ELISA SALEM HERRMANN is a filmmaker and video artist from Brazil, with a Master of Fine Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts from SIUC, a degree in Art Education, and a specialization in Audiovisual Communication. In 2008, Herrmann received a Fulbright grant for academically excellent students, which paid for Masters applications in the USA.

In the past four years, Elisa produced and directed two short experimental films in 16mm, which were both screened at local festivals in Southern Illinois. 3 1/2 Minutes was awarded best editing in the 1st Annual SPC–TV Film and Television Awards (May 2011). The artist also produced and directed narrative and experimental shorts in video format, and The Gaze was awarded best narrative short film in the 2011 Little Muddy Media Arts Festival. Elisa Herrmann’s latest film, In The Eyes of Others (2012), a 30–minute narrative about domestic violence, combines art and social engagement, which is Elisa’s current main interest.

Elisa also has experience with documentaries, TV shows, and concerts: in July 2011, she worked as a production assistant for My Morning Jacket Unstaged, directed by Todd Haynes and produced by Killer Films.

Elisa joined SIUC’s Department of Cinema and Photography as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Film Production in the fall of 2012.