Thursday, March 08, 2018

New fun 2018 comedy and film things!

You still need to watch INSIDE YOU on iTunes and Amazon, asap!  If you watched it already, poke the person nearest to you and tell them to watch it too.

- Friday March 7, 2018 10pm, Fenity Friday at Skiptown Playhouse 665 North Heliotrope Drive Los Angeles
- Weds March 28th, 2018 9:30pm, Variety Underground Los Angeles at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood
- INSIDE YOU at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park NJ, Saturday March 24th, 2018 5pm at the House of Independents
- ALLEGED at the Hang On to Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park NJ, Sunday April 22nd, 2018 2:5opm

ALLEGED is also now available on the new website
- Alleged is a short comedy thriller based on a real court case against Steven Seagal, written and directed by Heather Fink in 2013.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Inside You: Available October 17th!

** Los Angeles Premiere and Film Release Announcement **

written and directed by Heather Fink
Stephanie and Ryan switch bodies after a magical night together.

Available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, XBox, Google Play & more 

"Inside You – is a hilarious romantic comedy about Ryan (Marshall Stratton) and Stephanie (Fink), a long-term couple that switches bodies after the use of a magical (and frightening) sex toy … Fink takes the Freaky Friday trope and turns it on its head, creating clever protagonists who avoid easy gender stereotypes and play against audience expectation." - Splitsider

Cast includes Heather Fink, Marshall Stratton (UCB), Ying Ying Li (The Knick), Diane Ciesla (Search Party), Christian Finnegan (The Chappelle Show), Himanshu Suri (Swet Shop Boys), James Coker (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Seth Herzog (The Tonight Show), Livia Scott (Difficult People), Molly Gaebe (UCB), Tim Harringon (Les Savy Fav), Jack Mulcahy (Sex and The City), Charles Rogers (Search Party), Becky Yamamoto (Younger), Griffin Newman (The Tick)

Inside You was made for a budget of $110,000, coming from Kickstarter, credit cards, student loans as an NYU Grad Thesis film, and Heather Fink's personal paychecks working as a sound person on TV shows. This independent effort, and first feature film from Fink comes with an independent release on multiple online platforms.
2017 | 80m | #InsideYouMovie |
Produced by Elisabeth Durkin & Shruti Ganguly
Tuesday, October 10th, at 8pm - doors open 7:30pm
Echo Park Film Center (1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026)
To RSVP, please email
Digital screeners available to press/reviewers. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Inside You Updates


8/6 QUEENS NY: Inside You will be premiering at the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Sunday August 6th 8:30pm at the Kew Gardens Cinemas

9/5 EAST VILLAGE NYC: Tuesday September 5th 10:30pm at the UCB East theatre in NYC, screening plus Q & A

9/11 PITTSBURGH: Monday Sept 11th 8pm at Free Ride Bicycle Collective Pittsburgh 214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

9/13 DETROIT: Wednesday Sept 13th 7pm at the Treasure Nest in Hamtramck INSIDE YOU (Michigan Debut) Opening with new work from: Joanie Wind,100% Halal Meat, Golden Boy Films & More TBA -- Treasure Nest 13169 Moran St. Hamtramck, MI; Pot Luck BBQ beforehand

9/15 CHICAGO: Chicago screening of Inside You: Friday September 15th midnight at the Improv Olympic: AND 6pm filmmaking workshop at the Improv Olympic Chris Farley theatre:

9/18 OMAHA: Omaha screening of Inside You: Monday September 18th 7pm at the Aksarben Cinema

9/19 BOULDER COLORADO: screening at The Dairy Arts Center September 19th 7pm plus reception 

9/23 LAS VEGAS: Saturday Sept 23rd 7pm The Sci Fi Center

California screenings to follow! 

And please check out and share the following interview:

As well as this link that shows an exclusive new clip from the movie:

More great press for the film:


And some great BTS photos here:

Los Angeles screening this fall for the west coasters - will keep you posted!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Virgin Chronicles Podcast

Hey guys, here's a podcast that had me on as a guest where I told stories and revealed personal things using my talking words!

