Elisa Herrmann, MFA


Elisa Herrmann is a filmmaker and video artist from Brazil, with a degree in Art Education from UFPR, a specialization in Audiovisual Communication from PUC-PR, and a Master of Fine Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts from SIU.

In the past years, Elisa produced and directed short experimental films, which were screened at festivals in the USA. “3 1/2 Minutes” was awarded best editing at the 1st Annual SPC-TV Film and Television Awards (May 2011), and “A Envenenadora” was awarded best experimental film at the 2015 Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival. The artist also produced and directed narrative short films, and “The Gaze” was awarded best narrative short film in the 2011 Little Muddy Media Arts Festival. Elisa Herrmann is also an awarded screenwriter with her short film “Death Expectancy”, a dark comedy that deals with loneliness, the elderly, and technological advancements. Elisa has just finalized her first feature screenplay “The Great Adventure of the Bentley Girls”, and plans to submit it to screenwriting festivals. Elisa’s latest filmmaking work, the awarded short documentary “Rodrigo Herrmann – Life and Works”, premiered in Curitiba, Brazil, during the 34th Music Festival of Curitiba, and screened at several international film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner.

Elisa joined Sam Houston State University’s Department of Mass Communication as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication in the fall of 2014, where she teaches film and continues to produce her own films. In the fall of 2016, she was appointed as the BA Film Program Coordinator at SHSU, advising students and promoting the film program.