Heidi Ewing

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Heidi Ewing
Heidi Ewing, 2017
BornFarmington Hills, Michigan
OccupationDocumentary Filmmaker

Heidi Ewing is a director, producer, and writer of documentary films. She and Rachel Grady founded Loki Films in 2001, and have collaborated on several documentaries together.[1] She is best known as the co-director of Jesus Camp, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2006. Next came 12th & Delaware (HBO), which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film "casts a heart-rending light on the abortion divide" (LA Times) and was honored with a Peabody Award. Detropia, a poetic look at Ewing's home town, also won several awards, including Best Editing at Sundance 2012, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Original Score, at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking and a News and Documentary Emmy for editing.[2] Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You was the opening night selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on PBS American Masters on October 25, 2016. Other films as a director include The Boys of Baraka, Freakonomics, and The Education of Mohammed Hussein.


Ewing is a native of the Detroit area and is a graduate of Mercy High School[3] and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.[4]

She appeared on Charlie Rose in October 2017, and said that Hasidic Jews died in the Holocaust because they "refused to blend in". She later apologized.[5]


Film Year Subject matter Comments
The Boys of Baraka 2005 Baraka School, Kenya
Jesus Camp 2006 Kids On Fire School of Ministry, Becky Fischer
The Lord's Boot Camp 2008 Teen Missions International Produced and aired for 48 Hours
Freakonomics (segment "Can You Bribe a 9th Grader to Succeed?") 2010 2005 book of the same name
12th & Delaware 2010 A crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic in Fort Pierce, Florida
Detropia 2012 Detroit, Michigan [6]
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Norman Lear
A Dream Preferred 2016 Taharka Bros.
One of Us 2017 Four former members of the Hasidic Jewish community.
I Carry You With Me 2020 Narrative film
Love Fraud 2020 True crime documentary miniseries revolves around Richard Scott Smith, who used the internet to prey upon women in search of love and conned them


  1. ^ "Loki Films". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. ^ Nord, Liz. "Michael Moore, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and others turn out for Cinema Eye Honors documentary awards". January 11, 2013. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2012-12-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Q&A with Heidi Ewing. C-SPAN.org. October 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "Director apologizes for Holocaust statement about Hasidic Jews". The Times of Israel. JTA. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Mark (September 13, 2012). "Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing show Detroit as ghost town in 'Detropia'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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