British independent filmmakers Karen Whitehead and Katherine Wilkins De Francis, both now based in Washington DC, have teamed up to produce IMITATING LIFE – THE AUDACITY OF SUZANNE HEINTZ through Whitehead’s production hub FUR FACE FILM. Both veteran media professionals, together they bring extensive experience in production and business, including TV (ITV & BBC in the UK), print (Mirror Group Newspapers and PRIMEDIA), online and digital, as well as film.
Whitehead’s critically acclaimed documentary feature directorial debut – Her Aim Is True (2013) – played to sold-out film festival screenings such as Seattle International Film Festival and won the audience choice award at the Tacoma Film Festival in 2013. Other US festival screenings included Tallgrass Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The film is a co-production with AVRO Television (Netherlands Broadcasting Network). Eddie Vedder “Pearl Jam” is an executive producer, and the film is released worldwide by Gravitas Ventures.
Wilkins De Francis produced her first feature documentary, Don’t Ask Me Questions: the unsung life of Graham Parker (2013), with grammy-nominated director Michael Gramaglia (The Ramones: End of the Century). The film played numerous festivals including CBGB Music and Film Festival and Light of Day Festival; it was broadcast on BBC 4 in the UK, and released through Virgil Films in the US.
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