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Announcing our year round community screenings!

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!

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Our Second, First Friday!

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.

Just kidding!  You can buy it here!

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!

We hope to see you soon!

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax snags the Truly Moving Picture Award!

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.

Are you excited to see Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax?

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TMPA winners Coming to DVD and Blu-ray!

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!

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We Are City: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at the IMA

As a former (though perpetual) student of history, I am enamored with works of nonfiction.  I could curl up with what others might consider “dry reading material” and be captivated for hours.  I am the same way when it comes to film.  Sure I enjoy a good narrative feature now-and-then, and I have always deeply appreciated a filmmaker’s ability to craft a story and tell it onscreen.  But for me few things compare to the marriage of historical research and real-life story telling that a good documentary provides.

Documentaries have always played a huge role in the Heartland Film Festival, and one of the most common things I heard this past October was, “How can we see this film again?”  Well now you have a chance to see my personal favorite 2011 HFF official selection documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth for the first, second or third time!

The film explores St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe complex.  Once considered a housing marvel, the image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure–one that has been used to attack and criticize public assistance programs, Modernist architecture and the residents of these projects themselves.

The Myth is more than just historical footage of high-rise apartments in the midwest.  It tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the post-War years, analyzing the underlying issues of class, race and suburbanization that have dramatically changed cities across the country.  Director Chad Friedrichs weaves in the personal narratives of several Pruitt-Igoe residents, adding a gripping and emotional component to the saga.

We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to screen this extraordinary film as part of the IMA’s “We Are City” film series.  This is an ongoing program highlighting ideas for making cities better places to live.  It is presented by the IMA and Wishard Health services with support from Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, URBN DSGN, Big Car, The Platform and Indiana Humanities.

Following the film, a moderated panel discussion will take place, and the audience can participate in “action tables” related to residential architecture and affordable housing in Indianapolis.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Toby Theater.  Head here for more information and tickets.

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Cast Me if You Can hits DVD this week!

Presented at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival, Official Selection, Cast Me If You Can, a charming romantic comedy set in Tokyo, written and directed by Atsushi Ogata, was released on DVD on Tuesday!

Cast Me If You Can tells the story of Hiroshi, a perpetual supporting actor, living in the shadow of his famous playwright father, who gets cast in a Woody Allen remake, meets his muse, falls in love and learns to play the lead in his own life.

Head to Amazon to purchase the DVD today!

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Our First First Friday!

Our view of the Cultural Trail.

As you may recall, in September we moved into our new digs in fabulous Fountain Square.  We’ve been enjoying the many great dining options, people watching on the Cultural Trail and getting to know our friendly and creative neighbors.  Located in the Murphy Art Center we have the honor of being surrounded by brilliant artists in a buzzing environment anchored by my personal favorite night out in Indianapolis–First Fridays.  We are excited to announce that Friday, February 3, will be our first involvement in the city’s monthly art tour!

We will be hanging out in our ground floor space from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  We’ll have beer from Upland Brewing Company to go along with multiple screenings of the 2011 Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short The First Anders. This is a great opportunity to welcome the arts community, neighborhood and city into our new home, and we look forward to celebrating with friends, old and new.

If you have never been to a First Friday, you are in for a real treat.  You should expect a night full of wonderful art, people, conversation, food and drink at galleries and studios all around the city.  It is a celebration of the best this city has to offer, and the timing could not be better.  With thousands of visitors in town for the Big Game and Fountain Square as one of the Super Celebration Sites, it’s sure to be one exciting night.  We hope to see you there!

P.S. Before heading out, make sure you are familiar with these transportation and parking guidelines.  Know Before You Go!

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Seven TMPA winners snag Oscar nominations!

As we all know, award season has arrived, and I for one cannot wait until the 84th Academy Awards. All of us here at Heartland will be cheering on the seven Truly Moving Picture Award winners that have been nominated in 16 different categories!

In the technical categories, Jane Eyre received a Best Costume nomination for the amazing time period costumes. Puss in Boots saw some love picking up a nomination in the Animated Feature category. However, leading the pack of TMPA winners is War Horse (word play!) with a total of six nominations, including Best Picture. War Horse better watch his tail though (it’s just too easy!), because Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Help are also nominated in the Best Picture category.

In addition to The Help receiving the Best Picture nomination, it is also looking at three performance nominations, including Best Actress honors for Viola Davis.

Viola Davis isn’t the only actor looking at honors though! We also have three nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category: Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

Click here for a complete listing of nominations.

Join me on February 26 for the live broadcast of the 84th Academy Awards as I tweet with you throughout the evening!

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Festival Award Winner Picks Up BAFTA Nom!

We always get excited when nominations are announced to see if any Heartland-honored films from the past year are recognized. We get especially jazzed when it’s a Festival film! This morning as we scoured the BAFTA nominations, we were so excited to see Heartland Film Festival Award winning short, Abuelas, nominated for Short Animations! We send lots of love to director and friend Afarin Eghbal!

Abuelas Dir. Afarin Eghbal

Also recognized with nominations was Truly Moving Picture Award winner, The Help, with fives noms including Best Film and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. She just scored the Golden Globe this past weekend for the same role so we’ll see if her momentum keeps going. Fellow Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in TMPA winner, Beginners.

We wish all nominees best of luck!

Click here for a complete listing of 2012 BAFTA nominations.

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Announcing the Top 10 TMPA Winners of 2011!

It’s taken us a whole year, but we’re finally ready to unveil our Top 10 TMPA winners of 2011! It’s always difficult choosing the top 10 from a great year of TMPA winners. This year was no exception! Without further ado, the Top 10 list!

10. The Muppets – Walt Disney Pictures
With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

9. Dolphin Tale – Warner Bros.
Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun, because without a tail Winter’s prognosis is dire.

8. Buck – IFC
A real-life “horse-whisperer,” Buck Brannaman 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.

7. War Horse – Walt Disney Pictures
Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

6. Warrior – Lionsgate
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.

5. The Way – Producers Distribution Agency
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago” from France to Spain.

4. Win Win – Fox Searchlight
A disheartened attorney named Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

3. Beginners – Focus Features
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.

2. Sarah’s Key – The Weinstein Company
In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.

1. The Help – Walt Disney Pictures
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960′s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

What do you think? Are there other TMPA winners from 2011 that you would like to see on this list?

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