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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 heartland3daytest.eventbrite.com, 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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Oscar® Nominations Highlight Films Honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Three Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short films honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, seven Truly Moving Picture Award winners also nominated.

Nominees for this year’s Academy Awards ® were announced this morning, with 10 films honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures making the final list. The Heartland Film Festival is proud to be a qualifying film festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films category. This means that the recipient of the Festival’s Grand Prize for Best Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Heartland is pleased to announce that the 2012 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Short Film winner, “Head Over Heels,” directed by Timothy Reckart, is on the nomination list, along with two other Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short films.

“We had over 830 short films submitted to the Heartland Film Festival in 2012,” said Artistic Director Tim Irwin, “so to have three of our seven Festival Award-winning short films nominated by the Academy really highlights the artistic integrity of our selection process, and is a huge milestone for the Festival.”

The three nominated short films are:

  • “Head Over Heels” 2012 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Short Film
    Nominated for Best Short Film, Animated

    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.
  • “Buzkashi Boys” – 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action

    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.
  • “Inocente” – 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Documentary Short

    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 canvasses creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past.

Beyond the independent films nominated within the Short Films category, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has honored many of 2012’s nominated theatrically-released films with its Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA). By bestowing the TMPA seal to honored films, Heartland allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Oscar®-nominated films include:

  • Lincoln – Walt Disney Pictures
    Twelve nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Director, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Mixing and Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

    In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.
  • Les Misérables – Universal Pictures
    Eight nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Mixing

    Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Warner Bros.
    Three nominations: Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Visual Effects

    This adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.
  • Brave – Disney•Pixar
    Nominated for Animated Feature

    Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
  • Chasing Ice – Submarine Deluxe
    Nominated for Music (Original Song)


    Within months of his first trip to Iceland, photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Focus Features
    Nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay)

    Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, a young boy and girl fall in love and are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down—which might not be such a bad thing.
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Pictures
    Nominated for Animated Feature

    For decades, Ralph has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr., 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.

Congratulations to all the nominees, whose films have inspired, educated and engaged audiences throughout 2012.

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Heartland Announces Top 10 List of Truly Moving Picture Award Winners

Lincoln tops list of awarded films that inspire, educate and engage.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has released its Top 10 list of Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films of 2012. Lincoln, director Steven Spielberg’s record seventh film to receive the Award, took the top spot. Les Misérables and The Intouchables, from Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company respectively, followed closely behind. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Moonrise Kingdom round out the list of top films that inspire, educate and engage audiences of all ages.

“It’s always hard to narrow down a given year’s Truly Moving Picture Award recipients, and this year was no exception. But with the help of our Truly Moving Picture Award jury, we were able to compile this top 10 list,” said Tim Irwin, Artistic Director. “I’m proud of the diversity of films represented, from major releases like Lincoln, Les Misérables and Brave to smaller and powerful films like The Intouchables and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. This year’s list is a great representation of what we are about here at Heartland.”

The Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners of 2012 include:

1. Lincoln – Walt Disney Pictures

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham 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.


2. Les Misérables – Universal Pictures

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

3. The Intouchables – The Weinstein Company

After a paragliding accident, Philippe became paralyzed from the neck down. He has a full staff at his estate, but he needs a personal caretaker to help him move around. The only person who caught his eye during the application process was Driss, a younger man from the projects who was only there to be rejected so he can keep collecting unemployment checks. Driss is hired and an unlikely friendship is formed between them as they experience laughter and heartbreak.

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Paramount Pictures

A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls “The Worst Day,” he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him.

5. Brave – Disney•Pixar

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

6. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Sundance Selects

This is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – Walt Disney Pictures

Cindy and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family, but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim — and their small town of Stanleyville — learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

8. Chimpanzee – Disneynature

An adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life star in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest.

9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – CBS Films

Stuffy government fisheries scientist Fred is asked by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik to do the seemingly impossible – introduce British salmon to the Wadis of the Yemen. Despite considerable trepidation, Fred is finally won over by the charismatic Arab, who reveals that fishing brings him closer to God, and he hopes it will have the same effect on his countrymen.

10. Moonrise Kingdom – Focus Features

On an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two 12-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.

By bestowing the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to honored films, Heartland allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. In turn, Heartland hopes that audiences who have been meaningfully impacted by these films will then recognize and continue to look for the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to use as a guide in selecting films.

