Our Time Projects is a New York-based production company founded in 2009 by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman. The Sundance Film Festival called Heineman “one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today”, while Anne Thompson of Indiewire wrote that Heineman is a "respected and gifted filmmaker who combines gonzo fearlessness with empathetic sensitivity.”
His latest film CITY OF GHOSTS premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed worldwide by Amazon Studios before having its broadcast premiere on A&E. Heineman won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Director’s Guild of America for the film, becoming one of only three people to win the prestigious honor twice. CITY OF GHOSTS also won the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association “in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth” and was listed on over 20 critic and year-end lists for Best Documentary of 2017. CITY OF GHOSTS is currently nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and was previously nominated for a BAFTA Award, PGA Award, and IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Heineman’s previous film CARTEL LAND was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Best Cinematography. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the Best Director Award and Special Jury Prize for Cinematography. CARTEL LAND also won the DGA Award, the Courage Under Fire Award as well as a George Polk Award in Journalism. The film was released theatrically nationwide by The Orchard and had its broadcast premiere on A&E.
Heineman directed and executive produced a five-part television docu-series entitled THE TRADE that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before airing on Showtime. The critically acclaimed series chronicles the opioid crisis through the eyes of those most affected--growers, cartel members, users and law enforcement. It was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a thriller…like TRAFFIC only current and real”, while The New York Times said, “Heineman has shown an uncanny ability to gain access to hard-to-reach people and places."
He also co-directed and produced the feature-length, Emmy-nominated documentary ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare; collaborated for two years on the Emmy-nominated HBO series, The Alzheimer's Project; and also directed and produced OUR TIME – a feature length documentary about what it's like to be young in today's America.
Heineman is currently directing his first narrative feature A PRIVATE WAR about legendary war reporter Marie Colvin starring Oscar-Nominees Rosamund Pike and Stanley Tucci as well as Jamie Dornan and Tom Hollander. Having just wrapped production with three-time Oscar-Winning DP Robert Richardson, Heineman is currently in post-production on the film.