Filmmaker Bio

 

Louise Woehrle is an award-winning filmmaker whose projects have found national and international broadcast and distribution. She is passionate about telling stories that inspire, promote healing and connect us as human beings.

After nine years in the making, her recently completed feature documentary Stalag Luft III – One Man’s Story (director/producer) is a compelling account of her uncle Charles Woehrle, an Eighth Air Force Bombardier and WWII prisoner of war who was held captive two years in the iconic prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III depicted in the 1963 film ‘The Great Escape.’

Louise co-directed (with her brother John) the feature documentary Pride of Lions – the story of resilient people who survived the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone - rebuilding their lives with hope for a sustainable future, “Best Documentary Audience Award” Red Rocks Film Festival, “Best Documentary,” Hardacre Film Festival, “ Best Doc Audience Award” Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, with prestigious screenings at The Walker’s Women with Vision Festival and the World Bank in DC and acquired by 130 colleges and Universities worldwide.

Woehrle’s work as director/producer has taken her to Southern India The Pathway, to Haiti, Hungry in Body-Hungry in Spirit and Feed My Flock for Feed My Starving Children, into the private world of teens in the educational series Be Real, to the homes of six hospice patients at the end of life, In Harmony for Life, and into three remote Cree communities faced with the epidemic of Diabetes among their people in the educational feature documentary Sweet Blood  “Best PSA Award” American Indian Film Festival, and “Best Documentary” Cherokee Film Festival.

Her film projects as producer have garnered several awards that include an “Emmy” for the dramatic short Grandfather’s Birthday (executive producer/casting), directed by Gayle Knutson that screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, “Best Documentary” at several festivals for the feature documentary Poles Apart, directed by Greg Stiever, including Breckenridge Festival of Film and Lake Placid Film Forum, and for the feature documentary Bushido, directed by Bob Richards, winning “Best Documentary” at Lake Placid Film Forum, “Best Feature” Smmash Film Festival, and a “Golden Apple” award. 

Her non-broadcast awards include two top “Telly Awards” for the educational film What’s it About? and the documentary, In Harmony for Life. Souvenirs – Healing After War, directed by Mara Pelecis – an intimate portrait of the fallout of war on a Vietnam Vet and his family.