Kohler Productions

Joanna Kohler

Joanna Kohler has amassed 25 years of recognition for her exceptional storytelling abilities and systems impact approach. Her accolades include independent filmmaking, spearheading media production capacity-building efforts, and aiding clients in the humanization of data and enhancing engagement through the use of visual media.

Moving Stories

Independent Artist

Joanna Kohler is an award-winning artist with a focus on exploring the depth and complexity of the human experience. With Emmy-winning documentary films, a range of short-film projects, and music videos under her belt, Joanna has established herself as a leader in the industry.

One of her standout projects is a multi-season talk show, “cineMN”, broadcast on TPT, featuring Joanna as an on-air talent. Joanna has also directed and produced “Witness, youth voice”, “Moving in a Mirror”, and “Boxers, Seven Women. One Team.”, all of which explore themes of humanity, power, and the magic of relationships that is possible when we step into our fears.

In addition, Joanna produced “Minnesota Motorcycle Stories”, a groundbreaking audio documentary project that explores the question of how people face fear and change their lives. Through all of these independent projects, Joanna has demonstrated a commitment to exploring the depth and complexity of the human experience. With Kohler Productions on your side, you can rest assured that your project will be in the hands of an experienced, talented, and visionary professional.

Local to National Clients

Joanna Kohler has been a thought partner to clients spanning various sectors, including public, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations at the local, city, county, state, and national levels. Through her work, she has crafted compelling narratives and campaigns that have influenced both financial and political investments to advance equity, access, and representation.

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In her words, the power of accessing the tools of storytelling.

The Value of Young People

Organizational Impact

Elevate your organization’s impact by harnessing the power of attention with Joanna Kohler on your team. She is a seasoned professional with a passion for creating a culture of belonging, Joanna has a proven track record of success within systems serving the common good. She is an accomplished facilitator of symposiums, conferences, and workshops, and has effectively lobbied for public policies. Joanna has also coordinated professional networks and field development, provided nonprofit leadership, and developed entrepreneurship youth programming.

One of Joanna’s signature accomplishments is driving a vision for building the capacity of Minneapolis Public Schools to utilize video for marketing, communication, community engagement, and organizational culture setting. Her deep personal value for engaging and collaborating with diverse communities drives her work, and she is the perfect thought partner for discovering new approaches to achieving your mission through visual storytelling. With Joanna on your team, your organization can create a powerful humanizing impact, generating attention and fostering a sense of belonging.


Systems Focused


Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Transform systems”

“She is deeply committed to transform systems and create the just results our communities deserve. I can’t share enough accolades to describe her work and passion!”

Celina Martina
Exec. Dir. Community Engagement, Minneapolis Public Schools

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Facilitation skills”

“I experienced firsthand her facilitation skills in rebranding efforts to destigmatize and revitalize programs that led to a highly successful marketing campaign…”
– Lynn Brun, M.A.
Sole Proprietor, BWR Communications

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“She is the real deal “

“She is profoundly intelligent and very incisive, but in a way that makes her guests feel as if they are being covered by a warm, comforting blanket on a cold winter day. She is the real deal in every imaginable way.”
– Robert Byrd
Program Director at Jerome Foundation