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Jen Heck is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. 

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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. 

"Politically Persuasive." - The Hollywood Reporter

WINNER: Cinequest Best Feature Documentary, Canon-Atomos Filmmaker Award; FINALIST: Best Feature Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival; OFFICIAL SELECTION: Film Independent Documentary Lab, and many film festivals from Sarasota to Delhi. See full list on our official site.


House hunters international

Jen Heck is a senior creative on HGTV's hit TV show "House Hunters International." She has served as a Senior Producer or Interim Supervising Producer on over 400 episodes, and has also directed and edited the show.


Prince: a Secret Legacy of Philanthropy

In 2016, Jen Heck directed, edited, and co-executive produced (with Van Jones) this short piece about Prince's secret philanthropic work. Featuring President Barack ObamaJanelle MonáeBlack Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Prince's family, and others.

This film premiered to a crowd of over 17,000 friends, family, and fans at Prince's official 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, New York Women in Film and Television Citation for Outstanding Achievement; SHORT LISTED for Iris Prize, Cardiff; OFFICIAL SELECTION: Hamptons Int'l Film Festival, Outfest, Woodstock Film Festival, and more.



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, Planetout Big Movie Award at Sundance, Zurich Pink Apple Best Short Film Award; OFFICIAL SELECTION: Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, Hamptons Int'l Film Festival, Sao Paulo Int'l Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, RIFF, and more. 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 unlikely citizens. This is their story, in the words of the young people who led the movement.