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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fresh Blood On The Indie Circuit: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Stats: Filmmakers of the Oscar nominated documentary Jesus Camp. Owners of Loki Films, a New York based documentary film production company founded in 2001.

Heidi Ewing - has produced and directed documentaries for The Discovery Channel, Britain's Channel 4, the BBC, A&E Network and Arte. Previously, Heidi produced and co-directed a one-hour film for the Discovery Channel on the ancient origins of tribal and religious body modification, a documentary shot on location in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. She has also produced a three-part -series on the criminal justice system in the Bronx, focusing on juveniles in the System (Discovery Channel). Her most recent directorial success was "Dissident: Oswaldo Paya and the Varela Project," a film about the struggle of Havana-based dissident and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Oswaldo Paya. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and has showed to critical and industry praise. She is the co-founder of Loki Films.

A private investigator turned filmmaker, Rachel Grady - has produced and directed a wide variety of documentaries for The Discovery Channel, the A & E Network and Britain's Channel 4. Previously, she focused on the erratic and complex New York criminal justice system for a special A&E series, "New York Justice." For that series, Rachel chronicled the lives of five overworked public defenders and also completed "Mad Justice," a verité documentary that looks at the troubling fate of mentally ill defendants and parolees. Rachel recently completed "TX," a first ever look at life inside drug rehabilitation. This eight part series (for VH1) follows ten young adults as they battle to get off alcohol, heroin, crack and pills. Rachel is the co-founder of Loki Films.

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