Elisa Herrmann, MFA, EdD


Elisa Herrmann is a filmmaker from Brazil, with a degree in Art Education from Federal University of Parana, a graduate certificate in Audiovisual Communication from Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, a Master of Fine Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University, and an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Sam Houston State University.

In the past years, Elisa produced and directed several short films, which were screened in festivals worldwide. Elisa’s awarded short documentary “Rodrigo Herrmann – Life and Works” premiered in Curitiba, Brazil, during the prestigious 34th Music Festival of Curitiba, and screened at several international film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner. Elisa is also an awarded screenwriter with her short screenplay “Death Expectancy” and feature screenplay “The Great Adventure of the Bentley Girls”. Elisa’s first feature documentary about the Brazilian religion Umbanda premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as part of the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition. Elisa’s latest short documentary “Undocumented: A Dream of Education” has been screened in festivals and conferences worldwide and has won Best Film at the 2022 Tampa Bay Latin International Film Festival.

Elisa is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication and the Coordinator of the BA in Film at Sam Houston State University, where she teaches film production, advises students, promotes the program, and continues to produce her own films.