Heather Courtney


Heather is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, and a Guggenheim, Sundance, and Fulbright fellow. Her film WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM was broadcast on the PBS series POV, and won an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award, and a SXSW Jury Award. 

The film received positive reviews in the NYT and the Washington Post, and was supported by many grants and fellowships including from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the United States Artists Fellowship. Heather was also a fellow at the Sundance Edit and Story Lab.

She co-directed and produced a Ford-funded feature documentary on DACA students, called THE UNAFRAID, which was broadcast on the national PBS series America ReFramed in 2019.

Her earlier films include LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE (supported by a Fulbright) and LOS TRABAJADORES (IDA Award, SXSW Audience Award, and Indie Lens broadcast). Her latest feature documentary, Breaking The News, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2023, and her latest short documentary, For The Record, about a community newspaper in rural Texas, screened at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and DC/Dox.

Prior to receiving her MFA in Film, Heather spent eight years writing and photographing for the United Nations and several relief agencies, including in the Rwandan refugee camps after the 1994 genocide. She lives in LA with her husband and her 14-year-old pitbull rescue.