When Heidi Horne (Henricks) was a teen, she loved creative writing and wanted to be a screenwriter but she chickened out. Instead, she became an aviator, army officer, mom and real estate appraiser. Then, she wrote a comedic scene for her youngest daughter's acting reel, and both her teen girls loved it! For two years, her oldest daughter encouraged her to write the rest of the story, so she finally did.
She created her Charlotte Moon Mysteries' characters and world and wrote her first feature-length mystery/comedy for young adults called Green on the Greens. The characters and setting are loosely based on her family, friends and the elegant, southern area they call home along Lake Norman in North Carolina.
Her youngest daughter said it would be fun to make the film version, and so the family's journey into the world of independent film production began!
Heidi formed Southern Picnic Productions for the sole purpose of producing the family film project. She had a small film crew, a couple volunteers and a 25 person cast that included her son and daughters. Drawing upon her military officer and mom skills and the grace of God, she directed, produced and distributed her micro-budget feature film Green on the Greens (2021) onto several streaming platforms.
This experience ignited her passion for filmmaking. Now, she's dedicated to growing the art and business of independent film in her region and making a positive impact on her community and world-wide audience.