Loki Films

Loki Films LOKI FILMS is a New York-based documentary film production company founded in 2001 by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

In 2007 Ewing and Grady were nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature for "Jesus Camp," a candid look at Pentecostal children in America. The film received a wide theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures and was broadcast in over 40 countries worldwide, including the A&E Network. In January 2010 Ewing and Grady premiered "12th & Delaware" in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, a collaboration with HBO, takes a quietly intense look at the raging abortion battle in America. The film won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011. Ewing and Grady were recently part of an all-star team of filmmakers adapting the bestselling book "Freakonomics" into a feature-length documentary, which recently enjoyed a wide theatrical release. Previously, the directing team was nominated for an Emmy for "The Boys of Baraka," a film about preteens struggling to make it in Baltimore city. The film was winner of the NAACP Image Award and was distributed by ThinkFilm and broadcast on the prestigious POV series on PBS. Heidi and Rachel recently completed "DETROPIA," an arresting exploration of Detroit City and its struggle to transform itself into a new and innovative place. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012, and won the Editing Award for Documentary. In their television work, LOKI FILMS has taken on a vivid array of subjects that include the inner workings of Scientology, the criminally insane, Saudi Arabian teenagers, the dissident movement in Cuba and the effort to rebuild New Orleans. The company's projects have been seen on a variety of networks including CBS, HBO, A&E, PBS, VH1, Al Jazeera, MTV, CNN and Canal Plus. Ewing and Grady have been featured in Time Magazine as innovators of the documentary craft. Both are members of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They are based in New York City.

WATCH CALL YOUR MOTHER ON COMEDY CENTRAL THIS SUNDAY, MOTHER'S DAY!Fans of Bridget Everett know and love her for her rib...
05/08/2020

WATCH CALL YOUR MOTHER ON COMEDY CENTRAL THIS SUNDAY, MOTHER'S DAY!

Fans of Bridget Everett know and love her for her ribald panache, but they probably don’t know how much of Everett’s sense of humor comes from her equally bawdy mother, Freddie Everett. That’s one of the revelations — and perhaps the point — of the documentary “Call Your Mother,” which celebrates how comedians have been influenced by the women who raised them.

The directing team of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady interviewed dozens of comics, sometimes with their mothers sitting next to them to offer praise or a second opinion. They also capture behind-the-scenes moments like when David Spade’s mother, Judy Todd, attends the taping of an episode of her son’s late-night talk show, “Lights Out With David Spade,” during which he confesses that he omits certain jokes when his mother is in the audience.

As Awkwafina, Jim Gaffigan, Jo Koy, Jen Kirkman, the Lucas Brothers and Yvonne Orji attest in the film, not every mother was pleased with her child’s decision to pursue comedy. Roy Wood Jr., a correspondent for “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” reveals he kept his early ambitions a secret from his mother, Joyce Dugan Wood, because he knew she wouldn’t have approved. After he graduated from college, his mother recalls: “He took the degree. He threw it on the bed. He says, ‘You can have this. I don’t need this degree in my profession.’ So I accepted it graciously. I framed it. I put it on the wall. And from this point on, I guess he must’ve been right.”
SEAN L. McCARTHY

03/24/2020
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Loki Films's cover photo
02/13/2020

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We are thrilled to share that today, Ari Hershkowitz from One of Us is attending his first day of college!!
08/27/2018

We are thrilled to share that today, Ari Hershkowitz from One of Us is attending his first day of college!!

Today is the day I’ve been working towards for a while. Today is my first day as a college student 🎓 First class starts in 3 hours!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I most definitely am. I’m questioning whether I’ll make it through without losing my $#!T, and who will stick with me till the end of this journey. I’m not yet sure how I’ll support myself. I’m seriously doubting whether I will even understand college level math, when I’m still struggling with basic algebra.

But, none of this matters, because I will try my very best regardless. I LOVE to learn. I consume knowledge like it’s candy. So I trust that I’ll find a new definition of my limits. I’m confident about this. As someone probably once said, “I can see education at the end of the tunnel”

P.s. Insta saw this first. https://instagram.com/arihershkowitz

TGIF at Loki Films
03/16/2018

TGIF at Loki Films

01/23/2018

We’re so proud of One of Us. We didn’t make the final 5 nominations for the Oscar this year but we will keep on making thought provoking films as long as you’Lil watch em! Xo Heidi and Rachel

We’re so fortunate that the subjects of One of Us continue to share their journeys with us. Proud to let you know that A...
12/30/2017

We’re so fortunate that the subjects of One of Us continue to share their journeys with us. Proud to let you know that Ari Hershkowitz has surpassed 9 months of sobriety and continues to move onward and upward with his educational and life plans. Good news to end the year with !