Listen here:
Virgin Chronicles Podcast hosted by Evan Morgenstern and Darin Patterson

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Moonlight: Film Review

If you haven't seen Moonlight yet, you might want to go into it having read nothing about it. All I knew is something about 3 different ages of the same character being shown and that people thought it was great and special but I didn't know why. I think you should go into it with the same sense of discovery and just see the damn thing without reading what I have to say till you see it too. Moonlight is great and special for several reasons.

Overall you have an elevated and sophisticated sense of cinematography, pace, and score that isn't normally paired with stories from "the streets" - so often it's completely on the nose - gritty style to show a gritty world --- and you know what? The effect of these overtly gritty "urban" movies is a sense of "other"ness -- we are more detached from the world and characters and entertained by them rather than brought into relating to them --- and I think this impacts both people who are and aren't from these worlds to see it so romanticized. The cinematography in Moonlight is beautiful but it's used to connect you to the humanity in the characters rather than objectifying them or being precious with how "beautiful" they are.

The script - each line of dialogue is perfectly paced, and certain lines are delivered with the utmost power they are capable of evoking. He uses the words. The words are essential. Certain lines will stick with you long after they've been said.

The ending is perfect largely because of the script. It's rare that a film, especially an emotional drama, has such a satisfying ending - and it's satisfying simply because the final line and moment ties everything together - and not because of an event, spectacle, or big plot twist. This perfect ending relies on performance and power of the words.

The performances are so spectacular across the board - it's clear director Barry Jenkins has found incredible talent to act in the film and the actors deserve credit where it's due - but you don't get that level of consistently great performance without the hand of a masterful director. The child, teenage, and adult version of this character -- are all masters of the dichotomy of what we say/do versus what we actually mean and feel.

In fact all of his characters put up fronts, and only let their guard down for very choice moments.

He opens with this exaggerated swirling steadicam shot delivering a massive pow of disorientation and movement - like we're being shaken on our heads inside a snowglobe. Barry Jenkins uses elements of misdirection and confusion perfectly. It's unclear we're in Miami until well into the movie. Choices like these feel germane to the character's experience. A child who hardly knows who or what he is. We've seen techniques like playing with soft focus, or drowning out vocals before --- but Barry has figured out exactly how to employ these choices with precise skill, timing, and placement in the edit.

I constantly felt afraid for the characters, I constantly felt connected to them and the movie never lets you go till the end - it uses emotional suspense, not plot driven suspense.

This movie told stories from a rough world. But it wasn't some gritty, sad, hopeless film that's all about how harsh the streets are.
What it IS about is humanizing characters that we never had the chance to see in this way before -- music choices and cinematography were especially about emotion, which is why this film works so well. Jenkins allows us to connect to his characters and access their soul in a way that reminds the audience exactly how powerful film can be. This movie is NOT about the streets. It's about masculinity, sexuality, ego, identity, self preservation, love, hate, and family.

Even when showing a homosexual act, he shows it in such a way that it's purely about sexuality and makes the experience universal and accessible -- once again cementing his skill at not objectifying what he portrays, but letting you in so you can relate. The end result is very powerful.

Another striking thing was in Mahershala Ali's performance. I know him as the smooth, calm, controlled Remy from House of Cards and as the powerful boss villain Cottonmouth in Luke Cage. I've never seen him as a dude from the streets of Miami as in Moonlight. Everything changed, from his voice to physical body and facial gestures. He made it so small and so natural, but it all felt so huge in the best way. His last line in the film was the first tear jerker for me, and the first major point of important punctuation in the story.

To the rest of the cast - I was just blown away. It's hard to know who gets the Oscar.
Maybe the teenage version of our protagonist Ashton Sanders?
All of them.

There better be some nominations.

