Heather Cassano

Assistant Professor

Digital Film/Video Production | Storrs

Education: MFA in Film & Media Art, Emerson College
BA in Media Arts & Entertainment, Elon University

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: Documentary filmmaking, color grading, disability in film, video installation art, interactive documentary

Heather Cassano is a documentary media artist working primarily in short and feature-length films. She makes documentary films, photographs, and other visual art that examines human connections and a person’s relationship to their environment. Her films are reminiscent of the direct cinema movement, adopting a patient invested approach with her characters. Heather blends this observational style with deeply personal narratives, striving to tell authentic stories through her personal experiences.

In 2018, Heather premiered her first feature-length documentary THE LIMITS OF MY WORLD to a packed cinema at the Independent Film Festival Boston. The film screened at numerous festivals across the United States and internationally, winning three Best Documentary awards and a Jury Prize. 

Heather is now working on her second feature-length documentary THE FATE OF HUMAN BEINGS. The project was awarded a pre-production grant from the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund and was accepted in the UnionDocs Summer Documentary Labs.

Heather has participated in MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program and the artist residency at Blue Mountain Center. She was awarded the Emerging Documentarian Award from her alma mater Elon University in 2019. She is also the Shorts Program Director at Salem Film Fest.

Recent Research Achievements: 

THE FATE OF HUMAN BEINGS (in development)

— UnionDocs Research & Development Lab

— LCC Grant, Waltham Cultural Council

— Pre-production funding, LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund


— Jury Prize, Alameda International Film Festival

— Best Documentary Feature, Venice Film Week

— Best Documentary, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

— Best Documentary Feature, Somerville International Film Festival

— Production & Post-production funding, Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund

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