Becoming Santa, a favorite from the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, is now available on DVD just in time for some Holiday cheer!
The 2011 official selection, is the story of one man entering the culture and character of Santa Claus for a single season. We follow Jack as he bleaches his hair and goes to Santa School. He tries to do everything that Santa is asked to do. He works as a sidewalk Santa, does home visits, a Polar Express Train and a parade. Along the way, Jack collects children’s wishes, learns about the benefits of belief, the history and origin of Santa and the ordinary people keeping the spirit alive. Watch the trailer below!
Lots of love for Heartland films at the Golden Globes! Truly Moving Picture Award winners, The Help and War Horse both scored noms in the Best Motion Picture, Drama category. (Read what our jury thought about The Help and War Horse.)
A few more TMPA winners received nominations in the acting categories! Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were all honored for their roles in The Help and Christopher Plummer was recognized for his work in Beginners.
Also available in stores now, the box office surprise The Help hit shelves earlier in December. The film, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, is gearing up for awards season, and if you haven’t already seen it now is the perfect time! You can find it on Amazon here.
Beginners - Nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male Supporting Actor
It’s that time of year again. Awards season! We kick things off today with the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking—from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”
Both Truly Moving Picture Award winners and Heartland Film Festival films felt the love today. Beginners received a total of four nominations including Best Feature and Best Director. The TMPA winner was also nominated for Best Screenplay alongside fellow award winner Win Win. 2011 HFF Official Selection The Redemption of General Butt Naked has been nominated for Best Documentary.
Special congrats to Heather Courtney, director of the 2011 Crystal Heart Award winner, Where Soliders Come From for her nomination for the Truer Than Fiction award!
If you missed these TMPA winners in theaters, you can now catch them on DVD and Blu-ray! Larry Crowne, which was released by Universal Pictures at the beginning of July, is available now on both Blu-ray and DVD. Buy it here!
We’re excited to announce Steven Spielberg’s War Horse as our latest TMPA winner! The film, courtesy of DreamWorks and Disney, hits theaters nationwide on December 25. The film tells the story of a courageous horse around the time of World War I. The story follows the horse as he makes his way across Europe as part of the war machine. But the entire time this War Horse belongs to only one person – the young boy who raised him and trained him in England leading up to the war.
Our TMPA jury enjoyed the film, particularly the beautiful cinematography and strong themes of courage, loyalty and hope. The juxtaposition of horrific war scenes with the rolling landscapes of England and France were found to be thoughtfully executed, as in all of Spielberg’s films. The jury especially appreciated the way soldiers from both sides of the trenches are humanized, particularly in a key climactic scene featuring German and British soldiers in the middle of No Man’s Land. All in all, the jury found the film to be an epic tale told with strong and resilient themes that, even if it is sad at times, is definitely a Truly Moving Picture Award winner.
We’re proud to announce our newest TMPA winner! Opening on November 23, The Muppets hits theaters just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The film charmingly brings back the beloved cast of “The Muppets” in a new story that pits them, ultimately, against a rich oil tycoon. To make enough money to buy back their old studio they have to stage a new show, something they haven’t done in years. With the help of some new friends, Kermit sets out to reunite the old gang, and save the Muppet Studio!
Our TMPA jurors were enamored with the film. Those who remembered the Muppets’ antics of years past were reengaged and delighted, and those who hadn’t been Muppets fans were freshly introduced to the gang. The tongue-in-cheek style of the film is always poking fun, but only at the Muppets themselves. This allows the film to have a pervasively positive tone, and the silliness and humor of the dialogue make the positive messages of growing up and staying friends all the easier to understand. All in all, The Muppets was roundly received by the jury, and a rare unanimous winner of the Truly Moving Picture Award!
One of my personal favorite things about the Festival is receiving all of the great news from filmmakers about various releases of their films after the Festival closes. We’re happy to share with you that the documentary A Journey in My Mother’s Footsteps, a 2011 official selection opens in Los Angeles this Friday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in New York on December 2 exclusively at the Quad Cinema! Don’t live in LA or NYC? We’re hearing a buzz that more cities might follow!
First time filmmaker Dina Rosenmeier lovingly chronicles the life of her 75- year old mother, Jessie Rosenmeier. Jessie’s life has been an extraordinary one dedicated to the education, safety and quality of life of thousands of children around the globe primarily in third world impoverished countries. This film is exactly that. Inspirational and uplifting, the film and Jessie’s life exemplify the power of one and the value of caring for one another.
We hope that you can make it to one of these premieres for the film to keep the conversation about this film going!