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Heartland Film Festival Partners with The Historic Artcraft Theatre for Two-Day Mini-Festival

Heartland Mini-Festival at The Historic Artcraft TheatreSix films from the 2012 Heartland Film Festival to be showcased over two days, April 19-20, at fan-favorite historic venue in Franklin, Ind. Sponsored by LDI, Ltd.

As a part of the Heartland Roadshow community film series, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will once again partner with The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Ind., to present “Best of the Fest”, a special two-day event that will showcase six of the top inspiring independent films from the 2012 Heartland Film Festival with special Q-and-A sessions with select filmmakers.

All tickets for the April 19-20 screenings are $5 for general admission or $3 for Heartland Film Society or Historic Artcraft Theatre members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Friday, April 19

  • 7:30 p.m. – All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner – Documentary Feature
    A documentary about African-American artist Winfred Rembert, whose paintings depict bigotry in America during the latter part of the 20th century. Director Vivian Ducat will be in attendance for a post-screening Q-and-A session!

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  • 10:00 p.m. – Cairo 678
    2012 Heartland Film Festival $100K Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature
    The poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt. Post-screening Q-and-A session with Heartland staff.

    Presented by:
    Global Film Initiative
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Saturday, April 20

  • 2:00 p.m. – Trash Dance
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner – Documentary Feature
    Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Director Andrew Garrison will be joining us for a post-screening Q-and-A session via Skype!!

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  • 4:30 p.m. – Starry, Starry Night
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner – Narrative Feature
    When Mei falls in love with Jay, love at first sight takes hold, providing her fondest childhood memory. Amongst her parents’ divorce and bickering and her grandfather’s death, Mei finds solace in Jay even as they begin a perilous journey into the mountainous wilderness to find her grandparents’ home. As they venture into the starry, starry night, they get lost in a storm that leads them towards a greater destination. Post-screening Q-and-A session with Heartland staff.

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  • 7:30 p.m. – Saints & Soldiers: Airborne Creed
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection – Narrative Feature
    On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendezvous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so they will risk their lives.
    Executive Producer Adam Abel will be joining us for a post-screening Q-and-A session via Skype!

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  • 10:00 p.m. – Not That Funny
    2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection – Narrative Feature
    A love story about a woman who “just wants someone who makes her laugh” and a man who is not that funny. As he tries to learn how to be the man she says she wants, they each find an unexpected chance at happiness. Director Lauralee Farrer will Skype in for a post-screening Q-and-A!

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About The Historic Artcraft Theatre
Built in 1922 as a silent movie theater and Vaudeville house, the Artcraft Theatre was built complete with an orchestra pit and full stage with dressing rooms below. It was renovated in 1936 when Trueman Rembusch purchased the building and again in 1948 when the classic Art Deco streamlining and neon were added. The Artcraft Theatre remains one of the most intact Art Deco movie houses in central Indiana and is listed on the Indiana State Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit

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STUCK Launches Nationwide Bus Tour

60-city bus tour to bring to light the plight of children and their adoptive families stuck in international adoption red tape with the goal of bringing change to the process.

STUCK (2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection) is a new, award-winning documentary film that reveals the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a rollercoaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak.

Craig Juntunen, Executive Producer of STUCK and President and Founder of Both Ends Burning, the nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering international adoption and reducing the current roadblocks and red tape in the system, launched a 60-city bus tour in 80 days on Feb. 28, 2013 in Washington, D.C. with a kick-off event featuring remarks by Senator Mary Landrieu. Additional speakers will include Juntunen, Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Kathleen Strottman and Members of Congress. The tour bus then rolls into Richmond, Va. for the first of 60 nationwide screenings. The film will screen in each city for a special, one night engagement followed by a Q-and-A with Craig Juntunen and members of the adoption community.

