Susan Hartmann


Susan Hartmann

As Director of Communications for Vision Maker Media, Susan serves as the liaison between producers, vendors, and the organization. She manages the details of each marketing project, DVD authoring, and creative service—ensuring that deadlines, budgets, and technical specifications are met while projects move from concept to completion. Susan graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a master's degree in journalism and business marketing. 

She has held leadership roles with the International Association of Business Communicators, Lincoln, Nebraska chapter. Prior to joining Vision Maker Media, Susan worked as a communications team leader for the Nebraska Forest Service, was a secondary education teacher of journalism/publications and English for a public school system, was a communications and marketing director for a Nebraska-grown for-profit company, and worked in state government and non-profits in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Job Title: 
Director of Communications
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Blog Series:

Vision Maker Media awarded more than $460,000 to seven projects by filmmakers across the nation to produce documentaries for PBS stations. “The goal of the open call is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” says Vision Maker MediaExecutive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We encourage Native Americans to take on significant creative leadership roles, such as director, producer and editor. We want Native voices to have creative control, and not just in an advisory capacity.”

Blog Series:

Vision Maker Media announces the results of its annual open call, which provides funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to filmmakers who tell Native stories. This year, Vision Maker Media has awarded more than $455,000 to seven projects headed up by filmmakers from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest and Southwest. None of these filmmakers have previously been awarded funding by Vision Maker Media.




Native stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives for your station!


Current funding, job, and training opportunities that support the production of Native content. Plus, additional information for filmmakers.


Hands-on educational tools for middle school to college-aged students that increase the Impact of Native films in the classroom.