Laura Heit

Laura Heit is an experimental filmmaker and performance artist. Disquieting and evocative, her films and performances seamlessly cross genres to unfold poetic visual narratives. Heit employs a strong handmade aesthetic, an irreverent sense of humor, drawing, puppetry and animation, to bring together ideas and stories about ghosts, catastrophe, and invisibility. Screenings include: Rotterdam IFF, Annecy, Hong Kong IFF, London IFF, Ann Arbor Film Festival (1997, 2012, 2015), Black Maria, Walker Art Center, MOMA, Millennium Film, and the Guggenheim Museum, REDCAT, Aurora Picture Show, Pacific Film Archive, and others. Her animated installations have been shown at Adams and Ollman Portland, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, and Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Storrs, CT. She has been the recipient of awards and grants from: RACC, Oregon Arts Commission, McGeady Faculty fellowship, Leland Ironworks, Mac Dowell Colony (2007, and 2009), Channel Four Television London, British Film Council, Durfee Foundation, ARC grant, Jim Henson Foundation, Thames and Hudson, Puppeteers of America, and MTV. She has a BFA in Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London. Laura was co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts in Valencia California, from 2007-2011. Laura currently lives in Portland OR, and teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Featured image credit: Still from The Deep Dark (2011)

Laura Heit’s Website, Vimeo Page, Oregon Public Broadcasting feature


Select Filmography:


Hypothetical Stars (2015)

Hypothetical Stars from Laura Heit on Vimeo.

Animated Installation. Commissioned by Richard Herskowitz and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Features footage from the NASA archive Apollo 12 Mission.


Rover’s Eye (2015)

The Mars Rover Opportunity landed in 2004 and is still roaming the red planet eleven years after it’s expected demise. It’s up there looking for ancient lakes, and rivers, and signs of life. Digital and hand drawn animation and still photos. The sound is Mars Rover field recordings of solar wind, the amplitude changes as it crawls in and out of valleys and craters. Below is a one minute clip from a three minute film.

Rover’s Eye from Laura Heit on Vimeo.


Two Ways Down (2015 – short film)
Still from Two Ways Down (2015)

Still from Two Ways Down (2015)


Two Ways Down (2014 – installation)

Two Ways Down from Laura Heit on Vimeo.


The Deep Dark (2011)

An elliptical cinematic song cycle The Deep Dark journeys into the psyche with animation, projected shadows, fleeting lights, and ethereal vocal incantations. Film by Laura Heit, Music by Emily Lacy- originally performed live.

The Deep Dark (trailer) from Laura Heit on Vimeo.


Look for Me (2005)

What would you do if you woke up one day and were invisible? Commissioned by Channel 4 Television (London, UK) and the British Film Council.

Look For Me from Laura Heit on Vimeo.