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42 Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital

Awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) earlier this year, Warner Bros. Pictures’/Legendary Pictures’ release 42, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey’s fight against injustice in the world of professional baseball, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital download.

Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama, starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”).

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Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Awards $75,000 to Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation (AWCCF). Heartland will use this general operating award to support its expanded year round programming through the Heartland Roadshow, as well as sustain the high quality programming at the annual Heartland Film Festival.

The Heartland Roadshow brings Festival films to partners through programs like The Great American Songbook Movie Series at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Black Expo Film Festival, Best of the Fest at The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Charley Creek Arts Fest, and the JCC for events like Indy Talks and the Ann Katz Festival of Books. In 2013 the Roadshow is on track to reach an audience of 10,000 outside of the annual Festival.

Strong community outreach through the Roadshow draws audiences to the annual Heartland Film Festival. This year the 22nd annual Festival takes place October 17 – 26 and will showcase independent international films and filmmakers from around the world. Thanks to being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards in the Short Films Category, filmmaker submissions from around the world continue to increase, promising the best of the best will be screened at Heartland.

“This grant continues a great history of support from AWCCF, and speaks to the passion and partnership they provide Heartland around our mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film,” says Heartland COO, Stuart Lowry. “We are pleased and proud of this generous gift, and look forward to elevating and showcasing the art of film in Indianapolis as we welcome filmmakers from around the world each year to the Heartland Film Festival.”

This award from the AWCCF joins support from Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission. Together these generous funders are strengthening arts and culture in Indianapolis by ensuring that Heartland continues to bring world class film programming to the city.

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Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University Graduates with Honors and Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Disney•Pixar has done it again. “Monsters University,” which hits theaters nationwide this Friday, June 21, has won Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA). The film’s predecessor, “Monsters, Inc.,” was also a recipient of the industry award.

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the TMPA: these films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the TMPA to approximately 15-20 films a year that impact their targeted audiences in a meaningful way. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.

“There are many valuable themes that our TMPA jury identified in ‘Monsters University,’” said Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The big takeaway for our jury was that there are consequences for one’s actions, but even if someone makes poor decisions they can still achieve their dreams through honesty, resilience and teamwork—that people (or monsters) can still be unique individuals while accomplishing great things as a team.”

Beyond the film’s story and themes, TMPA jurors recognized “Monsters University” for its outstanding animation, cinematography, humor and pathos.

About “Monsters University”
Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). Check out disney.com/MonstersU, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. Rated G by the MPAA, the film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

Notes:

  • “Monsters, Inc.,” originally released on November 2, 2001, was nominated for four Oscars®: Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Song—“If I Didn’t Have You,” for which it won.
  • “Monsters University” will hit U.S. theaters nearly 12 years after the original “Monsters, Inc.” theatrical debut.
  • Billy Crystal is known worldwide for his film roles in “When Harry Met Sally…,” “City Slickers,” “The Princess Bride” and “Analyze This”; his 2005 Tony®-winning Broadway show, “700 Sundays”; as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”; and as the nine-time host of the Academy Awards® ceremonies.
  • John Goodman’s current film projects include “The Internship” and “The Hangover Part III.” Recent projects include Ben Affleck’s drama “Argo,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival; the Robert Zemeckis thriller “Flight,” which premiered as the closing-night film at the New York Film Festival; and Clint Eastwood’s sports drama “Trouble with the Curve.”
  • Helen Mirren won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and BAFTA Award for best actress. She was also named best actress by a multitude of critic’s organizations from Los Angeles to London.
  • Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Randy Newman contributes his unique musical talents to his seventh Disney•Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar® nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.
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Join Heartland at a Celebration of Indiana’s Finest Writers, July 20 at the Palladium

On Saturday, July 20, the WriteStuff Writers and The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel are teaming up for Across the Arts, a one-of-a-kind event transforming the Palladium into a “Writer’s Studio” for a day of literary fun for those who love to read books, magazines, newspapers; enjoy movies or want to learn more about connecting with social media or publishing. This is a day to enjoy up-close-and-personal conversations with some of Indiana’s finest writers across the writing and publishing spectrum.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (Heartland) will be capping off the Across the Arts’ After the Event VIP wine and cheese party with a special screening of short films from the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland’s Festival Director Louise Henderson and Artistic Director Tim Irwin will also participate as panelists to discuss the Heartland Film Festival’s (HFF) submission process.

