NC Heikin

Biography

NC Heikin, writer/director/producer is an award winning filmmaker and Sundance Fellow. Before turning to film, Heikin had an active career in the New York theatre, working extensively as both creator and performer on Broadway and off Broadway at La Mama ETC and The Public Theatre. She made her film directing debut with the multiple prize-winning French narrative comic short, mañana, produced by Gabrielle Tana. Her first documentary Kimjongilia, about North Korean refugees and dissidents, premiered at Sundance 2009, won the One World Human Rights Award, played all major European cities as well as South Korea, Viet Nam and Cambodia, and streamed on Netflix until 2018. International bestselling author Michael Connelly produced her critically acclaimed film Sound of Redemption, The Frank Morgan Story, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014, and theatrically in 2015. It has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While filming Sound of Redemption Heikin met the subject of her current documentary Life Crime, about a convicted murderer, which asks, “How long is long enough?” It won a 2019 NYSCA grant. In the fall of 2018, NC completed a documentary, Books and Music, and music video, Just the Clothes on my Back, on famed author Lee Child’s collaboration with roots band Naked Blue. Heikin’s screenplay Niki and Joan, about artist Niki de Saint Phalle meeting abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell in 1959, was invited to the European screenwriting lab, eQuinoxe. Working once more with seasoned indie producer Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Philomena), the script is currently out to talent.