Final side notes:
--- This movie is doing well ENTIRELY ON MERIT and not hype. Audiences are diverse and it's selling out. It's headlining major movie theatres and playing on their premiere screens - such as the cinerama dome at the Arclight Hollwood. Emotional dramas don't normally attract this kind of attention without major celebrity talent or without already winning Oscars.
- Seeing Mahershala play this character also made me wonder about how race factors in the role people of color play in professional versus private worlds in the entertainment industry- what is it like to have all these different sides of himself? If the streets are entirely foreign to him, what's it like for him to find that? How does he relate to the world? Or is that more his world and the person he plays in Hollywood is the act? Which is true to him and his life and family versus "just acting?" It made me think more about the elements of what the f*ck I do or don't know about being black.
--- Birth of a Nation isn't going to be the only powerful black voice in the film world this year, or next year, or the year after that, and Moonlight is proof of that, and I'm quite interested to see how this film impacts that conversation.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I'm finally overhauling my website - and in the meantime redirecting to my ol bloggy blog site.

You can reach out to me at

In the meantime here's the stuff I'd love you to know about:

- Inside You: my first feature film as writer/director is complete and currently being submitted to festivals, the earliest of which is in January 2017

- Urban Teach Now: an indie TV pilot I directed is premiering at NYTVF and ITV Fest this October

- The Focus Group: a short comedy film I directed, written by Sara Benincasa - is available here for your viewing pleasure!

Heather Fink came to filmmaking from comedy.  She has been making funny videos since she was a kid growing up small town in New Jersey, raised by a Dutch mother, American father, schizophrenic grandmother, and an older sister.  She started performing standup comedy in NYC in 2005, and continued making funny videos, doing improv, and sketch comedy.  In 2009 she began NYU's Grad Film program as Writer/Director. She currently pays the bills as a Sound Person, most recently working on Marvel’s Daredevil and Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down. Previous jobs include PR for a gay porn company, Senator Kennedy Intern, and Content Strategy for Digital Media companies.  She’s directed over 35 comedy shorts, most recently Sara Benincasa’s “The Focus Group,” which was featured on Hello Giggles, The Onion, Huffington Post, Refinery 29, and more. She is currently participating in the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program.  Her first feature film as writer/director "Inside You" has just completed Post-Production and is currently being submitted to festivals for 2017.  Heather is also in Post-Production on the indie TV pilot "Urban Teach Now" which she directed for writer/producers SJ & Ginny, and is an official selection at the NYTV Fest and ITV Fest this October 2016.

As a filmmaker she's directed top comedy talents including Hannibal Buress, Zach Cregger, Angela Trimbur, Will Hines, Kevin Allison, Sara Benincasa, Will Janowitz, Curtis Gwinn, Bobby Tisdale, Slovin and Allen, and Ann Carr. Heather has been featured on MTV, the ECNY Awards as a nominee, as a IFC/Time Warner/Sundance competition finalist, Gawker, Adult Swim, Time Out NY, Dr. Phil, TV Guide Magazine, the LES Film Festival, DC Comedy Fest, Coney Island Film Festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlantic City Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, LA Comedy Fest, NY Shorts Fest, Santa Fe Film Festival, and on Comedy Death Ray.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


If there's still anyone I actually associate with who cries "All Lives Matter" in reply to "Black Lives Matter" - let me try to explain what you're misunderstanding. It's already assumed in society that white lives matter. The way we speak of white lives and white deaths is as though they really matter, however - when a black life is lost, it seems to matter less to people.
We actually have to show pictures of a black victim's family and try and tell stories and convince people that a black victim was a real human being with a whole real life - and not just some waste lazy useless gang stereotype of a black person. That so many black people are often seen as "just people that get shot sometimes" because they are black and no good in the world anyways. That so many black people are seen as n**gers. That's really how so many see black people even if they can't admit it. As though being shot is just part of being black, and just "part of what happens" to black people - like it's ok. Like the crime in black neighborhoods - well there's so much of it so you know, that's just whatever no big deal. It comes on the news like white noise. BUT if a white person dies in a similar fashion - it's tragic, easy to relate to, it's moving - because white lives matter so very much. Even if you don't feel this way - you KNOW SOMEONE who feels this way. It's real and it's out there.
Black lives are seen as expendable in so many ways, even as bad guys in movies. Black characters in film and television are often "token" versus central to the story.
These are some examples of how people treat black lives as if they DON'T matter.
So since black lives are treated differently than white lives - and as we have more and more video evidence of something that's been going on for decades - that cops way too easily kill black people without just cause because they aren't as concerned to preserve those lives, feel more threatened by black people, and fail to see them as human versus criminal, or quite simply make mistakes that cost lives - and the cops are not prosecuted for it -- there's a very important fight to say BLACK LIVES DO MATTER!
Does this make sense to you? Do you understand?
Please don't ever say "all lives matter" because it only shows that you don't understand the meaning of "black lives matter" - it's not at all saying that other lives don't matter. It's saying that black people as a group are treated like they don't matter - and even in life or death situations they have to fight to be seen as human.
And also OF COURSE Blue Lives Matter because cop killings have a long history of being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law with very respectful and elaborate funerals paid for by the state. There's no need to say Blue Lives Matter because we live in a world where we treat Cops in a special manner and we treat their deaths as the tragedies they are - already.
So please. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ NEVER ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ because OF COURSE THEY DO THAT'S THE POINT!

