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Movies to watch with Dad

As a follow up to “Movies to watch with Mom,” the staff of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has come up with another great list of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners and Heartland Film Festival films to watch with Dad for Father’s Day:

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon
2010 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection

It’s 1980, and 11-year-old Moon Blake has spent most of his life hiding out in the forests of Alabama with his father, an anti-government radical who clings to conspiracy theories and trusts no one. Moon’s life suddenly changes when the land is sold and his father dies. He has never known any truth but his Papa, and so he tries to follow his last instructions: make your way to Alaska where “people could still make a living off trapping.”

Purchase Alabama Moon on DVD or Blu-ray.
Watch Alabama Moon on Netflix.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner

A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls “The Worst Day,” he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock – encountering an eclectic assortment of people who are each survivors in their own way – he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him.

Purchase Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on DVD or Blu-ray.
Watch Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on Netflix.


Beginners

Beginners
Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized and tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Purchase Beginners on DVD or Blu-ray.
Watch Beginners on Netflix.


Sacrifices of My Father

Sacrifices of My Father
2011 Heartland High School Film Competition Grand Prize Winner

Sacrifices of My Father is a short documentary addressing the courageous acts of selflessness and determination Miguel Lopez Sr. embodies for his family’s financial security. Working cities away, he endures obstacles in a minimum wage job to solely support his family of four.

Watch Sacrifices of My Father Online at Vimeo


Buck

Buck
Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner

This richly textured and visually stunning film follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect. The animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life.

Purchase Buck on DVD or Blu-ray.
Watch Buck on Netflix.


Warrior

Warrior
Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting. An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. When Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

Purchase Warrior on DVD or Blu-ray.
Watch Warrior on Netflix.


Somebody's Hero

Somebody’s Hero
2011 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection

An average guy in New York City unexpectedly foils a robbery while wearing a Man America superhero costume. After the security video hits the news and causes a media frenzy, he gets convinced to keep playing the part of a superhero. A problem when you have no superpowers!

Somebody’s Hero will be available starting on Father’s Day – June 17, 2012, from Brainstorm Media. It can be watched On Demand and online, via: InDemand, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Amazon.com, Available on iTunes, Blockbuster.com, Microsoft Network (Xbox), AT&T U-verse, Sony Entertainment Network (Video Unlimited & PlayStation), Youtube/Google Play and Vudu.com. For a complete list visit www.SomebodysHeroMovie.com.


What are your all-time favorite movies to watch with Dad?

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Updates on Waste Land, Red Dog

Waste Land – Jardim Gramacho Landfill Closes

2010 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award-winner Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump. At Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Muniz photographs an eclectic band of catadores, self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives.

In the film, Muniz helped a handful of these catadores reimagine their lives through art. Now everyone who relied on Jardim Gramacho must reimagine their lives through the closing of the landfill. The catadores’ home and source of livelihood was closed on the weekend of June 2-3 by the local government. All trash is now being redirected to Seropedica, Rio de Janeiro’s next-generation dump. Roughly 1,700 strong, the catadores will receive a lump-sum payout and job training, but their future is still a big unknown. Read more at Yahoo! Finance.

Red Dog – Film Picked Up for North American Distribution

2011 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize Award winner for Best Narrative Feature, Red Dog, continues its already successful post-festival run. The Australian film has been picked up for North American distribution by ARC Entertainment.

Based on a legendary true story, Red Dog tells the tale of a hitchhiking hound that united a remote mining community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master in the 1970′s. Read more at Screen Daily.

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Carmel High School Wins Inaugural Team High School Competition

On Saturday, May 19, we had our first ever pilot program for the Team High School Competition. The winning film, Rotating Clock, was submitted by Carmel High School. The film, about an unmotivated student and a guidance counselor, shows that history does not have to repeat itself:

Congratulations to the Carmel High School team! Thank you to all the judges and students for participating, to the Pike Performing Arts Center for hosting, and to Roberts Imaging for providing prizes and gift certificates for the competition. Make sure to check out the Roberts Imaging website and “like” Roberts Imaging on Facebook.

The Winning Team from Carmel High School. Judge Andie Redwine, filmmaker; producer/writer of Paradise Recovered, Narrative Feature Official Selection at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival, speaks to the students.

You can view more photos from the competition on the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Facebook page.

Roberts Imaging

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Heartland Team High School Film Competition

Everyone here at Heartland is gearing up for what is sure to be an exciting event! If the High School Film Competition wasn’t enough, this year we’re releasing a group competition that isn’t messing around. Two small teams of up to five filmmakers from six local high schools have been invited to participate in this time-based challenge. The premise of the competition is to create a 3-minute film aligning with a theme that meets Heartland’s mission to promote positive change in people’s lives through the transformative power of film.

The six high schools that will be participating this year are:

  • Carmel High School
  • Decatur Central High School
  • Franklin Central High School
  • Heron High School
  • Lawrence North High School
  • Pike High School

The day the competition will begin Heartland will announce the theme of the film, a character that must be present in the film and a prop that must be used in the film! The students will have one week to create their film from that point. After the week is up, Heartland will review the films, and present them on May 19th at 10 A.M. at the Pike Performing Arts Center. Awards will be given for the following categories: Top 3 overall, Best Use of Theme and Best Use of Character.

