Brad Heck is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and educator. He co-directed/produced SISTERS RISING, a documentary feature about Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty, which premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival February 2021, where it won the Honorable Mention Big Sky Award, and was recently awarded the inaugural Thaddeus Stevens Award from the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. SISTERS RISING is currently airing nationally on PBS through World Channel & America Reframed. Brad also co-produced Willow O’Feral’s documentary BREAK THE SILENCE: REPRODUCTIVE & SEXUAL HEALTH STORIES, awarded the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Choice Champion Award in 2018 and Best Documentary Feature at La Frontera Queer Film Festival in 2019. He was the recipient of the Thriving Communities Grant for his VR project Immersive Vermont: A Virtual Tour of the Impact of Climate Change.

Brad graduated from VCFA’s MFA in Film program in April of 2019, is the board president of Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont, and is founder of the “Men’s Auxiliary,” an open group in Southeast Vermont actively opposing patriarchy, oppression, misogyny, rape culture, transphobia, homophobia, racism, and toxic masculinity. Brad enjoys long hikes in the woods with his pup Ruben, and plays many musical instruments (some of them well).

Movie Recommendations:

  • LA CIENAGA: A rambling, visceral, static, (sometimes cringe-inducing), beautiful, emotional bath—a trainwreck in slow motion. It’s not the coziest film, but it’s absolutely brilliant, and Lucrecia Martel (VCFA Faculty) is one of my favorite contemporary filmmakers.
  • GET OUT: I’m not really a fan of horror films, but this film transcends the genre, ricocheting between abject horror and dark humor, and should be mandatory viewing for everyone.
  • MIND THE GAP: I did not expect to enjoy a film about young men bonding through skateboarding, but this documentary is unbelievable in story and scope, and a wonderfully sensitive and complicated study of masculinity.


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