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Vote Now: Six Heartland Award Winners Up for Gotham Awards

Independent Film Project (IFP) has partnered with Festival Genius to present the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards. IFP has compiled audience choice award-winning films from the top 50 U.S. and Canadian film festivals, giving you the opportunity to select the top five films of your choosing to move on to round two:

HURRY: Round 1 Voting Ends Tuesday, Dec. 5!

Vote for these Heartland Film Festival / Truly Moving Picture Award Winners to advance to round two:

Per IFP: “The five nominees will be chosen from your votes and will be invited to attend the Gotham Awards where the winner will be announced live. The second round of voting will begin on November 8, 2013, and will feature the top 5 films from round one. The winner of the Audience Award, powered by Festival Genius will be announced at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards on December 2, 2013.”

Good luck to all the Heartland Award Winners!

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2013 Heartland Film Festival Concludes with Special Presentation of “The Book Thief,” Announces Audience Choice & Best Premiere Award Winners

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17-26) capped off its tenth and final day on Saturday with a special presentation of 20th Century Fox’s “The Book Thief” (in theaters nationwide Nov. 27).

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival hosted, from left, Actor Geoffrey Rush, Producer Karen Rosenfelt, Actor Sophie Nelisse and Director Brian Percival for its Closing Night Event presentation of “The Book Thief” (20th Century Fox).
The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival hosted, from left, Actor Geoffrey Rush, Producer Karen Rosenfelt, Actor Sophie Nélisse and Director Brian Percival for its Closing Night Event presentation of “The Book Thief” (20th Century Fox).

After its presentation of the film, Heartland presented the Truly Moving Picture Award to Director Brian Percival, the Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award to Actor Sophie Nélisse and the Pioneering Spirit Award (the organization’s lifetime achievement award) to Actor Geoffrey Rush.

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival Closing Night Event is introduced by, from left, COO Stuart Lowry, Festival Director Louise Henderson and Artistic Director Tim Irwin at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theatre.
The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival Closing Night Event is introduced by, from left, COO Stuart Lowry, Festival Director Louise Henderson and Artistic Director Tim Irwin at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theatre.

Also announced were Heartland’s 2013 Audience Choice Award Winners and its inaugural Best Premiere Award Winners across all categories:

Audience Choice Award Winners

Best Premiere Award Winners

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Get Ready for Heartland Film Festival Screenings in Fountain Square, Oct. 23 – 26 at The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community

Get Ready – Fountain Square Screenings Begin Wednesday!

Two nightly screenings right in Heartland’s neighborhood at the Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community – Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26 in Fountain Square!

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Festival Award Shorts 2 – 5:30 p.m.
The Retrieval – 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24
Shorts Program 4 (Small Bites) – 5:30 p.m.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors – 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25
Shorts Program 6 (Strange and Odd Bits and Bobs) – 5:30 p.m.
Blood Brother – 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Valentine Road – 5:30 p.m.
Hide Your Smiling Faces – 8 p.m.

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Catch “Walking with the Enemy” at the Heartland Film Festival!

Although it was confirmed right after our guide books went to press, the Heartland Film Festival is proud to present Liberty Studios’ “Walking with the Enemy” in an additional TBA slot beyond its two previously published screenings! Don’t miss this powerful narrative feature starring Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong and Hannah Tointon.

Join us for these screenings of “Walking with the Enemy” – we’ll be joined by select members of the film’s cast and crew with opportunities for autographs and discussion:

Inspired by a true story, “Walking with the Enemy” follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Regent Horthy (Ben Kingsley) is the remarkable leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. In an attempt to balance war and peace, the Regent is faced with ceding power to German adversaries or witnessing the execution of his son. As his control of the country is challenged, his enemies move Hungarians to ghettos and death camps, with no hope in sight. But the despair changes when a young man named Elek (Jonas Armstrong) emerges. Separated from his family during the relocations and aided by the woman he loves, he defies the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time, disguised as a Nazi Officer he embarks on a mission to save his family and thousands of his countrymen. Filled with suspense and danger, “Walking with the Enemy” is an unforgettable film of love, courage, and sacrifice.

Learn more about the film at the official “Walking with the Enemy” website.

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2013 Heartland Film Festival Announces Grand Prize Winners

Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17-26) has announced its four 2013 Grand Prize Award Winners at its Awards Ceremony at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

The black tie event was emceed by Michael Grady, Indiana Pacers/Indiana Fever emcee and ESPN Radio personality, and introduced by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Special guest presenters included professional basketball player Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), radio personality Scott Hoke (WFYI) and Janet Allen (Indiana Repertory Theatre).

Actor Vanessa Hudgens received the Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award for her role in “Gimme Shelter,” the Festival’s Opening Night Event film that held its world premiere on Thursday.

“Every year it’s exciting to see amazing filmmaker talent from around the world right here in Indianapolis,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “Our Festival does an amazing job of connecting films to audiences and audiences to filmmakers. Heartland is proud to honor the very best in international, independent films that do more than just entertain. As evidenced by this year’s winners, Heartland continues to grow artistically and redefine expectations of what inspiring film looks like.”

