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Jay Heyman

I am a documentary filmmaker and commercial director with over 15 years of experience in film, television, digital, and branded content. I approach each project with a sense curiosity, respect, empathy and enthusiasm.

Specializing in character-driven stories, I have a unique ability to connect with my subjects and provide the viewer with a telling and intimate narrative. I have traveled all around the world filming in varied environments, from Fortune 500 company boardrooms to rural villages in developing countries.  I relish the opportunity to be thrown into a new world and tell a story that an audience will connect with, learn from, and remember.

In 2005, I completed my first feature length documentary about my grandfather, who grew up in a New York City orphanage. The film, Bernie, screened at numerous film festivals and took home the Audience Award for the Best Feature Documentary at the 2005 Woods Hole Film Festival.

The following year, I traveled to Uganda and directed and produced two short films for non-governmental organizations, The Kireka Children’s Home and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. These films are now being used for their respective fundraising efforts.

When the hit Broadway musical, RENT, was closing its doors in 2008, Sony Pictures and teamed up to film the last performance, which was released on DVD and theatrically. I produced and co-directed all of the DVD extras, including a 35-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the show’s closing.

In 2010 and into 2011, I traveled down to the Gulf of Mexico to produce (2nd Unit Director) a two-hour documentary for Animal Planet about the aftermath of the BP oil spill. This film was directed by Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, Joe Berlinger.

Leading up to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, I directed an online series for Liberty Mutual Insurance, detailing the comeback stories of 10 athletes. This series won numerous awards, inlcluding: Adweek Watch Award, London International Award, Webby Award, and a Hatch Award.

In addition to these projects, I have directed and produced content for clients such as: Discovery Channel, BRAVO, SPEEDtv, CNBC, Ford Motor Company, Subaru, National Parks Conversation Assoc., IBM, (An Amazon Company), Tommy Hilfiger Foundation, and Apple.

I look forward to bringing all of these experiences to my next project and continuing to tell stories that captivate audiences.

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