Heidi Schmidt Emberling is a filmmaker and freelance editor living in the Bay Area. She received an Emmy nomination for editing San Francisco: Birth of a City, the first documentary in a 12-part series about the history of San Francisco for KRON-TV, San Francisco's NBC affiliate. She has edited for PBS (KQED), HGTV, and Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic in both features and commercials. She produced and directed two short TV pieces on Guatemalan street kids and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Films by Heidi Schmidt Emberling

Spirit of the Dawn

"Education is your most powerful weapon. With it, you are the whiteman's equal, without it, you are his victim." Chief Plentycoups, last Crow Chief

Spirit of the Dawn explores the dramatic changes in Indian education from the boarding schools of the past, where children were beaten for speaking their language in school, to the more culturally-sensitive classrooms of today.

Tangled Roots

More than 55 years after the end of World War II, Germans and Jews still struggle with the difficult legacies of war. Filmmaker Heidi Schmidt Emberling confronts her German father and Jewish mother about the devastating secrets and painful silence about the past as she struggles to reconcile her dual identity as both a German and a Jew.