We’ve recently started to get our High School Film Competition submissions. The competition is definitely tight! But the deadline hasn’t arrived yet, and we want to remind everyone if they haven’t sent their film in yet, that they should definitely start thinking about it. The deadline is June 1st, 2012. Everyone at Heartland can’t wait to see what all of you have come up with!
Need a little inspiration? Check out the 2011 HSFC Grand Prize winner, Sacrifices of My Father:
We are excited to announce that the upcoming documentary Chimpanzee is the latest film to become a Truly Moving Picture Award winner. Tim Allen narrates the gorgeous adventure of a baby chimpanzee named Oscar and how he grew up in the dangerous world of the jungle. The movie is able to capture some of the most authentic moments of Oscar’s life like how he started to explore and struggled to break open those delicious nuts.
What our jury really responded to was the emotional connections between the chimpanzees in the tribe. When it seemed that Oscar would be lost and alone, there was a shocking turn of events that even surprised the experts. Everyone in the jury was awed by the natural beauty of the film from the cute little chimps to the glorious massive waterfalls. Chimpanzee is a film that was able to depict a new sort of family while giving an educational insight to a fascinating creature’s lifestyle that will inspire all ages through its wondrous images. Catch the film when it hits theaters on April 20!
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For the people of Jardim Gramacho it’s even more than that—it’s their livelihood.
A 2010 HFF Crystal Heart winner, Waste Land follows popular artist Vik Muniz as he travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Muniz photographs “catadores,” people who make a living by picking recyclable materials out of the trash. We learn that the “catadores” are either born into this poverty-stricken lifestyle or pick as an alternative to selling drugs or prostituting themselves.
Six “catadores” repurpose trash into giant murals of themselves at Muniz’s studio, of which photographic prints are eventually sold for tens of thousands to of dollars at European auctions. As the film reveals more about these “catadores” we experience their everyday lives first-hand, feel their despair, and swell at their successes.
Waste Land showcases the transformative power of art and its affect on the human spirit. It challenges us to recognize those who are overlooked, both in our everyday lives and abroad. It makes us aware of other ways of life and how our own lifestyle may need adjusting.
On March 12 Heartland Truly Moving Pictures screened the documentary at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis. The crowd was moved by the film and discussed their reactions with each other immediately afterwards:
Over here at Heartland we were fortunate enough to get a few extra copies of the film, The Way, sent our way. This movie is about the trials and tribulations that Tom, played by Martin Sheen, has to overcome during his journey along the Camino de Santiago. A journey he is continuing to honor his son, who desired to complete the walk, but died along the way.
If you would like to win a copy of this fantastic film, you just have to answer a simple question in the comments below.
What is the greatest journey you have ever embarked on?
Start sharing, because the contest ends at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 28th! We will select one winner at random after that date and contact them via email.
Jason Russell, one of the three men who started the Invisible Children phenomenon with their trip first to Sudan then Uganda in 2003 – and made a film about it – released a new video focused specifically on Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), creating a call to action for him to be found and brought to justice in 2012. In one week, the 30-minute video has been seen over 74 million times.
The slickly-produced video has attracted a lot of comment, with both detractors and supporters weighing in. Regardless of what anyone thinks about the content of the video, you can’t deny that it has gotten a lot of attention – and that speaks directly to the power that film has in our culture. Whether used for good or ill, transformation or derision, film, and in this case, film combined with the power of social media, has gotten the world’s attention. It has gotten people talking and thinking.
Did you care, before last week, about the LRA? Not many have even thought about it, if they ever knew who they were. You now either have an opinion or are looking up the pages of videos created in response, are reading blogs, or getting Tweets about it.
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures believes in the same thing: the power of film. We believe the transformative power of film can introduce you to new ideas, inspire you to take action, get you talking. The accumulated effect of many people transformed by the power of film can create great change in the world. And that is why Heartland has existed, for 21 years and counting.
Imagine years of civil war filled with countless atrocities committed against you and your people. Beheadings. Rape. Enslavement. Genocide. Then imagine the conflict ends and the perpetrators of those acts live amongst you, granted amnesty by the state government.
Could you physically live among these people? Could you mentally handle the daily roller coaster of fear, sorrow and anger? Could you even fathom the idea of forgiveness?