Executive Producer Craig Juntunen said: “The purpose of the tour and film is to help the average person understand the steep decline in and issues surrounding International Adoption and create a movement that will ultimately put pressure on U.S. and foreign officials to focus on the children and reach agreement on a more supportive and compassionate attitude toward International Adoptions. The average adoption takes nearly 896 days and costs more than $28,000 and we want to help change that.”

To view the trailer, learn more about the bus tour, cities and dates and/or to purchase tickets to a screening, please visit:

**UPDATE 3/25**:
The bus tour will be returning to Indianapolis for a Saturday, April 27, screening at AMC Castleton Square 14!

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“Celebrating Three Faith Traditions through Art” Gallery Opening Event to Feature Heartland Film Festival Documentary

March 7 event at JCC Indianapolis to showcase Jewish, Buddhist and Christian artists, 2011 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection God in the Box.

God in the Box director Nathan Lang will be joining us for a Q&A via Skype following the screening!

As an arts organization with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has once again partnered with the JCC for a special art gallery opening event.

March 7 marks the opening of the art gallery “Celebrating Three Faith Traditions through Art,” which explores the influence of faith on the creative process. Throughout history, religion to varying agrees has inspired artists, whether overtly as a motif or as a subconscious expression of faith.


Reception for the art exhibit, “Three Faith Traditions Celebrated Through Art”
Thursday, March 7, 5:30-7:00 p.m., JCC Art Gallery – Free and open to the public

Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. The exhibit features “ketubot,” elaborately decorated marriage contracts, by Jewish fine artist Suzy Friedman. Brazilian painter Yohana Junker is inspired by her Christian faith to create expressive, bold canvases. Her work invites viewers to explore ages-old existential questions about life. Buddhist artist Melissa Parrott Quimby sculpts colorful flowers and organic forms that she arranges into mystical landscapes. Art exhibit runs March 5 through April 26.


Heartland Roadshow: “God in the Box” Film Screening
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m – $5 general public / $3 JCC Members and Heartland Film Society Members

Immediately following the art exhibit reception, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in partnership with the JCC will screen director Nathan Lang’s thought-provoking documentary, God In The Box (2011 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection) in the JCC’s Laikin Auditorium. The film takes an unusual approach to capture the nation’s pulse on religious views. “What does God look like?” “What does God mean to you?” People from all walks of life stepped into the filmmaker’s box (a portable studio) and recorded their thoughts in response to these and other questions. The cross-country journey with the box yielded surprising results about current interpretations of God that are an overall reflection on today’s culture. Interviews with religious leaders from multiple faiths frame the filmmaker’s findings to make for an informative and entertaining film.

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Seven Oscars® for Four Films Honored by Heartland

Four films honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in 2012 won a grand total of seven Oscars® at the 2013 Academy Awards®!

Inocente” (2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner)

  • Documentary Short – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Lincoln (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Production Design – Eve Stewart (Production Design), Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)

Les Misérables (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
  • Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Brave (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Animated Feature Film – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Congratulations to these inspiring, educating and engaging films!

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New Award Categories Announced for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

The Heartland Film Festival® was established in 1991 to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions.

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17-26, 2013. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences. The Festival will officially open its Call for Entries period beginning March 1. Submissions will be accepted through June 14.

New Award Categories

The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films Category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Beyond the Best Narrative Short Film category, the 2013 Heartland Film Festival Award categories will include (new categories in bold):

  • Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Best Narrative Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best Documentary Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best U.S. Premiere
    • Best Narrative Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Narrative Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize Winner of the High School Film Competition ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Short Film
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Short Film

Established to attract the debut of new films to the Festival, the U.S. Premiere category and its cash prizes offer more incentive than ever for filmmakers to debut their films in Indianapolis, Ind. Films within the U.S. Premiere categories will also be eligible for other Festival Awards and Audience Choice Awards.

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Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 Honored with Truly Moving Picture Award

42Major motion picture about legendary African-American baseball player honored by national arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures for its power to inspire, educate and engage.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has bestowed its first Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) of 2013 to 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.