Winners include:

Narrative Feature ($50,000 Grand Prize)

Documentary Features ($50,000 Grand Prize)

Narrative Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)

Documentary Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)

High School Film Competition ($2,500 Grand Prize)

As an Academy Award®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category, Heartland is widely respected in the independent film community. Offering 282 film screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, workshops and special events, Heartland gives fans the opportunity to see films from around the world and meet the filmmakers who craft them.

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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Steve Hoover, Director of “Blood Brother”

The English language is vast and has a plethora of words. Yet I can’t think of two more somber words than “AIDS orphanage.” One young man named Rocky Braat decided to leave New York to work in such an orphanage in India. After he had spent some time there, his best friend Steve Hoover traveled to see him to see what his life is like. The results are astonishing.

We were so fortunate to talk to Steve about his friend Rocky, the joy he found there and what he was just doing in the Ukraine.

Heartland Film Festival: I’m fascinated to know how this movie was conceived. How long were you and Rocky discussing the idea that you would go to India to see what this life is like?

Blood Brother Trailer from Blood Brother on Vimeo.

Steve Hoover: Rocky was already living in India for a year before I talked with him about filming.  He had been asking me to go with him to India ever since his first trip, but I was never interested.  It was a desire of mine to make a documentary ever since I took an interest in filmmaking but I was busy pursuing a commercial and music video career.  It hit me one day after reading an email from Rocky that he and his life could be an interesting subject. I proposed the idea of making a documentary about him and he was very open to the idea. Read more »

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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Melanie Ruiz, Co-Director of “Atomic Dream”

The story of how we got to the moon is well known to the point where those first men who walked on its surface are names remembered by everyone, young and old. Yet the methods that were used weren’t the first idea. In fact, years before any of that happened some of the most brilliant minds had set their sights on Mars and their methods included nuclear bombs.

Directors Derek Lartaud and Melanie Ruiz made a wonderful short film that talked about Project Orion and how those scientists remember their time together. We were happy to talk with Melanie to ask her how she first found this story, the impact of these men and what is her next project.

Heartland Film Festival: This is one of those documentaries that has such a fascinating premise that it’s shocking that more people haven’t heard of it before. How did you first come across this?

Melanie Ruiz: I studied math for several years, and Freeman Dyson is pretty famous in math and physics circles – and science fiction, I suppose. When I started thinking about people I might profile for a documentary, I was surprised that no one had told his story before and that most people had never even heard of him. (“You mean the vacuum guy?” people still say when I ask if they’ve heard of him.) My master’s adviser, Jon Else, was an exception. He interviewed Dyson for his film, “The Day After Trinity.” When Derek (AD co-director) and I talked to him about profiling Dyson, the first thing he told us about was Project Orion. After reading George Dyson’s book about the project, I knew we had found our film. The whole thing was so bizarre and beautifully revealing of Dyson the scientist and the man. Read more »

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Sponsor Spotlight: Innovative

Innovative is one of Heartland’s biggest supporters. From the production of its video spots to the lavish Awards Ceremony, Innovative always brings big ideas to the table and executes with great results.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Printing Partners – The Official Printer of the Heartland Film Festival

One of the wonderful aspects of being the official printer of the Heartland Film Festival is having the opportunity to witness the creativity that radiates from every individual involved. As the festival’s marketing materials made their way through our building, we got an early preview of what this year’s festival has to offer.

Soon, posters began to show up not just on our walls, but also all around town. We got to watch as the community’s excitement grew and stand proud to be a part of something so inspiring.

We believe expression is important – no matter the medium. We strive for quality and creativity on paper; and love that the Heartland Film Festival allows for those to do the same with film.

We’re thrilled to provide our employees, their families and our clients with the opportunity to screen these films – and can’t wait to have our hearts warmed and minds opened throughout these ten days of independent, international, enlightening film.

In our support for the arts, it is our goal to make the lives of ourselves, our families and our neighbors, including you, even better.

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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Chin Tangsakulsathaporn, Director of “The Sweatshop”

When there’s a story about people working in a sweatshop, all of the focus is on the suffering and the inhumanity of their situation. Yet in his Festival Award winning short film writer/director Chin Tangsakulsathaporn is able to show a greater dimension to his two young heroes as they search for hope.

We were honored to be able to talk with Chin about his amazing short film and why he feels inspired to make a film.

Heartland Film Festival: What was it like working with your children actors? With a difficult subject matter, did they always know what the story was about?

Chin Tangsakulsathaporn: Working with children actors was a big challenge for me. At times they will be all hyperactive and eager to take another scene and then all of a sudden they will just be petulant and want to go home. It’s hard to control little kids.  Before the shoot, we had a workshop with all of our cast, including the children. So they were all well aware of the subject and their role. We wanted them to get used to each other as well as understand the story of the film they will be acting in. Read more »

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