Heidi is currently developing an LGBTQ+ Limited Series for Fallout Entertainment and Co-Writer on a rock musical that will premiere in Las Vegas in 2023.
Raised in a family of theater artists in Austin, Texas, Heidi James has been creating roles like the tap dancing jackrabbit in her family’s traveling roadshow since the age of seven. Edgy female-driven content that extracts humor from pain (and sometimes even creates magic from it), is where Heidi lives in her writing.
In 2003 she was invited into 29th Street Rep, a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company that produced the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe. Heidi is currently adapting one of the company's hit plays; Follow The Queen, into a female-driven noir feature film set in the pressure cooker of a cabin in the woods.
Heidi's pilot Deadshot Girls recently earned her an invitation to CineStory’s TV Fellowship & Retreat. The pilot was lone runner-up in Script Pipeline's First Look Project 2020 and Winner of the Best TV Pilot in La Femme International Film Festival, among many other accolades. Her pre-apocalyptic drama short, Love Bugs, placed in the Top Ten Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition, Winner Best Screenplay HollywoodJust4Shorts, and many other accolades, including a Spotlight Awards Nomination from Fresh Voices for "Writers who dare to think out of the box. who don't conform to formula or convention, and are determined to push the boundaries of imagination and innovation.”
Heidi toured as a blues singer and studied screenwriting at AFTRF in Sydney, Australia, Film Video Arts in New York, Film Independent and Screenwriting University in Los Angeles. She interned for Jeff Gordon at Writer’s Boot Camp and has consulted with Jess Hinds.
Other projects include: Co-creating Wolfe, a 1950's Entourage biopic based on the real life escapades of veteran actor Micheal Greene, with guidance from Micheal's best friend Hampton Fancher, (Blade Runner). And a treatment for SONY and the band Cypress Hill.
In 2021 she transcribed a documentary about five Filipino painters for Nelson Datu-Anderson of Rok Films.
Next up is co-writing a horror script with her father, Edwin Neal (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).