Heidi Ewing, who has been named an “innovator” of the documentary form by Time magazine, is the co-owner of New York’s Loki Films. She is the co-director of Jesus Camp, co-directed with Rachel Grady, which chronicles the Evangelical movement through the eyes of children. The film was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award.
Her most recent film Detropia looks at Detroit, America’s fastest shrinking city, and what its demise (and attempts at renewal) mean to the rest of the nation. The film won the editing prize at Sundance 2012, was nominated for a Gotham Award, made the Oscar shortlist and was named one of the top documentaries of 2012 by the National Board of Review.
Her work takes on a myriad of subject matter but mostly focuses on issues that affect United States. 12th & Delaware, which premiered in 2010 at Sundance is a searing portrait of a street corner in Fort Pierce, Florida, where a crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic are locked in battle. The film, a collaboration with HBO, was called “the finest documentary film ever made about the abortion issue" by the LA Times and won the prestigious Peabody Award.
In Freakonomics she collaborated with several high-profile nonfiction filmmakers for the omnibus documentary, based on the best-selling book by economist Steven Levitt and author Stephen Dubner. In 2005 she co-directed The Boys of Baraka, the critically acclaimed documentary feature that was released by ThinkFilm in 2005 and winner of the 2006 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary Film.
Previously, Ewing delved in the dramatic world of Cuban politics with Dissident, a film about the struggle of Havana-based Nobel Peace Prize nominee Oswaldo Paya - a film that was made clandestinely and has been shown around the world.
She and Grady recently completed a look at life as a Muslim American child post 9/11 in The Education of Mohammad Hussein, which will air on HBO in 2013. She is currently at work on a number of projects, including a documentary on the marketing of female athletes for ESPN.
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