The HFF is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category. As an organization that continues to grow, the HFF welcomed 92 independent filmmakers from 25 countries, awarded over $140,000 in prize money, programmed 119 films and inspired 22,000 attendees at screenings and events across Indianapolis, experiencing an overall 5.7 percent growth in attendance last October.

The Across the Arts event, which goes from noon to 6:00 p.m., will be divided into two sessions made up of panels including Indiana authors, publishers, columnists, magazine editors, social media experts, filmmakers and film festival executives, with plenty of time for audience Q-and-A. And audience members will have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes while being treated to the laugh-inducing game show Wait, Wait, Do Tell Me! hosted by humorist Dick Wolfsie.

Other guests will include Pulitzer Prize finalist and esteemed biographer Michael Shelden (Simon & Schuster), Academy Award-winning screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, iconic novelist and screenwriter Dan Wakefield, fiction author and noted cellist Edward Kelsey-Moore (Knopf), and Emmy-winning documentarian Michael Husain. Matthew Tully, columnist, Cathy Kightlinger, Talk of Our Town columnist and Jolene Katzenburger and T.J.Banes, special feature Indy Star columnists, among others will also share the stage.

For a complete Across the Arts program listing with all presenters, visit www.writestuffwriters.com. For more information on the event, contact WriteStuff Writers founder Andy Murphy at (317) 432-9804 or Amy Pauszek, publicity director at (317) 288-4201.

Exclusive Ticket Offer
General admission tickets are $60, $40 for seniors (55+) and $18 for any student or teacher with a valid student/school ID. To take advantage of a special buy one, get one free promotion (two tickets for $30), please use promo code “WRITESTUFF” at www.TheCenterPresents.org or mention the promotion when calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at (317) 843-3800.

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Chasing Ice Now Available on Netflix!

Chasing Ice, a 2012 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, this film tells the story of National Geographic photographer, James Balog’s mission to gather unquestionable evidence of climate change in the Arctic.

Despite being brought up with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. However, the first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Within the first few months in Iceland, Balog and a band of young adventurers begin the dangerous challenge of installing time-lapse cameras that compress years of video footage into minutes. The hauntingly beautiful footage demonstrates the disappearance of some of the earth’s oldest glaciers at a breathtaking rate.

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Now Available on Netflix!

A Bottle from the Gaza Sea, the 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner/Audience Choice Award Winner – Narrative Feature is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Thierry Binisti, the film is an international co-production shot in French, Hebrew and Arabic, based on the French young adult novel Une bouteille dans la mer de Gaza by Valérie Zenatti, originally published in 2005 and adapted for the screen by Zenatti and Binisti.

Tal is the 17-year-old daughter of recent French immigrants to Israel who live in Jerusalem. Following a bomb attack on a local café, she throws a bottle into the sea near Gaza with a message asking for an explanation. Naïm, a sensitive but aimless 20-year-old Palestinian living in Gaza, discovers the bottle and tries to answer Tal’s question by initiating an email correspondence. Their mutual suspicion soon develops into a tender friendship.

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Heartland Returns to Charley Creek Artsfest June 26-27 with A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, Rising from Ashes

The 2013 Charley Creek Artsfest is scheduled for June 26-30, 2013 in various locations in beautiful Wabash, IN. Independent films, live performances, a Gallery Walk, the WaBass Concert, Fine Art Show & Sale and Ms. Sylvia McNair will perform with Kevin Cole.

The Heartland Roadshow is proud to once again be a part of the Charley Creek Artsfest! Join us Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 for two nights of special screenings that will feature two of the best films from the 2012 Heartland Film Festival.

