Escape Fire



Sundance Institute | Candescent Award

Escape Fire was the inaugural Candescent Award winner at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Candescent Award was created by Lilly Hartley in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) and is awarded to powerful social issue films that have been supported during production by the DFP and that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Candescent is a supporter of the Sundance Institute and believes in the exceptional mentors, filmmakers and leaders that create a sense of community through the Sundance Institute DFP.


Escape Fire examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. This film follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military.

Like a doctor’s carefully structured analysis of a patient’s condition, the film breaks down its massive subject into manageable, clear, but not simplified parts.—Variety






Froemke is a four-time Emmy Award winner with more than 30 documentary films to her credit, from the classic Grey Gardens (1976) to Lalee’s Kin (2001), an HBO film on poverty that earned her an Academy Award nomination. The Audition, a film commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, played in theaters nationwide in April 2009 and premiered on PBS in early 2010. Froemke was the principal filmmaker at the legendary Maysles Films in New York for over two decades.


Matthew Heineman, Director/Producer



Heineman directed and produced Our Time — a feature documentary about what it’s like to be young in today’s America, which premiered on the Documentary Channel in 2011 and simultaneously on numerous digital platforms. He has directed a number of short films and commercials, and for two years he collaborated with Susan Froemke and a team at HBO on the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated HBO series, The Alzheimer’s Project, which aired in May 2009.