HANNAH HEER was born in Vienna. She is an award-winning filmmaker and artist, who is working in numerous media, including film, video, installation and photography.
Hannah Heer's documentary film, KOL ISHAH: THE RABBI IS A WOMAN (2007/2010), provides an unprecedented insight into the rabbinical world, as experienced by four diverse women rabbis. Hannah Heer's innovative feature length documentary films include THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE - SIMON WIESENTHAL (1995), with music by John Zorn; and THE OTHER EYE (1991); both films were produced and directed by Hannah Heer in collaboration with Werner Schmiedel.
Hannah Heer's media artwork include conceptual pieces as well as poetic forms.
Hannah Heer created GOLD (1983-85), a 3-part-video by Hannah Heer & Werner Schmiedel, and GOLD - SUDDENLY GOLD IMAGES (1985). GOLD is a Multi-Media Installation, which was commissioned originally by the World Wide Video Festival for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. In 2012, Hannah Heer & Werner Schmiedel created a fourth video in this series, entitled GOLD - Variation.
Hannah Heer is known for her innovative lighting design as Director of Photography on feature films; her credits include the films SUGARBABY (1984), DECODER (1983), DOG’s NIGHT SONG (1982) and SUBWAY RIDERS (1981).
Hannah Heer was guest professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Film Academy Vienna), she taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and she gave Lectures at Colleges in the USA.
Besides TV screenings on three continents, Hannah Heer’s films, videos and art work has been invited to international film festivals, such as the Berlin Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and festivals in Los Angeles, The Hague, Rotterdam, Valladolid, Vienna and in many other cities. Hannah Heer's work is also exhibited at Movie Theaters, Colleges, Libraries, Community Centers, Synagogues, Galleries and Museums.