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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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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Bram Conjaerts, Director of “The Circle”

One of the most fascinating films of the festival has the most deceivingly simple names. “The Circle” is all about the people who happen to live upon one of the greatest scientific experiments in human history. The Large Hadron Collider races particles around at such an incredible speed in order to recreate the Big Bang, the origins of the universe. This is located 100 miles underground in Europe and director Bram Conjaerts talked to those on the surface to learn what they think of all of this.

We were thrilled to talk to Bram about the focus on the documentary, his history with the Large Hardon Collider and the documentaries that intrigue him.

Heartland Film Festival: Do you remember the first time you heard about the Large Hadron Collider? What were your first thoughts on the experiments they were conducting?

Bram Conjaerts: The first time I heard about the experiment was a couple of years back, I believe it was in 2008.  That was before the start-up of the collider. My father who studied physics, told me about the LHC. I was immediately interested, because the experiment tries to answer some deeply human questions. How did it all begin? What is this reality we live in? Also the factor of not knowing what would happen when the first collisions of particles would take place, intrigued me and scared me at the same time. I heard about the possible creation of a black hole and had this dream that is a part of the film now. After some research and talking with physicists in Belgium I was more or less calmed. But I remained very interested in the larger whole.

In 2009 my graduation project “Henri and the Islands” won a price from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund which allowed me to began a new project on the LHC. Read more »

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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Matthias Zuder, Director of “Liquidation”

In just a few minutes, the Festival Award short film “Liquidation” can create discussions that will last for hours. In the film, a young couple are visiting his grandfather before he is punished for his Nazi involvement. There they are faced with a difficult moral decision.

We were able to talk with director Matthias Zuder about the audience reaction to that moral decision, the roles of Nazis in cinema and the humanity of the whole story.

Heartland Film Festival: The performance of Horst Westphal is so incredible because he is unrelenting and doesn’t seem to have any remorse for his past actions. With so many Nazis depicted in movies, what did you want to accomplish with his character?

Matthias Zuder: I wanted make a movie about opportunism and humanity. In this context, I thought it is important to present a human being, not the classic “Nazi-monster”. In the end, those people who did those incredible terrible things, they were people like us. Many of the cinema stereotypes of “classic Nazis” don’t remind me of that. So we are seduced to step aside, and feel that the actions of those people have nothing to do with the way we are, or as we live today. The novelist John Littell once wrote,  “Those, who kill, are human beings exactly like those who get killed, that’s the awful truth”.

When you start watching the movie and you don’t know anything about it, you wouldn’t think that this nice grandpa is guilty for the murder of thousands of people. It seemed interesting to me that I can give even a point of view of a person like this old man, who stands for his actions, but not for his guilt. His first problem seems not to be the massive traumata in the past, but the missing love of his relatives in the present days. That’s so human too. Read more »

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