Ava Memmen, a founding board member and tireless supporter of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, passed away on September 19th, 2012.
Ava was instrumental in starting the work of Heartland with her vision and giving. She brought passion, insight, and wonderful encouragement to the early days, helping build the strong foundation which allowed Heartland to grow into the work it is today. Ava served on the Board of Heartland until her passing
We celebrate the love and inspiration that Ava brought to our lives and extend our gratitude to those who have honored Ava’s memory through memorial contributions to Heartland:
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Briggs
Kimberly & James Cochrane
Charles & Cheryl Curtis
Steve & Becky Furste
Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, Inc.
Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP
Donald & Phyllis Laskowski
Mr. & Mrs. David Memmen
Kevin & Melissa Schmidt
Daniel & Emily Shreve
Kent & Mary Susott
Patricia Ann Taylor
Glen & Nancy Toren
Westwood Endowment, Inc.
Ava’s legacy will live on every day as we inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film here at Heartland.
President & CEO, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.
Under Jackson’s direction, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and is being released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.
The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was captivated by the film’s flawless special effects and cinematography. They were also struck by many of the film’s themes, including the notion that anyone can be a hero by doing good within their own means, the importance of teamwork and finding selflessness and courage in the face of adversity.
In early 2009, Bryon Widner’s face, neck and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. It was then he began a series of painful and extensive laser tattoo removal procedures—twenty-five treatments over the course of more than a year and a half. But the tattoo removal was just the outward sign of an inner transformation.
Erasing Hate chronicles both in a film that takes viewers inside the dark world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man’s struggle to escape from a life of violence, addiction and bigotry. When he and his wife grew disenchanted with their lifestyle, they reached out and were greeted with trust by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, who helped them start new lives. It’s not a seamless process and the violence is hard to leave behind, but the physical transformation as the tattoos disappear accompanies their re-entry into society. They are welcomed without judgment and learn that race makes no difference in one’s humanity.
As a testament to the quality of films coming out of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced their latest lists of short films that will advance in the voting process for for the 85th Academy Awards®.
Three films from the 2012 Heartland Film Festival have advanced, with one in each category (Live Action, Documentary and Animated shorts). The films include:
$10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film winner “Head Over Heels” is one of 10 films on the Animated Shorts list. Read more
Synopsis: After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, their equilibrium comes crashing down and the couple that cannot agree which way is up must find a way put their marriage back together.
Synopsis: At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past.
Festival Award Winner “Buzkashi Boys” is one of 11 films on the latest Live Action Shorts list. Read more
Synopsis: Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of Buzkashi—a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat —“Buzkashi Boys” tells the compelling coming-of-age story of two best friends; a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, both of whom struggle to realize their dreams.
A few short weeks following the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival, leaders of the organization are calling it a smashing success, adding that the Festival ended on a high note for Festival-goers and filmmakers. The Festival experienced sell-out special events and screenings, with a 5.7 percent overall growth in screening attendance. The new venue at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 experienced a 33 percent growth over 2011’s AMC Showplace 17 location. Over 90 filmmakers from 24 countries were in attendance throughout the Festival as 119 American and international films were screened and more than $140,000 in cash prizes was distributed to award winners. The annual Heartland Film Festival once again inspired filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of independent films from around the world.Read more »
“Inocente” (2012 Festival Award Winner – Short Film) is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ shortlist for Best Documentary Short Subject! Beyond Heartland, the film has won awards at EBS International Documentary Festival, San Antonio Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Awareness Fest and Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.
Erasing Hate(2012 Festival Official Selection – Documentary Feature), a powerful story of the physical and emotional transformation of a former racist skinhead, is now available to purchase on DVD at the film’s website, www.erasinghatethemovie.com
Where Soldiers Come From (2011 Festival won a News and Documentary Emmy for “Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story, Long Form”! Director/Producer Heather Courtney was at the October 1st ceremony to accept the award along with staff from POV, PBS and CPB, co-producers Megan Gilbride and David Hartstein, Dominic and Cole from the film and their mothers, Sharon and Mary. You can watch the ceremony online here (WSCF’s category is about 4 minutes in).
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes Wreck-It Ralph, a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?
One word the Truly Moving Picture Award jury kept using at this screening was “creative.” The way Ralph’s video game world was actualized was an impressive achievement with plenty of warmth. For many members, certain elements of the film brought back memories of The Wizard of Oz and Toy Story. Even though this isn’t a film our jury thought would be intended for adults, at the end Ralph won them over thanks to its sweet story about learning how to be okay with who you are.
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.
Our jury was completely floored by Lincoln. They loved how real it felt and how human the movie portrayed Abraham Lincoln, especially the way he told stories to his colleagues. The technical achievements to the accuracy to the time “brought the era to life.” One jury member said Lincoln was a “powerful story of courage and determination.” This is easily one of the most beloved movies the Truly Moving Pictures Award jury has seen in 2012.
Join us in our screening room as we show the 2012 Heartland Film Festival Vision Award for Best Short Film winner“Head Over Heels”!
Screenings will run every 15 minutes throughout the evening. Popcorn, soda, Coppola Wine and Sun King Beer (the official beer of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival) will be available for purchase. Tour Heartland’s space, meet our staff and enjoy an Award-winning short film!