Jen Heck
director / writer / producer




The Promised Band


Using a band as a cover story, a group of unlikely rebels with dubious musical skills traverse forbidden borders and become entangled in each other’s lives in Israel and Palestine.

California Magazine: A Rabbi, an Ex-Soldier, a Palestinian and Some Lesbians Walk into a Band…

Non Fiction 'The Promised Band' -- fresh, nuanced look at Israeli-Palestinian divide 


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An accidental moment of intimacy sparks one girl to turn on another, revealing the intricacies of adolescent friendship and saving an amphibious life.

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Salamander is a story of power and powerlessness set against the backdrop of the tragic 1986 flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The story explores the contradictions of childhood: of thinking that one is powerful enough to step on a crack and break someone’s back, but completely powerless to free oneself from isolation or unhappiness. It’s about that moment that everyone has when you realize that the world is a big, big, place where both good and bad things happen, and you can’t control any of them.



Jen Heck is an American writer, director, and producer best known for her award-winning short films. Her work has appeared at the Whitney Biennial (2004), and at major film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Hamptons International Film Festival. 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.

Ms. Heck's work has garnered a number of awards and nominations, including honors from New York Women in Film and Television, the Iris Prize, Zurich's Pink Apple, the Short Movie Awards, the Provincetown International Film Festival, the Big Muddy Film Festival, and Newfest.

She has also worked as a shooter and producer at networks including MTV, VH1, HGTV, Food Network, Current TV, and Bravo. She has shadow directed on Showtime's Dexter (with Steve Schill) and TNT's Leverage (TV series) (with Rod Hardy.)