Kori Feener

Kori Feener

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Other

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Shorts


Kori Feener is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist who believes in the power of storytelling. Feener’s work has been screened in festivals, and at events and universities across the United States.

In 2013, she released Hard Way Home, a feature that gave her the unique opportunity to turn the camera on herself as she attempted to thru-hike 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Hard Way Home premiered at the Virginia Film Festival in 2013 to a sold-out crowd and went on to win the Best Feature award at the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Feener is also working on a long-term feature documentary entitled Bea with Emmy award-winning cinematographer Allen Moore. Bea is a coming of age tale about a young girl with a genetic condition so rare, no one else in the world has it.

She has worked as an Assistant Editor to the award-winning documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, and is a Board Member of the Non-Fiction Cartel, a working collaborative whose purpose is to support, create and enhance documentary media making in the New England area. She is a documentary cinematographer, she has shot for the VII Foundation, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick of Chain Camera Pictures, Ester Brym, AJ Plus, Reuters and Buzzfeed. She is also a Contributor at DigBoston and a freelance Photojournalist with her work having been featured in the Associated Press and Democracy Now!


Hard Way Home (2013)

Role: Director

Sometimes the best way to let go of a troubled past is to literally walk as far away from it as possible. Hard Way Home is an intimate journey of the filmmaker as she struggles physically and emotionally to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Filled with a cast of misfit hikers, wandering poets and other similar souls, the trek takes on surprising meaning about the values of human connection and freedom that in the process helps the filmmaker to overcome a difficult relationship. In the vein of classic first person documentary films like Sherman’s March, and the recently successful Maidentrip, this documentary is a personal journey with mostly point of view cinematography that takes its audience on the experience of a lifetime.

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