Wednesday, June 26 – 7:00 p.m.

  • A Bottle from the Gaza Sea
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Audience Choice Award Winner – Narrative Feature

    Tal is a 17-year-old girl from France who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. A Bottle from the Gaza Sea does a marvelous job of representing the people on opposite sides of conflict, people who can connect with one another in spite of their circumstances, and, more importantly, provide hope in the middle of darkness.

Thursday, June 27 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Rising from Ashes
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize Winner for Best Documentary Feature. Director T.C. Johnstone will visit Wabash and introduce his film. He will also be available to answer questions following the film.


    Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to the Olympic Games in London. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. While this film follows Jock and the Rwandan riders from improbable beginnings through to international competition, it focuses on the second chances they seize, both in coming back from personal setbacks to overcoming the devastating Rwandan genocide. Beautifully shot, you will be taken in by Jock’s commitment to the team and the riders’ drive to improve and learn to compete against professionals, all the while displaying a determination so beautifully expressed through their winning smiles. The film has been updated to include footage from the London Olympics. Narrated by Forrest Whitaker.

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Free First Generation Screening June 18!

The Postsecondary Counseling Institute, designed for school counselors, mentoring organizations and youth workers, will be held June 18-19 in Indianapolis at Marriott Hotel North. This year’s event includes a screening of the 2011 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection – Documentary Feature First Generation.

First Generation tells the story of four low-income students – an inner-city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

Here’s your chance to see the film again for FREE! All you need to do is register for the Tuesday, June 18 screening via this online form. Make sure to bring your registration confirmation for admission to the screening!

Schedule of Events:

  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Reception
  • 5:45 – 6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of Movie
  • 6:00 – 7:20 p.m. First Generation Film Screening
  • 7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

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Free Samples Hits Theaters, Digital Download & On-Demand

Free-Samples-2012-posterIt’s a big month for 2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection Free Samples! The film will have its U.S. theatrical release starting in Los Angeles on May 31, followed by New York City on June 7.

Better yet, the movie is now available via digital download! That means you can enjoy Free Samples from the comfort of your own home, phone or tablet via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Cable On-Demand (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, DirecTV and Dish Network).

About Free Samples:

Another rough night at the bar for aimless twenty-something Jillian spells an even rougher morning when her best friend Nancy asks her to cover her all-day shift doling out free samples from Mike’s Dream ice cream truck—all before she’s even had her first cup of coffee. Her fiancé Danny is “distant” to say the least, and her decision to take a semester off from Stanford Law is feeling more and more permanent every day. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when Jillian’s hangover is met with a quirky cast of quirky dessert-seeking Angelenos, all of whom get more sass than they bargained for.

Free Samples is an enjoyable take on the challenges facing modern collegians unsure of what to do with their lives. Star turns by Jesse Eisenberg and the ever-graceful Tippi Hedren add a level of depth rarely seen in comedic dramas.

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Congrats to Director Jay Gammill and the whole Free Samples team!

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A Whisper to a Roar Now on DVD & Digital Download!

2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection – Documentary Feature A Whisper to a Roar is now available on DVD and digital download within the United States!

The film’s subjects span the full spectrum of democratic activists: student leaders (Venezuela); young professionals (Egypt); currently active opposition politicians (Malaysia and Zimbabwe); and a former president (Ukraine). These heroes tell their compelling personal stories of struggle with the oppressive regimes ruling their countries, now or in the past. The activists come from a variety of cultures and live on different continents, yet they all take enormous risks to pursue political freedom for their people and aspire for accountable government. In each country, the regimes and rulers that oppress their people use remarkably similar techniques and the activists’ most successful techniques are also remarkably alike, regardless of their circumstances.

This film shows the struggle of people from very different nations who all share the desire to be free from tyranny. Through populist uprisings, they succeed in varying ways and often at risk of great personal pain and loss. This is a film to make us appreciate the freedom we take completely for granted in the United States. Drawing parallels between struggles in Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Malaysia and Ukraine, this film shows us that the will to be free is universal.

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