About JEN HECK

Jen Heck is an American writer, director, and producer best known for her award-winning films. Her first major work, 89 Seconds at Alcazar, featured Peter Dinklage and premiered at the 2004 Whitney Biennial when Jen was only 28 years old (producer, assistant director).

Her next film, Hold Up, (writer, producer) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Award-winning short films Airplanes (director, writer, producer) and Salamander (director, writer, producer) followed in subsequent years, and were featured at major international film festivals including São Paulo, Palm Springs, Hamptons, Woodstock, and more. In 2010, Jen was nominated for the Iris Prize by current Sundance Film Festival Director Kimberly Yutani (for Salamander). She has also been recognized by New York Women in Film and Television for Outstanding Achievement by Women (twice, for both Airplanes and Salamander.) She’s a Film Fatale, and a Film Independent Fellow for her first feature film, The Promised Band, which also won Cinequest’s Best Documentary Award, and the Canon/Atomos Filmmaker Award.

Ms. Heck is currently a Senior/Interim Supervising Producer on the hit TV show House Hunters International, where she has produced over 200 episodes as a senior creative. She has also worked as a director, shooter and producer for shows on MTV, Discovery, VH1, Bravo, and more. She has shadow directed on Showtime's Dexter (with Steve Shill) and TNT's Leverage (with Rod Hardy). Her most recent personal project was a collaboration with Van Jones about musician Prince's secret philanthropic work.

Her stories are often described as "quirky", with themes of love, isolation, and the delicate nature of relationships between young women commonly recurring. Her signature visual style often incorporates found or pre-existing media with rich, original material to create a unique, heavily stylized narrative result.


Most importantly, Ms. Heck is a new mom. She currently resides in New York City with her daughter and her partner Carolina.

 
 Jen Heck and her daughter at Columbia University, 2018.

Jen Heck and her daughter at Columbia University, 2018.