The judges for this year’s competition will include:

  • Andie Redwine, filmmaker; producer/writer of Paradise Recovered, Narrative Feature Official Selection at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival
  • Filmmaker, video-artist, and photographer, Thomas Lewis teaches video production in Media Arts and Science at IUPUI.
  • One volunteer from the Heartland Film Festival screener committees and Truly Moving Picture Award jury will analysis each film specifically for how they align with Heartland’s mission.

Big thanks goes out to Roberts Camera, the Official Provider of the prizes for the winning teams!

Let’s wish these students good luck, because they are going to need it!

Join us on May 19th at the Pike Performing Arts Center at 9:30 a.m. for this FREE event!

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Movies to watch with Mom

Mom’s special day is just around the corner and we’ve got a list of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners and Heartland Film Festival films to watch with her for Mother’s Day. Whether she’s documentary, independent film or blockbuster lover, we’ve got a little bit of everything on this list.

Babies

This non-fiction film follows the lives of four babies from various parts of the world through their first year of life. Unlike any other film on our list of Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films, Babies carries no dialogue. We are invited to examine the worlds of these children in a very beautiful way – observation. Although we hear the parents speak to the children, there are no subtitles and even when we are listening to the voice of the mother in San Fransisco, we barely hear what she says. The entire perception of the film comes from observation. We are not forced into thinking a certain way. We simply watch how these children grow and develop throughout their first year of life bringing to light many different feelings and reactions.

Purchase Babies on DVD.
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The Blind Side

Teenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness becomes much more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences and backgrounds.

Purchase The Blind Side on Blu-ray.
Purchase The Blind Side on DVD.
Add The Blind Side to your Netflix queue.

Like Dandelion Dust

Joey lives an idyllic life with his parents on the coast of Florida. His days are spent playing with his cousins and sailing with his dad. It’s a perfect life until the day they receive a disturbing phone call: a stranger’s decision could tear Joey away from the comfort and security of the only home he’s ever known.

Purchase Like Dandelion Dust on DVD.
Add Like Dandelion Dust to your Netflix Queue.


A Shine of Rainbows

Maire O’Donnell has a smile that can light up the darkest room. Joyful, warm and caring, she adopts a young orphan named Tomas and whisks him off to a new home on remote Corrie Island, off the coast of Ireland. Maire shares with Tomas the joys of her island home and introduces him to the whimsical local folklore, including the secret of the seals, and teaches him that everything you need is inside of you- if you really look.  But Maire’s stern husband Alec silently disapproves of Tomas’ timidity and halting speech.

Purchase A Shine of Rainbows on DVD.
Watch A Shine of Rainbows on Netflix.

His & Hers

His & Hers is a creative documentary that combines observation and imagination to illustrate a universal love story. The film explores woman’s relationship with man by visiting moments from the lives of 70 female characters. Shot in the hallways, living rooms and kitchens across the Irish Midlands, the story moves sequentially from young to old to deliver a uniquely charming perspective into sharing life’s journey.

Watch His & Hers on Netflix.

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Update on 2011 HFF Grand Prize Winner Red Dog

Red DogRed Dog, based on a legendary true story, tells the tale of a hitchhiking hound that united a remote mining community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master in the 1970′s.

Since winning the Heartland Film Festival $100,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature Award last October, Red Dog’s success hasn’t slowed down.

- Last November Red Dog won big at the Jameson Inside Film (IF) Awards, the people’s choice awards for Australian film. The movie took home six awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Direction (Kriv Stenders), Best Cinematography (Geoff Hall), Best Actor (Josh Hall), Best Script (Daniel Taplitz) and Best Music (Cezary Skubiszewski).

- Red Dog continued its native success at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. AFI awarded Red Dog the Samsung Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (AACT) Award for Best Film, as well as the AFI Members’ Choice Award.

- Beyond its critical success, Red Dog was the year’s top-grossing film in Australia, making more than $21 million at the box office. Upon its home video release late last year, the film quickly became the best-selling DVD of 2011 and is now Australia’s top-selling DVD of all-time.

- Koko, the canine actor who played the film’s title role, won Best Dog in a Foreign Film at the Golden Collar Awards. The award ceremony took place on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Check out Koko’s acceptance speech:

- Red Dog made its theatrical debut in the United Kingdom on Feb. 24, opening to rave reviews.

- Plans have recently been announced by Australian producers to adapt Red Dog into a stage musical. Whether Koko will sing or not has not yet been determined.

HTMP would like to congratulate Red Dog on its continued success. Visit the official Red Dog website to learn more about the film.

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High School Film Competition Underway!

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:

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Chimpanzee is a new Truly Moving Picture Award winner!

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!

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Waste Land Latest Screening at JCC

Waste LandOne 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:

Learn more about Waste Land at the film’s official website.

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening. View our calendar of events to learn more about upcoming HTMP screenings.

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Find A Way to Win The Way!

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.

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