Heather Winters is an award-winning American film producer, director, writer and two-time Sundance-winning executive producer. Heather executive produced Morgan Spurlock’s Academy Award® nominated and Sundance-winning documentary, SUPER SIZE ME, and Anthony Haney-Jardine’s Sundance-winning dramatic feature, ANYWHERE, U.S.A. Heather’s films include Michelle Memran’s, THE REST I MAKE UP (Best Movies of 2018, The New Yorker), AJ Schnack’s, Convention, (IFC/Sundance Selects), CLASS ACT (Morgan Spurlock Presents), Jim Killeen’s Google Me, and her directorial debut, TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO, about legendary songwriter and music producer Desmond Child’s journey to parenthood. Television credits include assistant director on MTV’s REAL WORLD and writer, production staff, and assistant to the producers credits on over 260 half-hour episodes of the network children’s animated series THUNDERCATS, SILVERHAWKS, and THE COMIC STRIP for the legendary animation production company Rankin/Bass. As an Executive Producer and Director of Production for Sony Corporation, Heather oversaw all productions and client management for Sony’s Studio One. As a Creative Director, Producer, Director and Writer, Heather has created more than 50 commercials and branded entertainment projects for Fortune 500, 100 and 50 companies including SONY, VIACOM, HBO, TIME WARNER, PARAMOUNT, BLOCKBUSTER, CADILLAC, and GE.
Heather is the founder of the entertainment and media production company White Dock. Heather is producing partners with Grammy Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated songwriter-producer-hitmaker and 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Desmond Child, on multiple film and television projects. She is a film professor at Sarah Lawrence College and leads master classes, intensives, lectures, and workshops in producing and documentary film around the country. She is a consultant, producer’s rep, guild and film festival juror, and academic press peer reviewer. As a classically trained pianist and musician, Heather brings her multi-faceted artistry and musical background to her work.
Project awards include: Academy Award® nomination, Best Documentary; Winner, Best Director, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival; Winner, Special Jury Prize, Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival; Winner, Writers Guild of America, Best Documentary; Winner, Satellite Award, Best Motion Picture, Documentary; Nominee, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Best Documentary Feature; Nominee, Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Association Awards, Best Documentary; Winner, Edinburgh Film Festival; Winner, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Winner, National Board of Review, USA, Top Five Documentaries; Winner, New York Film Critics, Online, Best Documentary; Nominee, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, Best Documentary; Nominee, Utah film Critics Association Awards, Best Documentary Feature Film; Nominee, Vancouver Film Critics Circle; Winner, Boston Underground Film Festival; Winner, Audience Choice Award, Best Documentary Feature, Nashville Film Festival; Winner, HBO Hometown Hero Award, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Nominee, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Palm Springs International Film Festival; Nominee, Miami Film Festival, Best Documentary; Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Frameline Film Festival; Winner, AARP Silver Image Award, Reeling Film Festival; Winner, Jury Award, Best Documentary, OUTshine Film Festival; Winner, Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature, Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival; Winner, Best Feature; 2nd Round Screenwriting Finalist, Austin Film Festival; Nominee, Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature; Winner, Best Feature, Artivist Film Festival; Winner, Best Documentary, Rhode Island International Film Festival; Winner, WINFEMME Screenplay Competition; TELLY® Award; Platinum Best in Show, Aurora Award; First Place, Chicago International Film Festival; Creative Excellence Award, U.S. International Film and Video Festival.
Professional Associations and Notable Honors include: Producer’s Guild of America (PGA); The Players, Board of Directors; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Margaret Herrick Script Library Selection 2013; International Documentary Association (IDA) Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee; Sarah Lawrence College Alumnae/i Citation for Achievement Award 2009; City of Miami Beach Proclamation, November 17th Heather Winters Day.