Geert E. Heetebrij

Geert Heetebrij


BA - Calvin College, Philosophy and Art, 1993

MFA - University of California, Los Angeles, Film, Television and Digital Media, 2014

Research and scholarship

Interests: Screenwriting, story structure, filmmaking.


  • Subversive Christian Allegory in In the Heat of the Night (1967) - Christian Scholar's Review, 2020.
  • Israel Redux: the Image of Christ in the Gospel According to John - Theopolis Institute, 2018.
  • "The Undergrounds", writer. The screenplay was a semifinalist in the 2013 Page Awards, and winner of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's 2014 Oliver's Prize ("scholarship awarded to Screenwriting graduate student showing excellence in a screenplay written for children, either live-action or animated").
  • "The Interior", co-creator. "The Interior" is a dramatic web series that was featured in The Wall Street Journal's "New Media Trends" (12/16/06).
  • "A Foreign Affair" (aka "Two Brothers and A Bride"), writer-producer. A film with David Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, and Emily Mortimer that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2003), was distributed worldwide, and got "Two Thumbs Up!" from Ebert and Roeper.
  • "Black Slaves for Sale", producer, co-director. A documentary about 21st century slave trade in war-torn Sudan. Co-production of EO TV, Netherlands, and NDR, Germany (2000). Shown in over a dozen countries. U.S. Premiere at Amnesty International Film Festival, 2002.
  • "Trial by Fire", producer, interviewer. A documentary about female convict firefighters augmenting California's wildfire-fighting forces, EO TV, Netherlands (2000).
  • "Love Boat," producer, interviewer. A reality-style 4-episode documentary about NGO Mercy Ships, filmed aboard hospital ship Anastasis in Gambia, Africa for EO TV, Netherlands (2000).

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