Courtney Rile is a media maker and arts entrepreneur. Rile began working as a professional video editor in the Philadelphia area in 2002. She earned her Video Art degree at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Upon graduation she immediately became involved in the Syracuse art world, curating exhibitions, promoting artists, running galleries and launching arts initiatives, while still working on feature films on the side. After five years of arts entrepreneurship, she returned to making images full-time and cofounded the production company Daylight Blue Media with partner Michael Barletta. Over the course of her career, she has worked on hundreds of projects as a documentary and experimental filmmaker and photographer. She served for 4 years on the board for the Syracuse International Film Festival and currently sits on the board for the Society for New Music.
While Rile’s experience reflects a breadth of subjects and styles, she excels at creating the montage, carefully weaving together image, sound, and music to reflect a deeper undercurrent of emotion and meaning.
Rile’s work has been seen on Huffington Post, broadcast on ESPN, WCNY, Manhattan News Network, screened in Syracuse, NY at The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, ArtRage Gallery, Palace Theatre, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Light Work, as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival, Syracuse One Take Super 8 Event, Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel, LeMoyne College, screened internationally in London, UK at Lounge Gallery & Studios and in Seville, Spain as part of the VIII Festival Audiovisual zemos98 and was featured recently as part of NewFilmmakers NY at Anthology Film Archives. She has performed three times as a video artist with Syracuse’s Symphoria.
Throughout the last decade, Rile has worked as a filmmaker, photographer, video editor, art exhibition coordinator, director of communications, curator of visual and media arts, journalist, adjunct professor and guest speaker.