Heather Courtney

Heather Courtney is a filmmaker, cinematographer and photographer based in Austin, Texas. Her recently completed LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE, which uses cross-border video letters to tell the immigration story from the perspective of the women left behind in Mexico, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January, screened at the South by Southwest International Film Festival (SXSW), and was funded by a Fulbright and grant from the Independent Television Service (ITVS). It aired on some 60 PBS stations around the country in Fall 2006.

Her previous film, LOS TRABAJADORES/ THE WORKERS, won the Audience Award at SXSW in 2001, and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2003. In addition, it has screened at over 40 national and international film festivals and conferences, as well as at countless grassroots screenings in conjunction with immigrant rights groups all over Austin and the rest of Texas. She is currently producing the Texas segment of a national PBS documentary on the health insurance crisis.
Prior to receiving her graduate degree in film, Heather spent eight years writing and photographing for the United Nations and several refugee and immigrant rights organizations, including in the Rwandan refugee camps after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


Production Credits

Director/ Producer
Heather Courtney

 Kyle Henry
Sandra Guardado

Heather Courtney
René Peñaloza Galván

Original Music
Alex Chavez