Hey Angelenos, lets talk! Masterclass January 6th! International Documentary Association https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ma...
12/19/2017
Master Class with Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Hey Angelenos, lets talk! Masterclass January 6th! International Documentary Association https://www.eventbrite.com/e/master-class-with-heidi-ewing-and-rachel-grady-tickets-41333111449

Saturday, January 6th, 11:00AM Location: Netflix 1455 N. Van Ness Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Map) Join us for a special Master Class that will examine the career of the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, whose creative approach to the verite aesthetic continues to...

Cinematographer Alex Takats  and superstar Etty Ausch both know that women are perfect ! One of Us
12/13/2017

Cinematographer Alex Takats and superstar Etty Ausch both know that women are perfect ! One of Us

So proud of our dear Norman Lear on the Kennedy Center award !
12/06/2017

So proud of our dear Norman Lear on the Kennedy Center award !

12/05/2017
Advice To Beginning Female Filmmakers by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of ONE OF US - Film Courage

For the ladies !
http://filmcourage.com/2017/12/04/advice-beginning-female-filmmakers-heidi-ewing-rachel-grady-one-us/

Film Courage: In the beginning of your filmmaking career, how fearful or brave were you to ask for more? Rachel Grady: More from our subjects, more money? Film Courage: Everything, everything. I know you had talked about in an interview having confidence versus being afraid to ask for more. And that...

How One of Us was filmed....http://filmmakermagazine.com/103929-observations-on-camera-in-verite-shooting-tips-from-the-...
11/28/2017
“Don’t Judge Your Footage in the Field”: Tips on Doc Verite Shooting From the Camerafolk Behind One of Us, The Judge, and E-Team | Filmmaker Magazine

How One of Us was filmed....

http://filmmakermagazine.com/103929-observations-on-camera-in-verite-shooting-tips-from-the-camerafolk-behind-one-of-us-the-judge-and-e-team/

Vérité cinema is frequently tossed about as a term, and likely most of us know the broader strokes of the genre: an observational camera whose team aims not to interfere with the subjects or action; a film frequently built on intimate access, shunning sit down interviews or use of archival footage...

We’ve been going to IDFA for over 10 years with our films and were honored to join our colleagues in saying goodbye to A...
11/19/2017

We’ve been going to IDFA for over 10 years with our films and were honored to join our colleagues in saying goodbye to Ally Derks who has run this amazing global doc film festival for 3 decades! Aside from showing One of Us we also presented one of our favorite films: “Burma VJ” by director Anders Høgsbro Østergaard - a movie ahead of its time to be sure.

11/16/2017
DOCNYC 2017 Tribute: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

We love making films. We were so touched by the DOC NYC tribute last week. Watching our work over the past 15 years work fly by was wild!
https://vimeo.com/242792338 Rachel Grady One of Us Heidi Ewing

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So touched to be honored by our colleagues and by DOC NYC at the Visionaries Tribute !
11/10/2017

So touched to be honored by our colleagues and by DOC NYC at the Visionaries Tribute !

Don’t miss One of Us back on the big screen DOC NYC!http://www.docnyc.net/film/one-of-us/
11/09/2017
ONE OF US

Don’t miss One of Us back on the big screen DOC NYC!

http://www.docnyc.net/film/one-of-us/

Oscar®-nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, Detropia), recipients of the Robert & Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excell

11/06/2017
The Etty Ausch Educational Fund – Donate. Support. Empower.

So many have reached out to us to ask how they can help Ettty. Her is how. Thank you for any donations you can make to her furthering her education and moving forward in her life!
http://ettysfund.org/

The Etty Ausch Educational Trust exists to assist Etty with her goals to complete a four year college and eventually to become an attorney that defends those in need.

11/06/2017

**Tune-In Notice** Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, and Luzer Twersky will be on Sandyland talking about One of Us with Sandra Bernhard tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 6 at 12:30pm EST. SiriusXM Radio Ch.102

“It's true that Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing have made a film that anyone — whether he or she has grappled with a furiou...
10/23/2017
A Hasidic Woman Yearns for Freedom in "One of Us" — But Deliverance Comes at a Cost

“It's true that Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing have made a film that anyone — whether he or she has grappled with a furious God or not — can appreciate. Aren't we all desperate to understand ourselves, to find our place in the cosmos?” One of Us

http://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a13052957/netflix-one-of-us-hasidic-jews-secular-world/

“Nobody leaves unless they’re willing to pay the price."

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