Monday, June 20, 2016

First Poster for Inside You!

It's not an official poster .... we just made a lil something for now. But I'm happy to share it!
Check it out!
So excited - the movie is finally finished.
Had our first private screening for cast, crew and supporters and SO RELIEVED my parents both laughed and still love me. It's a sex comedy full of dirty jokes. Even if they aren't conservative and my mom's all european NOBODY wants their mom and dad to see them pretend to have sex and say the words c*ck as in "I want your ..."   BUT ALAS yeah that's in this movie. It's not what the movie is about but still. MAJOR RELIEF and I can't wait to share with you!!!

 Will be cutting a trailer soon and we are applying to festivals now :)


Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Focus Group short film

Hey dudes!  You can watch the latest short film I directed online:
view on Vimeo

The Focus Group (2016) from Sara Benincasa on Vimeo.

written by/starring Sara Benincasa! Credits here:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

On my 35th Birthday - let me declare:

I'm an unmarried childless woman with astronomical student loan debt, living with 2 roommates - and I'm telling you: 
I have been unhappy, and let me tell you - this is not it. I have a shit ton to be grateful for.

1) I haven't done anything major in my life out of fear. I didn't settle for unsatisfying relationships or stay in bad ones. Being single at 35 does not feel sad, nor does it feel worrisome because of the babies thing.

In fact I still feel like a baby girl in many of the best ways, and an independent adult in the best ways as well.Your 20s is a fear based era of your life, inadequacy and the task of defining your adult self often pushes people into fear based decision making and undesirable life courses.

I believe that I'm living the life that I'm meant to be living. I had every capability to get through the hard times that would have been easier with a companion.

Now I reap the reward of every life decision I make being for myself and my own needs. This has been such an incredible gift of being single and I appreciate and embrace it. This shouldn't be squandered!

I'm not saying my life is better than anyone else's. I'm saying that I enjoy and am grateful for the way it's turned out - and that many of the things society says makes for a bad life, have actually made my life wonderful.

I have had many romantic relationships and have loved learning from them, getting to know myself and the world better through each one. My time both single and while involved with someone has been fruitful for its own reasons. I've had fun both ways, and adventure both ways. That makes me feel rich and free and grateful.

As for the babies thing, I once had plans with male friends of mine to "have friend babies" if we got older and didn't have kids yet. But I don't want to do that. I think I just want to keep living as I am and if making babies happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. My heart knows that's the way to go. As for now, I love my daily Ortho Tri Cyclen and am really grateful for that too!

2) My career is everything I want it to be. I want more success that's for sure. I want to direct movies with real budgets and that's what I'm going after next --- but as of this year, I have DONE THE WORK.

There's a lot of people who've told me what I need to do: I need to do standup every night, I need to go to this and that school and get into this festival and win these awards and cast these famous people in my movie, I need a certain kind of headshots, I need to network and join societies. Well, I've made choices about what I really need to do and I've done a lot of different things my way, because hey - I want a path that not everyone is walking down - and I've done the work to walk down that specific path.

