, by Cameron Behbahany, was made as a final project for the Art of Film I class at the NW Film Center School of film.

Art of Film I is a core class which covers all aspects of film and video production, and is required for certificate-seeking students.

The assigment was to develop, pre-produce, shoot and edit a 3-minute  film in one of the following genres:  fiction, documentary, experimental or a hybrid.
 
This short documentary, made by youth ages 13-17 years old, features Project Youth Doc, a 4-week summer course in filmmaking sponsored by The Hollywood Theatre and held at Grant High School.

This particular group of 6 youth produced 5 short films, covering topics from digital journalism to an ice cream making competition.  One film is currently being used in the marketing efforts of a local business.
"Courtney's an amazing teacher.  She's got so much sensitivity for how to craft a beautiful piece on every topic we brought up.  It comes across as if she's actually worked on all those topics herself because she shows equal respect for every type of documentary style or topic we wanted to explore.  She's an incredible problem-solver in terms of visual, narrative structure, story arc, and the technical aspects of shooting and editing.  And even with that she always solicited sutdents to help each other out with questions." 

--DIY Documentary Student (from a course evaluation feedback form)