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Fire Escape

Directed by James Heiner

Short Narrative
USA | 6 minutes | 2014

After a chance encounter with a stranger on a fire escape, a young woman takes stock of her lived-in routine.

Fire Escape - James HeinerJames Heiner


James considers himself a writer first, director second, and the rest of the time he’s usually an AD. After graduating with a BA in Film & Media Arts from the University of Utah, he elected to return for a more production-intensive MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Cinema Directing. Currently he lives and writes in Los Angeles as he works in talent management.

Fire Escape is about a small moment with world-shaking implications; a young mother steps back and takes stock of the path she’s on and where she’s landed. Storytelling at it’s best can lend varied points of view and experience to an audience that may never have looked at that lens otherwise–and that’s the kind of storytelling James aspires to and loves best.

Fire Escape - Poster

Film Information

Director: James  Heiner
Country: USA 
Year: 2014
Language: English 
Runtime: 6 minutes


Producers: Katie Sponseller and Jonathan Moeller
Director of Photography: AJ Young
Editor: Jordan Nelson
Key Cast: Scottie Caldwell, Jeff Cummings, and Michael Medford

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BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
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