WORLDWIDE DOCUMENTARIES

The Filmmakers

 
 
 

Jenna Chapman

Media & Communications Manager

 

The newest member of Worldwide’s core team, Jenna came on board in early 2013 to work with Amy on social media strategy, and is now working full-time implementing various components of the Not My Life Awareness Initiative; expanding and implementing Worldwide’s social marketing activity; and, taking her own initiatives with respect to monitoring, and reporting on, human rights and human trafficking initiatives on the internet as they pertain to Worldwide’s efforts.

 

Jenna is also responsible for managing and analyzing the Worldwide's websites and social media accounts, creating and distributing e-newsletters, and developing toolkits, guides, and resources around Not My Life.

 

Jenna has a BA in Organizational Communication from Keuka College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012.

 

Jenna is an animal lover and avid equestrian.

 

Amy Detweiler

Heidi Ostertag

Feature Two

President & Director

 

Robert Bilheimer, President of the nonprofit Worldwide Documentaries, is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers working in the world today. In 1989, Robert was nominated for an Academy Award for Cry of Reason, a feature-length documentary that profiles the South African anti-apartheid leader Beyers Naude.  Since that time, he has made carefully crafted documentary films on a wide range of social, cultural, and humanitarian concern.

 

Departing from the documentary genre in 1992, Robert also made the definitive film version of Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett’s play Endgame. He worked from a script prepared especially by the author for the series “Beckett Directs Beckett,” a project of the Smithsonian Visual Press.

 

Over the past ten years, Robert has made two films-- A Closer Walk, about the global AIDS epidemic, and Not My Life.... Read More

Senior Producer

 

Heidi's career with Worldwide Documentaries began at its inception in 1985. After a number of years working as a production manager for an independent film company, Worldwide President Robert Bilheimer approached Heidi about joining Worldwide Documentaries, Inc. The idea was to assemble a small group of dedicated professionals whose goal would be to make films that would change the way people think about human rights, social justice, and what it means to be a human being. 

 

Thus the journey began and now, twenty-eight years later, Heidi is Worldwide Documentaries' Senior Producer, with a wide range of responsibilities including production planning and supervision; day-to-day management of the company's global operations; and oversight of a small cadre of staff, consultants, and volunteers.

 

Perhaps Heidi’s most important contribution is the one she has made towards creating, and sustaining, Worldwide’s invaluable reputation for integrity, reliability, transparency, and commitment to the highest professional standards in every aspect of the company’s endeavors.

 

Heidi feels that one of the most deeply rewarding aspects of working at Worldwide has been the multitude of courageous and inspiring individuals she has had the privilege to meet over the years. "Many have remained dear friends, and all have left an indelible mark on my heart."

 

 

 

 

Co-Producer & Distribution Manager

 

Amy Detweiler has been a member of the Worldwide Documentaries team since February 2010. Hired as an asscociate producer, her work during the final production, editing, and distribution of Worldwide's most recent film, Not My Life,  made her indispensable to Worldwide’s global programs and initiatives and earned her the position of co-producer.

 

Amy’s importance to Worldwide Documentaries lies in her multiple skill sets: on the creative side, she has developed editing and storytelling skills that are enabling Worldwide to respond to an ever-increasing demand for various iterations of Worldwide footage, especially from the current project, Not My Life.

 

Amy’s is also highly skilled in the use of digital technology and design, and is thus Worldwide’s web officer and social marketing coordinator, giving her overall responsibility for Worldwide’s paradigm-shifting marketing and outreach efforts.  

 

Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the State University of New York, and is an accomplished textile artist. She is also the proud mother of daughter, Ella Mae.

 

 

Robert Bilheimer