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

42 is one of those rare films that received a unanimous ‘Yes’ vote from our Truly Moving Picture Award jury,” explained Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Jurors felt that 42 is a great representative of the Award’s criteria: audiences will be inspired by Jackie’s story, about a real-life hero and role model that audiences don’t often see in film. One juror was especially impressed by the film’s juxtaposition of the best and worst of humanity; 42 is an inspiring, engaging example that the best humanity has to offer can overcome the worst. We are proud to honor 42 with the Truly Moving Picture Award.”


The TMPA honors select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment: awarded 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.

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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Comes Back to Indy Feb. 26

The ALS Association Indiana Chapter and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures present 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” at AMC Castleton Square 14 on Feb. 26; event organized by Heartland volunteers affected by ALS.

Heartland volunteers Lisa Boncosky (left) and Jenni Berebitsky (right) with Piper.

Heartland volunteers Lisa Boncosky (left) and Jenni Berebitsky (right) with Piper.

Lisa Boncosky, a longtime Heartland Truly Moving Pictures volunteer, vividly remembers the first time she met Jenni Berebitsky a little more than two years ago:

“Our sons were in Montessori preschool together and we were both there for pick-up. Jenni was crying and I asked if she was okay. She told me not to worry, that these were ‘tears of joy’—she had just been approved to receive a service dog (Piper) from Indiana Canine Assistance Network.”

Jenni was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in March 2009, just after her son’s first birthday and coinciding with the completion of her Naturopathic residency. She and her husband, Jeff, decided to move from Portland, Ore. back to Indianapolis, Ind. to be closer to family.

Jenni was still able to drive when Piper first came into her life. Now she is in a power wheelchair full time and relies on friends and family to provide transportation. Lisa is one of her regular drivers.

“I started volunteering for the Heartland organization about five years ago in various ways,” explained Lisa. “One of my favorite roles is sitting on the Truly Moving Picture Award jury where we screen upcoming films and evaluate whether or not the movie meets Heartland’s criteria for inspiring and promoting positive change. I thought the jury would be a great fit for Jenni—she is one of the smartest, most insightful people I have ever met and she loves movies.”

Beyond volunteering, Jenni and Lisa are also avid Heartland Film Festival attendees, and made a point to see 2012 Award Winner “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” together last October.

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When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with ALS, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn’t live to see his 25th birthday. Twenty-two years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” is a feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a story of dreams, love, and the strength of the human spirit.

Jenni’s mom, Joyce Kleinman, suggested trying to get a screening together for The ALS Association Indiana Chapter. With a few phone calls and help from both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the ALS Association, they are excited to bring the film back to Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m., at AMC Castleton Square 14 for a single screening. Heartland will introduce the screening and ALS Association Indiana Chapter will speak briefly after the film.

“The amazing thing about this film is the amount of depth it has,” said Jenni. “’Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet’ isn’t just about ALS. It is about using your gifts and how hard work pays off. It shows the resilience of the human spirit, a determination to embrace life, and how beautiful and nurturing families and friends can be. It raises awareness about this devastating disease, which is important, but this movie has something for everyone.”

All donations made beyond the ticket price will be split between nonprofits Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and ALS Association Indiana Chapter. Tickets can be purchased at Learn more about the film at

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Feb. 24 Heartland Roadshow Screening Puts Focus on Volunteers

Grant provides for series of volunteer-organized community screenings, including the Feb. 24 screening of Three Day Test in Zionsville.

Last year local nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving was awarded a grant from the Jackson Family Foundation with the objective of achieving a greater level of sustainability for Heartland’s core of volunteers.

As a result, over a dozen Heartland Roadshow community screenings have been scheduled with the help of volunteers, at locations of their choosing. This series provides both a deeper level of engagement with existing volunteers and an opportunity to recruit new volunteers. This specific screening was organized by Ellen Butz, who serves as a Heartland volunteer and a member of the organization’s board of directors.

