Happy Holidays with a twist!

Just about a year ago, we were fortunate enough to be following art activist/photographer Suzanne Heintz with our documentary cameras in New York as she set about to create a holiday card like no other.  But this was not like any other film shoot we’ve been involved with. Navigating Manhattan rooftops and squeezing inside elevators… Continue Reading


Whose Identity Is It Anyway?

Identity, Power, Image : these 3 words came together this week in our filmmaking journey with Heintz. Hard on the heels of a thoughtful news feature about Heintz and her work on Fox 31, Denver, (watch it from the link in our previous blog Riders of the Perfect Storm ),  the same story and footage was… Continue Reading


Riders of The Perfect Storm

Any photo shoot with mannequins is challenging…but our undeterred documentary subject, Suzanne Heintz, kicked it up a notch literally, when she added equestrian sports to the backdrop of her depictions of perfect family life with daughter Mary Margaret and husband Chauncey. Heintz’s goal is not to be simply horsing around although it looks very funny.… Continue Reading


Womanhood, Perfection & Laughter

Recently, the founder of Girls Who Code, gave an inspiring and vital Ted Talk about raising girls to be brave, not perfect.  Of course, Reshma Saujan’s commentary taps into the themes behind Suzanne Heintz’s fifteen year courageous photographic crusade with her mannequin props, husband Chauncey and daughter Mary Margaret.  It all began over a decade… Continue Reading


Filming Heintz & the Internet of Art

Everything is connected…whether our gadget of choice is a phone/ipad/laptop computer, we are embedded with networking platforms that enable us to transmit, ‘share’ and ‘curate’ our experiences. What has become increasingly fascinating about our journey as documentary filmmakers with satirical artist Suzanne Heintz, is observing the role, relationship and impact the internet has played in… Continue Reading


Truth, Dare & Mannequins in New York!

New Yorkers will have a chance to get up close and personal with Heintz’s satirical photography series next month – (see post in Daily Photo News Review). It is a remarkable moment in Heintz’s project, after 15 years in evolution from student project to multi-media visual arts fanfare – armed with the support of her familyquins.… Continue Reading


Vacationland with a twist

“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” – Susan Sontag Once you have pounded the streets of Paris with 100 pound of mannequins on your shoulders, and set up Kodak picture perfect moments in America’s favorite national parkland – well, anything goes!  As summer draws to a… Continue Reading


Sparkle of Independence

Happy 4th of July from the IMITATING LIFE production team and the subject of our documentary, Suzanne Heintz! (No mannequins were harmed in the making of this video, but may have been slightly singed!)


SPINSTER

“Is it I who imitates life in images with a counterfeit family? Or are we all duplicitous in this act of fraud when we live our lives recreating templated scenes not fully our own?” — Suzanne Heintz To Suzanne Heintz – a satirical artist who adopted her fake family 15 years ago – life is an endurance… Continue Reading