Zachary Heinzerling is known for his cinematic and artful approach to capturing real moments and intimate performances. A Texas native who majored in philosophy and art before turning to filmmaking, Zachary began his career at HBO as a production assistant. He quickly worked his way up the ranks on four consecutive Emmy Award-winning documentaries and the Emmy Award-winning series 24/7, working as a Field Producer and Cinematographer. In 2012, he left HBO to complete his feature debut, the multi-award-winning film, “Cutie and the Boxer”, which he both directed and shot.
“Cutie and the Boxer” was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and also received a field-leading three Cinema Eye Awards for Outstanding Debut Feature, Outstanding Visual Effects, and Outstanding Original Score by acclaimed composer Yasuaki Shimizu. That same year, Zachary won the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, the Charles Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, as well as the International Documentary Association's Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. He was also nominated for a 2014 DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
More recently, Zachary was enlisted by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to direct the five-part web series “Self-Titled” for her latest album, “Beyoncé.” He’s currently in development on his next feature, a hybrid documentary and fiction film.