Jen Heck is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City.
The Promised band
Using a band as a cover story, a group of unlikely rebels with dubious musical skills pass over forbidden borders and into each other's tangled lives in Israel and Palestine. The band is a metaphor for the greater society; it struggles and fails for the same reasons the society itself struggles and fails, and when the women in the band are able to achieve a modest triumph, the film posits that women in warring societies may be the key to peace. "The Promised Band" won both Best Documentary and the Canon Filmmaker Award at the Cinequest Film Festival. It was a finalist for Best Feature Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival, and has played to enthusiastic audiences around the world from Delhi to Rio.
House hunters international
Jen Heck is a Senior/Supervising Producer on HGTV's hit TV show "House Hunters International." She has also directed and edited episodes.
Prince: a Secret Legacy of Philanthropy
In 2016, Jen Heck collaborated with Van Jones and members of musician Prince's family to create a short piece about Prince's secret philanthropic work. The piece featured President Barack Obama, Janelle Monáe, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, and others. It premiered to a crowd of over 17,000 friends, family, and fans at Prince's memorial in Minneapolis.
An accidental moment of intimacy sparks one girl to turn on another, revealing the intricacies of adolescent friendship and saving an amphibious life.
Winner, Audience Award, Columbia University Film Festival; Nominated for Iris Prize, Cardiff
Two teenaged girls hook up at a carnival, but when evening falls, their tentative friendship threatens to dissolve.
Winner, Best Short Film at Provincetown International Film Festival, The Big Movie Awards, & Zurich Pink Apple. Distributed by Frameline.
Everest: from the lowest to the highest
Led by world-class climber Mostafa Salamah, an unlikely group of Jordanians travels to the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, to face their different realities with cancer. Directed and photographed by Jen Heck.
This film was made in support of the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. (In Arabic)
Edgemere Blvd. (The key to happiness)
The enduring love story of Louis and Pearl Heck, who met 74 years ago. Through the years, they shared a marriage and built a family together in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, but now Louis is facing their greatest challenge on his own: coping with Pearl’s Alzheimer's disease.
In 2011, there was a social protest movement in Israel that mirrored Arab Spring, inspired Occupy Wall St., and unified Israel's most unlikeliest citizens. This is their story, in the words of the young people who led the movement.