The Way to Open the 2011 Heartland Film Festival!  

As our first annual Heartland Film Festival Sneak Peek fundraiser was winding down last Thursday, we announced our Opening Night Event film, The Way, written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen. Even more exciting than the announcement of the film was the announcement that Estevez and Sheen are scheduled to attend the event on October 13!

The Way follows Tom (Sheen), an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (Estevez) who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking “El Camino de Santiago”, or The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historic pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.

“Martin and I are thrilled and honored to be opening this year’s Heartland Film Festival with The Way,” said Estevez. “The Way is a movie that pushes back against the tide of cynicism and despair that many people in our country are feeling these days. The film celebrates what is missing for so many: community, family and faith. We are proud and excited to share it with the folks in Indiana at this awesome and important film festival.”

In addition to announcing the Opening Night Event we gave folks in attendance a small preview of what’s to come this year by showing trailers for Hamill, Crime After Crime and Two Life. You’ll have to wait until the Announcement Celebration on September 20 when we announce the award winners to see how they did in the screening process. We’ve gotta keep a few things a surprise for that night. :)

We can’t be more excited to share this film with you as well! Tickets for the Opening Night Event (and all other 2011 Heartland Film Festival screenings and events) go on sale September 21. Hope to see you there!