These were all among the questions that were discussed at a March 9 screening of Fambul Tok, a 2011 HFF Award-winning documentary film that tells the story of healing in post-conflict Sierra Leone through the intimate stories of aggressors and victims.
Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.
Last weekend attendees gathered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in Indianapolis, to discuss the film in small groups before joining the film’s executive producer, Libby Hoffman, for a question and answer session via Skype:
Fambul Tok’s radical notion of reconciliation touched everyone who attended. If the villagers of Sierra Leone can forgive each other, then we too can forgive in our everyday lives.
Through a partnership with Emerging Filmmakers, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is pleased to announce another opportunity to experience Fambul Tok. Join us on March 25 at the Georgetown 14 Cinemas. The screening starts at 3 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here.
Exciting news! Thanks to the generous support of the LDI 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program, we are able to start a new community screening program in Indianapolis! Starting this month we’re spreading the Heartland Film Festival love around the city by partnering with various organizations to bring you past Festival films all year long.
We’re still sorting out all of the final details, but we have our first screening to share with you. On March 25, we’re partnering with Emerging Filmmakers to present 2011 HFF Award winner, Fambul Tok at Georgetown 14 Cinemas. Screening starts at 3 p.m. with a discussion following the film. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here.
Many thanks to LDI, Ltd. and the LDI 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program for this amazing opportunity! Congratulations to the other recipients: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, The Cabaret, The Children’s Museum, Conner Prairie, Drum Corps International, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indiana State Fair Foundation, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Zoo and Music for All. We can’t wait to see all of your projects!
On March 2nd Heartland Truly Moving Pictures participated in their second First Friday. We kicked off the night around 6 o’clock with our first screening of God of Love, an Award winner from the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. This short film is about a love struck lounge singer, whose prayers are answered when he comes across a box of love-inducing darts. This quirky romantic short was definitely one you didn’t want to miss. So if you’re reading this and you didn’t get a chance to come out and see us… well you really messed up, and you’ll never get a chance to see it again.
Between this film, and the hypnotizing tunes coming from WITT 91.9 DJing in our lobby, the night turned out to be a smashing success! People loved the film, and are excited that we are finally able to participate in First Friday.
Next month we’ll be showing two of the winners of our High School Film Competition from previous years, Clay and Sacrifices of My Father. You really don’t want to miss these brilliant short films made by extremely talented young directors.
If you can’t wait that long to go to another Heartland screening, which lets be honest, we all know you cant. There are four more screenings that we are doing this month! Take a glance at our year round screenings schedule to see if you can make any of them!
It’s finally that time again! Time to announce our newest TMPA winner! Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was recently voted by our wonderful jury to win the Award. The film comes to theaters March 2, and I personally cannot wait! Ted (voiced by Zac Efron), a love struck twelve-year-old boy lives in a plastic town called Thneedville. In order to impress Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, he goes on a mission to find a real tree. In order to get the seed, he must escape the confines of Thneedville, and find the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms). The movie is filled with fun, quirky characters and a few musical numbers that are bound to get you moving! It is definitely something you and your children should not miss!
The pro-environment message was very well liked by the TMPA jury, and they felt that it was a positive and simple message for young children to understand. The jury loved the animation and felt the 3D effects enhanced the movie. The magical world that Dr. Seuss created in his books was very well portrayed, and it is definitely something that will catch your eye and make it hard to look away! The simple idea that if someone cares enough they can make a difference is one that resounded with the jury, and earned the film the Truly Moving Picture Award.
Incase you missed these TMPA winners in theaters, or simply can’t get enough of them; you can now snatch them up on DVD and Blu-ray!
The Way, a film directed by Emilio Estevez makes its way to DVD/Blu-Ray tomorrow, February 21. Buy it here!
Long before Shrek, Puss in Boots had a tale of his own, and I’m not talking about the one attached to his body! Puss in Boots will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray February 28th!
Disney’s The Muppets originally came flying back to present tense when it was released to theaters. In this movie starring Jason Segal, Amy Adams, and of course the classic Muppets crew, we see what has happened to the Muppets since they disbanded and fell out of the limelight. In case you missed it, or couldn’t get enough of it the first time, you’ll have chance to watch it once again on March 20! Pre-order it today!