“Heartland has nearly 1,000 registered volunteers. With only eight full-time staff members, we could not possibly do what we do without them,” said Susan Frenzel, volunteer manager at Heartland. “Our mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, but it’s really our volunteers who inspire us. These Jackson Family Foundation screenings will let our volunteers share their passion with other people in their social circles who may not know a lot about Heartland.”

Sunday, Feb. 24 will be the next Jackson Family Foundation-supported screening in Zionsville, Ind. Three Day Test, the latest film from Heartland Film Festival regular Corbin Bernsen, was the 2012 Heartland Film Festival’s marquee Family Movie Event film.

The event will be hosted at Christ Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Event tickets can be obtained in advance at, or at the door, with a suggested donation price of $10.00 per person. All proceeds will benefit Heartland, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 600 N. Ford Rd., Zionsville, Ind., 46077.

Three Day Test is a feature film about Martin Taylor, who has totally lost touch with his family. He has no clue who his teenage daughter’s friends are, why his son only communicates with an electronic sign outside his bedroom door, or why his youngest child only watches faith TV. Convinced the family needs to reconnect, Martin surprises the wife and kids with a little experiment: he locks them in their own home with no power, no heat, no running water and absolutely no contact with the world outside! The sudden holiday staycation isn’t what the Taylors had in mind for the weekend, but they’ll have to team up to prove they can survive dad’s wacky mission.

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Local Artists Kipp Normand and Jonathan Frey to Feature Artwork, Short Film at February First Friday

Public invited to Feb. 1 free event showcasing Heartland Film Festival Award-winning film.

Self-described “junk artist” Kipp Normand went from the junk yard to the red carpet last October when Indianapolis-based director Jonathan Frey’s documentary film, highlighting the lifestyle and art of Normand, became one of seven Festival Award-winning short films at the 2012 Heartland Film Festival.

“It’s not easy to describe my experience with this film,” explained Normand. “I am sort of a reclusive junk artist. I make sculpture and collage images out of things I find around our city. I spend a lot of time by myself making things out of broken and discarded objects. Last spring my friend Jonathan Frey made a short documentary about me and the work that I make, and I still find this unbelievable. Jonathan is very good at what he does and this documentary is a fine example of his talent. In the film I dig through the trash, putter around in my studio and talk a lot about what art and life mean to me. Jonathan has made these mundane experiences beautiful, and that’s true art.”

Frey, who has been a photographer for years, branched out to movie-making thanks in part to the Normand’s intrigue.

“Initially, like everyone else, I was drawn to Kipp’s trademark beard and glasses,” said Frey. “He looks like someone from a bygone era. You just want to learn more about him. In terms of personality, Kipp is infectious and hospitable. He’s passionate, interesting and ultimately mysterious. I’ve known Kipp for some time now, but I still feel like there’s a lot more to the man that I just don’t know. Capturing his artwork and overall process certainly provided me with a clearer window.”

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, the nonprofit arts organization that organizes the Annual Heartland Film Festival, will be showing “Kipp Normand” during its monthly First Friday event at its Fountain Square/Murphy Arts Center office. Every First Friday Heartland shows a free short film in its screening room, approximately every 15 minutes, from 6 to 10 p.m. Popcorn, soda, beer and wine are available for purchase.

Both Frey and Normand will be in attendance for the Feb. 1 event.

“Just to make the screening a little more interesting for the audience on First Friday,” said Normand, “I have been working on a series of images inspired by the odd experience of seeing myself transformed in this film. This new work and a few older pieces will be on display on Feb. 1.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing this film again with the Indianapolis community,” said Frey. “It’s been a humbling experience to see how the city has received it so well. I love having opportunities like this to share the film with a new audience in the Fountain Square neighborhood.”

The Heartland Truly Moving Pictures office is located in the Murphy Arts Center, at 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 2, Indianapolis, IN 46203. Free parking is available in the rear of the building and on the building’s surrounding side streets.

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