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Heather Courtney

Venice, CA US
Available for Full Time
Available for Freelance
Open To Mentoring
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I'm a documentary filmmaker with over 20 years of experience. I have directed and produced in rural northern Michigan, rural Mexico, Afghanistan, Texas, and everywhere in between. I love stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


Heather is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, and a Guggenheim, Sundance, and Fulbright fellow. Her film WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM won an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award, and a SXSW Jury Award. Her films have broadcast nationally on PBS, including POV, Independent Lens and America ReFramed, and streamed on Netflix and the Washington Post. She finished two films this pat year – FOR THE RECORD premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest, and her ITVS- and Ford-funded feature documentary BREAKING THE NEWS premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her 14-year-old rescue pit bull Meeps.