Matthew Heineman is an Oscar and five time Emmy-nominated American filmmaker. He is best known for both directing and producing the Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Cartel Land (2015) and the Emmy-nominated documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012).
Cartel Land received positive reception and was nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, and five Primetime Emmy Awards. Heineman was personally nominated for four Emmy Awards, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking as well as nods for Directing, Cinematography and Editing. In addition, Heineman won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Director’s Guild of America, as well as the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association “in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” He was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinker's of 2015. Cartel Land was also presented with the 2015 Documentary Award by the prestigious George Polk Awards in Investigative Journalism.
In 2014, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare received a nomination at the 35th News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the category for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming.
Heineman has additionally worked on documentaries Overcoming the Storm (2006) and Our Time (2009), which he produced and directed, as well as HBO's The Alzheimer's Project (2009). He has also directed several short films and commercials.