Courtney Hermann is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and film and video educator from Portland, Oregon. She received the inaugural Outstanding Faculty Award at the Art Institute of Portland in 2006, where she is a faculty member and the Visual Arts Coordinator--heading the Digital Film and Video department and the Photography and Design department. In 2012, Courtney was nominated for Hand-Eye Supply/Core 77's contest, "Portland's Most Inspirational Makers" and subsequently was voted in as "Portland's Creative Overlord". She holds an MFA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied with Michael Rabiger and Herb DiGioia. Courtney's most recent independent films include Crying Earth Rise Up (in-progress), Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), and Standing Silent Nation (2007). Crying Earth Rise Up (in-progress) is funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Native American Public Telecommunications. Production is wrapping and post-production is in full swing. Exotic Word and the Burlesque Revival (2012) enjoyed a World Premiere in Summer 2012 at dOCUMENTA13, an important exhibition of modern artâ€“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 PBSâ€™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 Institutionâ€™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 Native American Public Telecommunications, The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media and The Playboy Foundation. In 2011, she worked on a sucessful Kickstarter campaign that brought in over $27,000 in online support and $5,000 in other individual donor support for post-production expenses on Exotic World.