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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, like us at, and follow us on 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.


  • “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 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 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.

View other upcoming Heartland Roadshow community screenings.

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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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2013 Heartland Film Festival Submission Numbers Up, New Venues and Exclusive Hotel Announced

October’s 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival will hold its Awards Ceremony at Indiana Repertory Theatre, add third screening venue in Fountain Square, names Omni Severin as exclusive hotel.

Last October Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (Heartland) presented the Heartland Film Festival (HFF), where it 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.

Between its expanded award categories and its designation as an Academy Award®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category it is no surprise that the 2013 HFF Call for Entries film submissions are tracking ahead of last year’s numbers. At the end of 2012’s submission period a record-breaking 1,240 films were sent to Heartland. Independent filmmakers, including high school filmmakers, can submit their films to this year’s Festival by the June 15 deadline, or pay an additional fee to submit by the June 22 late deadline. Learn more about submitting a film.

Awards Ceremony at Indiana Repertory Theatre

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the HFF’s marquee Awards Ceremony event will be held at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), Indiana’s leading professional resident not-for-profit theatre, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audiences last season.

“Bringing our staple event to such an iconic Indianapolis venue is extremely exciting,” says Heartland Film Festival Director Louise Henderson. “As two Indy-based nonprofits we’re proud to be working together to make a really memorable experience. The IRT provides a completely different atmosphere for our longtime attendees and we’re very excited about the possibilities.”

Learn more about Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Fountain Square Screenings at The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community

With its headquarters located in Fountain Square—right off the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, in the historic Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square—Heartland is pleased to announce that a third screening venue will be added right in its backyard.

The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community, managed by the University of Indianapolis, will host four nights of screenings from Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26. A total of eight films will be played over the four nights. Beer from Sun King Brewing, wine and movie snacks will all be available.

“Having our office and film room located in Fountain Square has allowed us to engage the community on a whole new level,” says Heartland Director of Operations Adam Howell. “Being able to have a screening location for our neighbors in a space as great as The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community is very exciting for the future of the Festival.”

Learn more about the Wheeler Arts Community.

The Omni Severin Hotel: The Exclusive Hotel of the 2013 Heartland Film Festival

As a longtime sponsor and hosts to the HFF’s Filmmakers Welcome Party and Filmmakers’ Brunch, Heartland has expanded its relationship with the Omni Severin Hotel, making it the exclusive hotel location for its filmmakers and guests come October.

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Omni Severin Hotel stands as the city’s longest running luxury hotel and is a beautifully restored piece of the city’s history. This luxury Indianapolis hotel elegantly combines the grandeur of the early 1900s with the modern amenities and superior service of today.

“The Omni Severin Hotel is the perfect location for our events and guests,” says Howell. “Both the Heartland Film Festival and The Omni Severin are known for exceptional hospitality, so this relationship couldn’t be a better fit.”

For additional information on special packages or to book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at and

Full Venue and Event Schedule

Inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, Heartland will hold the 22nd Annual HFF event from Oct.17-26 across these dates and venues:

Film Screenings

  • AMC Castleton Square 14 (Friday, Oct. 18 – Saturday, Oct. 26)
  • AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 (Saturday, Oct. 19 – Saturday, Oct. 26)
  • The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community (Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26)


  • Announcement Party, Thursday, Sept. 19
    • The Indianapolis Artsgarden
  • Opening Night Event, Thursday, Oct. 17
    • The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Festival Award Premiere Day, Friday, Oct. 18
    • AMC Castleton Square 14
    • First day of screenings – all the Festival Award-winning films
  • Awards Ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 19
    • The Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Filmmakers’ Brunch, Sunday, Oct. 20
    • The Omni Severin Hotel
  • Closing Night Event, Saturday, Oct. 26
    • The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Closing Night Event After Party, Oct. 26
    • The Jazz Kitchen
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First Friday, May 3: Help Heartland Honor ALS Awareness Month

Heartland invites you to First Friday in Fountain Square: Catch a FREE short film from the Heartland Film Festival in our screening room, every 15 minutes throughout the evening, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.!

In honor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Awareness Month, Heartland will be showing “It Ain’t Over,” the 2012 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award Winner within the Short Film category.

The first part of the “Ed’s Story” series, “It Ain’t Over” documents Dr. Edward Dobson, who was given 2-5 years to live after being diagnosed with ALS. A man accustomed to counseling others through grief and suffering, he now struggles to find hope for himself in a place where none seems to exist. This film contains mature themes related to disease, 11 minutes.

Sun King Brewing Beer, wine, soda and popcorn are all available for purchase.

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