A PRIVATE WAR
MATTHEW HEINEMAN is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy
filmmaker who has twice won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Award from the Directors Guild of America, one of only three directors to win
prestigious honor twice.
Heineman recently directed and executive produced "The Trade," a five-part
that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before airing on
Showtime. The critically acclaimed series chronicles the opioid crisis through
of those most affected--growers, cartel members, users and law enforcement.
His last film, the documentary feature City of Ghosts that follows a group of
exposing the horrors of ISIS premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
and was distributed worldwide by Amazon Studios before having its broadcast
on A&E. Heineman won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Award from the Directors Guild of America for the film, having previously won
2015 film Cartel Land. City of Ghosts also won the Courage Under Fire Award from
International Documentary Association "in recognition of conspicuous bravery in
pursuit of truth" and was listed on over 20 critic and year-end lists for Best
of 2017. The film was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, BAFTA Award,
PGA Award, and IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature.
In addition to the DGA win, Cartel Land, which explores vigilantes taking on
drug cartels, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
won three Emmy Awards, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and
Best Cinematography. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at
2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the Best Director Award and
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography. Cartel Land was awarded the Courage Under
Fire Award and the George Polk Award in Journalism as well. The film was
theatrically nationwide by The Orchard and had its broadcast premiere on A&E.
Previously, Heineman co-directed and produced the feature-length, Emmy-nominated
documentary Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare; collaborated
two years on the Emmy-nominated HBO series, The Alzheimer's Project; and
and produced Our Time - a feature length documentary about what it's like to be
in today's America.
Heineman, a 2005 graduate of Dartmouth College, is based in New York City.
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