High School Filmmaker Profile: Luke Broyles Honors Friendship Through Film  

This blog post is one in a series, which documents the experiences of the High School Film Competition Award-winning filmmakers as well as those High School Film Competition official selection filmmakers at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. The 2010 Heartland High School Film Competition theme was Hope. The 2011 Call for Entries opens January 15, 2011 and the theme is Courage.

When we started sifting through the 2010 Heartland High School Film Competition submissions, we were surprised to find such a powerful and well-made film from an 11-year-old. Luke Broyles’ film Michael is a well-crafted and wonderful examination of friendship and we were honored to have it play as an Official Selection in the High School Film Competition Program during the 2010 Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland wasn’t alone in honoring this tremendous film. Michael also received an honorable mention at the DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival, both the Judges Award and Audience Award at the REEL Teens Film Festival held in the Catskills of New York and Michael also played as an official selection in the Louisville International Festival of Film, the Durango International Film Festival in Colorado and the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Alabama. It’s been a big year for Luke and for Michael.

But with all these outstanding film festival honors, I think those of us at Heartland are most impressed with the non-festival awards Luke has been receiving for Michael. Luke will be receiving the Schemmel Award from the Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana at their annual awards dinner. The Schemmel Award is an annual in honor of an individual or organization that promotes ethics and understanding of those with disabilities.  Last year’s recipient was Jason Fishburn, honored Indy police officer.

Additionally, several local schools are also showing Michael at all-school assemblies over the next two months. These schools are showing Luke’s film as a way to help students think about understanding and befriending others who are different from them. This is the exactly the power we at Heartland believe films can have to help engage, educate and inspire!

It seems Luke is never without his camera or a story brewing and we can’t wait to see what he does next!

Watch Luke’s film, Michael: