Remember our hit Opening Night Event film from the 2010 Heartland Film Festival? Of course you do! It was the Truly Moving Picture Award-winning Snowmen!
By Tim Irwin | November 21, 2011 | No Comments
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!
Both films are very deserving Truly Moving Picture Award winners, and this is your chance to have a copy for yourself!
By Tim Irwin | November 18, 2011 | No Comments
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.
By Tim Irwin | November 14, 2011 | No Comments
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!
By Allison Ackmann | November 8, 2011 | No Comments
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!
By Allison Ackmann | November 8, 2011 | No Comments
In April of this year, we held our very first HFF Night at the JCC with our friends at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. We’re partnering up again for another HFF Night at the JCC during their annual Festival of Books and Arts. Once again, we’ll show three shorts straight from the 2011 Heartland Film Festival (listed below) AND one of the filmmakers will be present and we’ll Skype in the filmmakers following each film for a brief Q&A. Remember that as you watch the film and get those questions ready!
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Ticket Prices: $5 general public / $3 JCC members
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.JCCindy.org, at the JCC or by calling (317) 251-9467. Tickets will be sold at the door. Hope you can join us!
Animated Short | Heartland Film Festival Official Selection
Two Life is a magical love story that takes place during the hundred year life of an upscale department store in the heart of New York City. Two mannequins, Matt and Molly, find themselves pulled apart from the bustle of human interaction, but their love grows to conquer their distance.
Director Paul Symon is scheduled to attend the event.
Sun City Picture House
Documentary Short | Audience Choice Award Winner
Sun City Picture House is the story of Rapheal Louigene a young Haitian man who loves movies. After watching the last of the old colonial movie theaters destroyed in the earthquake he enlists the help of a priest and two young aid workers to build Haiti’s only movie theater on a hill above a tent city. Sun City Picture House is a joyful and moving story of a community torn apart by disaster then united in a singular vision of bringing back cinema to a country destroyed.
Director David Darg & producer Bryn Mooser are scheduled to join us via Skype.
Narrative Short | Vision Award for Best Short
An Iraqi man’s childhood memories return to haunt him when a mysterious stranger visits his isolated hut.
Director Julian Higgins is scheduled to join us via Skype.
By Allison Ackmann | November 7, 2011 | No Comments
One year after making its world premiere at the Heartland Film Festival, Paradise Recovered is returning to Indiana to make it’s theatrical debut! The 2010 Official Selection premieres on November 20 at 3 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana.
Shot entirely on location in Bloomington and Lawrence County, Indiana and in Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered lightheartedly but realistically addresses hard questions about faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture.
Director Storme Wood, writer Andie Redwine (from the scriptwriting workshop!) and actors Heather Wallis and Dane Hurlburt will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. If that isn’t enough for you, they’ll be hanging out at FARM Bloomington’s The Roof Cellar after the event. They’ll have light munchies (you’re welcome to order off the menu!) and a cash bar. All the day’s events can be found on the Paradise Recovered blog.
Tickets are $10/$ 8 for seniors and students and can be purchased through the Buskirk-Chumley box office.
Help us spread the word and pack that premiere!
By Tim Irwin | November 4, 2011 | No Comments
If you weren’t able to catch the TMPA-winning historical drama Sarah’s Key during its theatrical run, it’s coming back today! It will be playing in over 300 theaters around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Cleveland, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Orlando, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and many more! Click here to see where it’s playing near you!
For our Indiana-area fans, Sarah’s Key will be playing in Muncie, Bloomington, Avon, Carmel and Indianapolis, at the AMC Showplace 17! Be sure to catch this TMPA winner in theaters while you can!
By Allison Ackmann | November 3, 2011 | No Comments
Our friends with Works in Progress have let us know that their film is now available on DVD through Amazon! The 2011 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection is a remarkably witty romantic comedy that deftly blends the love of art with the art of love.
Inspirational, funny, poignant and romantic, Works in Progress centers on two lifelong friends and artists, John and Patrick, who move together from their rural roots to the big city in hopes of making it in the art world. They quickly attract the attention of an unscrupulous art dealer, who convinces them to compromise their artistic integrity for financial gain. During a gallery tour, John sees and is attracted to the beautiful, but lonely, Abbey. Despite her harsh criticism of their work, John perseveres and the two begin to date. Patrick and a friend hack into Abbey’s online diary to help John win her heart. The secrets that Patrick shares first strengthen, then undermine, the love and trust between John and Abbey. In the end she realizes that they are both Works in Progress.
Head over to Amazon and snag your copy today!
By Tim Irwin | October 27, 2011 | No Comments
There is a story behind how The Way came to be the 2011 Heartland Film Festival’s Opening Night Event, and it starts just over a year ago. Last year, right before the 2010 Heartland Film Festival, producer David Alexanian dropped a copy of the film off to Ray Mills, the Festival Artistic Director. David had just come from the Toronto International Film Festival, and was hoping we could squeeze it into our line-up. It was impossible for us to adjust our schedule at that time, but it ended up working out in the end!
We had the TMPA jury screen the film, so that when it was picked up for distribution we could give it the attention it deserved. The jury loved the film. They appreciated the rolling landscapes and the meditative pace, but especially the story of a father yearning to reconnect with his estranged son in a powerful way. Bolstered by strong performances and a fitting soundtrack, they felt that it perfectly matched the requirements of a Truly Moving Picture Award winner.
Then came the wait. As their distribution timeline became clearer, it started looking like we might be able to really love on the film in a big way. As Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and David Alexanian plotted their bus tour across the country, it all gelled perfectly and we had the chance to highlight the TMPA winner at our Opening Night Event!
Indy friends – If you weren’t able to attend one of the two sold-out showings during the Festival, be sure to catch it at either the AMC Castleton Square 14 theater or the AMC Showplace 17 theater on the south side. Coincidence that it’s playing at both of our Festival theaters? I think not!