A couple years ago before I shot my first feature film, I was very depressed because I thought it wasn't going to happen and it was impossible. It has very nearly been impossible many times - mostly because of general rejections on top of financing and casting troubles. But I financed it and acted in it myself and so fuck it - it happened. It's 1 week away from done and paid for. There's things that were hard and things that are flawed in the final film- but I needed to make those mistakes - because they make me better at doing what I want to do.

I feel that part of success is luck and opportunity - but luck and opportunity cannot strike if you don't do the work - If you can't unequivocally show people what you are capable of. And I feel right now, I've done the work to show that. So it's entirely on me and my shoulders if I don't get what I want out of life. That's how I feel. But it feels really great to have done the work --- because I finally feel free and able to go after all my dreams.

This is the best year yet. I'm going after what's next, and going after things IS MY FAVORITE.

3) Feminism has, for the first time in my life, become understood and accepted.

There is still so much work to be done, but there is no coincidence in the timing of Hillary's success.Everything I've been hungry for in life feels more possible, in the vast and important ways.

The pain of being a little girl in a man's world - a pain you are met with by the constant disappointments in life of things that are not for you --- is being healed by each glass ceiling broken, each acceptance of female competence, each celebration and understanding of our experience.

Progress is still needed but women are today heard in a new and different way than ever before, and that's just a really loving thing.

4) I can look to my bad times and know with 100% certainty that things do get better.

Yesterday was the 6 year anniversary of my dad's stroke, which he survived but with severe handicaps, which has also considerably handicapped my mother's life who is his full time caregiver.

Living through this has been hard and sad and seemingly impossible - but I know that all things are possible. We are here, we are living with it and through it. We are all going to France on a vacation together in July. My parents don't really do things like "summer in France" - but they are doing it in a few weeks, and proving that there is more happiness to be had, and more wonderful life to live, in spite of tragedy and difficulties they face every day. The simplicity of being able to still have a lovely experience like staying in a Chateau in the Loire valley, when you can no longer wipe your own ass -- or when you have to wipe your husband's ass for him and afterwards place his jewels properly so he doesn't sit on them -- is perhaps what life is all about.=====

On top of all this I've lived a life of wild adventure and privilege - some I was born into and some I made my own. I'm lucky to be born as an American -- yes there is privilege in growing up here. There is privilege to being raised as a woman now, versus every previous decade. There is privilege to being raised in a beautiful suburban New Jersey town with seasons and safety, with hardly any cellphones or internet yet, graduating high school in 1999, and the with the shore in the summer, NYC access year round, and snow in the winter. I'm very lucky to be raised by parents who support and embrace and encourage me. I could go on, but yes, I'm lucky. My life has been filled with great depths of sadness and struggle but also met with outrageous reward and adventure. Here's to all of the things hopefully that we could all list as damn lucky from the day we were born.

Please let my own personal life lessons be a message to you about where happiness and fulfillment comes from-- and that is living from your heart, and following your own path sincerely - not giving up, and not giving in. You do you.

This is my favorite year yet.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Oh hey!  Checkout this great snap of me Directing in NOLA with my skirt being blown up by wind AND on Marilyn's birthday no less!  Also read these awesome BTS deets about SJ & GINNY​'s "Urban Teach Now" which turned out amazingly! Seriously so happy with the performances, story, and camera work - you don't always get such perfection from the people you collaborate with, and I'm telling you ... Urban Teach Now is a GEM!

Read more here:

Friday, April 08, 2016


The chillest Hillz event coming right at you for positive vibes right when we all need it most: The Upcoming NY Presidential Primaries!
Sat April 16
12 midnight - 4am

Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Jena Friedman
Selena Coppock
Liam McEneany
Benari Poulten
Mo Fathelhab
Rachel Coleman
Catie Lazarus
Andy Ostroff
Hosted by Heather Fink

homemade Hillary treats, a Hillary drink special, posters/art or graphic design/best Pantsuit competition, best Hillary shirt competition

Plus a “why I think Hillary is so chill” spoken word open mic - in between comedians

Contact:*** Feeling the Bern but Hillary-curious? Bi-presidential orientations with chill attitudes welcome! ***