Joanna is the owner of Kohler Productions, a production company focused on community storytelling and advises on strategies to facilitate community voices in the telling of their own stories. In addition to these skills, Joanna has over fourteen years of experience in documentary filmmaking, youth work and youth media education, including her previous position as the Coordinator for the Twin Cities Youth Media Network.
Joanna is an award winning filmmaker receiving multiple Jerome Foundation grants, directed three feature films, completed training with the Institute for Cultural Affairs – participatory facilitation, New Mexico’s Media Literacy Institute and been a Fellow with the Creative Community and Leadership Institute supported by both the Bush Foundation and Intermedia Arts. Joanna’s education includes a B.A. in Social Documentary from the University of Minnesota and some graduate courses in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute. In addition, Joanna has work with many community initiatives as both a strategist and producer and served as a chair on the Board of Director’s with SPNN and a Communications Committee member with Minnesota Women in Film and Television.
Passionate filmmaking used to tell reflective community stories that create sustainable change is what drives the work of Joanna Kohler.
2006 Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant
2007 Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant
2012 Regional Emmy Nominated Producer
2012 Creative Community Leadership Institute Fellow