Powerful Documentary Filmmaking

Joanna is a high level creative that can also pound out the smallest of details. She has the ability to find a story in every subject and tell it in the most authentic way possible. She has her pulse on every emotional aspect and it shows in her work! Did I mention her leadership and strategic thinking skills? Top of the line. I continue to collaborate with Joanna on film projects because she’s the ultimate collaborator, and without batting an eye, I’d give her my highest recommendation!


Amanda Becker
Project Manager, Bolster Creative
Minneapolis, MN
September 11, 2015

Janna was great to work with. She worked with us to create a framework that would work within our budget and timeline. The process was very collaborative and she worked very well with both staff and students. We were unbelievably pleased with our final product. I would not hesitate to recommend Joanna for projects and hope to work with her again in the future.


Danielle Grant
Director of Indian Education: Mpls. Public Schools
Minneapolis, MN
July 7, 2015

Joanna created very impactful media pieces for the Wilder Center for Communities.  She is extraordinarily artistic in how she can align visual and language impact opportunities. Highly recommend Joanna.


Kristine Martin
VP-Wilder Center for Communities at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN
February 2, 2015

Joanna was a thought partner from the very beginning in conceptualizing this project and bringing to life the stories of amazing afterschool opportunities for young people living in small and rural communities across the country…. Her energy and passion for this work was brought to every meeting we had, which contributed to such a great final product…. I would highly recommend Kohler Productions to anyone looking to use video to tell stories that move missions, data and people toward a common goal.


Kim Eisenreich
Senior Associate of Afterschool Initiatives at National League of Cities
December 2, 2014

Joanna is a wonderful producer and talented filmmaker. She created a beautiful video that tells the story of one of our programs with a terrific emotional impact. She is skilled at working with youth and ensuring that videos about youth programs have a strong youth voice. The youth in our program and our program staff loved working with her.


Katherine Meerse
Director, Better Together Hennepin: Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth at Hennepin County
Hennepin County, MN
October 28, 2014

…[Joanna] helped with designing and supporting our production services for the past three years for the Sprockets network, and most recently, helped facilitate a dialogue looking at future directions … She has been a great bridge between the non-profit youth work and non-profit communities fields, and the independent media production field. She always has youth priorities at the forefront, and has taken the time to mentor many youth … And, she has amazing media skills, really helping us take our work to the next level. I thoroughly recommend her to work with.


Nicola Pine
Youth Programs Director, SPNN
St. Paul, MN
August 26, 2014

We were fortunate to have Joanna tell the story of our youth leadership program: Lead Peace. She captured what our program is truly about in a creative and meaningful way. Joanna so genuinely respects and values youth. She is able to illicit responses from youth that are deep and insightful because they feel this respect from her. I hope to collaborate with Joanna on future projects; utilizing her commitment and expertise highlighting young peoples’ achievement.


Pam Russ
A-GRAD Initiative (Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities)
Hennepin County, MN
August 13, 2014

“Joanna was a fabulous asset to the Twin Cities Youth Media Network. Her skills as a facilitator and dedication to youth were commendable. She kept us on task, moving forward and always with the youth members best interest a priority. … She is also a natural teacher and mentor…”


Rebecca Bullen
Media Arts Instructor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Golden Valley, MN
August 5, 2014

“She did beautiful work, on very tight timelines and with a fun, gracious, can-do attitude. I learned a lot in the process and loved the end products. I highly recommend Joanna!”


Kim Vanderwall
Principle Vanderwall Consulting
August 5, 2014

“Joanna has impressive leadership skills, and a natural ability to bring people together. She chaired the SPNN board during part of my board term, and demonstrated great prowess as a facilitator and long-range thinker. Joanna is also a highly skilled storyteller who I’ve worked with on video and communications projects. She is thorough, insightful, and great to collaborate with.”


Matt Ehling
Board Member Minnesota Coalition on Government Information
August 5, 2014

“Joanna is committed to building community through education, artistic expression, and relationships. I strongly recommend Ms. Kohler, she has been a remarkable asset to anyone who has had the opportunity to work her.””


Deanna StandingCloud
Associate Educator MPS Indian Education
August 5, 2014

“Joanna has built a strong reputation in town by collaborating with the best and having a strong core of creative and professional values. She puts all of her effort and heart into everything she does. If you are her client you will only get the very best.”


Daniel Orozco
Supervising Producer Committee Films
August 5, 2014

“…I can’t wait to work with Joanna again – she’s critical to helping us tell the story about the Library’s impact on youth and within the communities we serve.”


Maureen Hartman
Youth Services Manager, Hennepin County Library
Hennepin County, MN
August 5, 2014

“… [Joanna] immediately established rapport with the staff she interviewed, asked great questions during the interview that elicited compelling, insightful, and moving stories, listened carefully during the editing process to feedback and was able to translate the feedback into an inspired final product that was on point!…”{


Jennifer Tvedten
Project Manager, Diversity & InclusionHennepin County
August 5, 2014

“Joanna takes an ordinary assignment and finds a way to create an extraordinary product. She has a gift for finding and telling stories in a way that connects people to the essence of what it’s all about.”


Terri Sullivan
Director Community Strategies: Search Institute
Minneapolis, MN
August 5, 2014

“I would recommend Kohler Productions when you are searching for a way tell a story for your stakeholders, funders, or policy makers about your programs… Kohler Productions helped us tell the story of early successes with our Youth Violence Prevention Initiative resulting in continued funding from the City Council…”


Jan Ficken
Manager, City of Brooklyn Park
August 5, 2014

“Joanna has been an active member in and great asset for the MN chapter of Women in Film and Television. She was integral to a major website overhaul in 2012, … Joanna’s always been great to work with and has added to the strength of MN WIFT as an all-volunteer organization.”


Carly Zuckweiler
Audio Engineer: Audio Chick
Minneapolis, MN
August 5, 2014

“… I served as a documentary juror at the Cleveland International Film Festival. … Some I loved. Others I endured. But only one transformed me. BOXERS by Joanna Kohler. I was riveted by Joanna’s mastery of storytelling and deeply moved by how much heart she was able to discover in the world of boxing and present authentically in her film. … She is a gifted storyteller and filmmaker. …”


Ali Selim
Writer/Director “Sweet Land”
August 5, 2014