PR.COM March 15, 2016
Article here.

“The Promised Band,” Wins 2016 Cinequest’s “Best Documentary” and the Canon-Atomos Documentary Filmmaker Award

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BAY AREA HQ March 12, 2016
Video Interview with Jen Heck, Ian Reinhard & Lina Qadri @ Cinequest 2016 here.

CINEQUEST 2016 RED CARPET HIGHLIGHTS & INTERVIEWS
NONFICTIONFILM.COM 12/28/2015
Interview with the filmmakers here.

DOCS IN PROGRESS: 'THE PROMISED BAND' -- FRESH, NUANCED LOOK AT ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DIVIDE
Documentary by Jen Heck tests whether cross-cultural friendship is possible in a land of intractable conflict
To many people "Middle East Peace" is an oxymoron -- so farfetched is the idea of Israelis and Palestinians finding common ground.

But Jen Heck hasn't abandoned all hope.

The American filmmaker spent months in Israel and the West Bank exploring whether a group of Palestinians and Israelis could literally see eye-to-eye. Could they spend time together, face-to-face, no barbed wire between them. What would it take to just hang out?

I see this guy crossing the street with a machine gun and I’m like, 'Oh, this doesn’t look really good.'

 --Jen Heck on shooting her documentary in the West Bank and Israel
The answer, as it turned out, was to form a band, a process Heck documents in her new film, The Promised Band, which is about to launch on the festival circuit. Heck and producer Maria De La O gave Nonfictionfilm.com an exclusive first look at the documentary before festival programmers screened it. We found it moving and surprisingly tender, a film that makes the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so much more human and comprehensible than news reports or other documentaries that focus just on the region's incessant violence.    Full interview here.
AFTERELLEN.COM March 8, 2016
Full interview here.

Queer filmmaker Jen Heck on forming a cross-cultural music group in “The Promised Band”
THE MOVIE GOURMET March 1, 2016
Movie review here.

Cinequest: THE PROMISED BAND
MODERN LATINA March 12, 2016
Article and movie review here.

Movie Review: The Promised Band
JASON WATCHES MOVIES March 16, 2016
Article here.

Jason goes to Cinequest--Day 12
KTVU.COM March 2, 2016
Video report here.

SAN JOSE: Cinequest Film Festival in the spotlight
BAYAREA.COM March 2, 2016
Article here.

Cinequest kicks off!
SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL March 1, 2016
Story here.

Cinequest can be a filmmaker's ticket to bigger things, like an Oscar
DIRECTED BY WOMEN March 1, 2016
Article here.

Events related to women film directors & their work: Cinequest Film Festival
HANDS OF PEACE Event date Sunday, April 17th — 6:00 to 9:30pm
Event info here. Screening info and reservations.

Hands of Peace Chicago Benefit Evening with Featured Guests Documentary Film-Makers Jen Heck and Maria De La O, Director and Producer of the new Film "The Promised Band."
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UC BERKLEY: CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE February 24, 2016
Story here.

A Rabbi, an Ex-Soldier, a Palestinian and Some Lesbians Walk into a Band…
WORLDTRANSLATIONCENTER.COM February 1, 2016
Article here.

The Promised Band: Movie Takes a Look at the Israeli-Palestinian Divide
FILM REVIEWS FROM TWO GUYS IN THE DARK March 9, 2016
Article here.

Film Reviews from Two Guys in the Dark: Only Yesterday and The Promised Band
CINEQUEST ON FACEBOOK March 2, 2016
Photo Gallery Here here.

Photos of the Promised Band Team at the Cinequest Festival
The Promised Band: Filmmaker Intro