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Heartland Roadshow Community Film Series Finds Success in Inaugural Year

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures connected 7,700 moviegoers to inspiring films in 2012 through community screenings separate from the Annual Heartland Film Festival.

Best known for the Heartland Film Festival, nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is active year-round with programs such as the Heartland Roadshow. With its mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, Heartland showcases both independent films from the Heartland Film Festival along with studio-released films that have won the Truly Moving Picture Award.

hanks to a grant from LDI Limited, Inc., the Heartland Roadshow was established in February 2012 and has welcomed over 7,700 total attendees over the span of 55 events through December. LDI Limited, Inc. funds allowed Heartland to purchase equipment for public exhibition (including a high-definition projector, collapsible screen and high-quality sound system) and additions to the Heartland office’s screening room (including a high-definition projector, screen, surround sound system and acoustical treatments).

Twenty-five partnering organizations have attributed to the success of the Heartland Roadshow in 2012, including; Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, the Historic Artcraft Theatre, Charley Creek Arts Fest and more.

Beyond taking films out to the community, Heartland also hosts a free First Friday event every month in its Murphy Arts Center office, in Historic Fountain Square. For these Heartland Roadshow events a short film from a past Heartland Film Festival is shown once every 15 minutes throughout the evening. Local community organizations are encouraged to host a table at each event.

Upcoming Heartland Roadshow screenings include:

  • “Who Cares?” Fundraiser at The Orchard School
    Wednesday, Jan. 23 – 6:30 p.m. – $7 Info + Tickets
    615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
    All proceeds will be donated to the “My Sandy Hook Family Fund”

    Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and The Orchard School Presents Who Cares?, a feature documentary from the 2012 Heartland Film Festival. The feature film is about the “change makers” who bring solutions to our world and inspire others to do the same. Welcome Reception of light appetizers & drinks in The Orchard School lobby prior to the screening. Following the film, director Mara Mourão is scheduled to join us from Brazil via video chat for a question-and-answer session.
  • “Kipp Normand” First Friday at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
    Friday, Feb. 1 – 6-10 p.m. – FREE
    1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 2 – Indianapolis, IN 46203
    Join Heartland in its screening room for 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner “Kipp Normand.” For 10 years Kipp Normand has recreated now-lost objects by connecting them to the present. Kipp shows the value of history to our world, the beauty of art to our minds and the importance of stories to our hearts through the eyes of an artist who chooses to truly see what many pass over as insignificant. Meet director Jonathan Frey and star Kipp Normand in-person. Kipp will be showcasing artwork right in the Heartland office!
  • “Kiss Me Kate” – Great American Songbook Movie Series, Presented by Printing Partners
    Friday, Feb. 1 – 7:30 p.m. – $7.50 Info + Tickets
    The Palladium – 1 Center Green, Carmel, IN
    Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative are partnering to bring classic Truly Moving Picture Award-winning movies to the big screen on the stage of the Palladium concert hall. The classic 1953 musical stars Ann Miller and Howard Keel.
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Heartland Roadshow Movie Screening at The Orchard School to Support “My Sandy Hook Family Fund”

Local nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures invites community members to attend a fundraiser at The Orchard School on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to “My Sandy Hook Family Fund,” a relief fund established to support the 26 families who lost children and family members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

As part of its Heartland Roadshow community screening series, Heartland will partner with The Orchard School to show Who Cares?, a 2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection. Who Cares? is a film about people who are making changes, bringing solutions, generating huge social impact and most of all, inspiring people to do the same. It is a film that searches the world for brilliant people with simple solutions to difficult global issues. The goal of Who Cares? is to inspire people around the world to learn more about, become excited by and want to be engaged in the social entrepreneurship revolution.

“The movie Who Cares? was meant to inspire people to act, to be conscious of their own power of transformation,” said the film’s director, Mara Mourão. “We are very honored to serve as a drop of hope in the lives of people who are helping the victims of the horrific tragedy that occurred in Connecticut. A true changemaker never rests until his/her dream becomes reality. We are sure American citizens are going to find a solution to not let all those lives be lost in vain. We would be very proud if this movie spreads a wave of hope and strength to all people involved in this cause.”

“As a supporter of the Heartland Film Festival and a mom whose children attend The Orchard School, I drew immediate parallels when I watched the film in October,” says Heartland volunteer/event organizer, Peggy Meyer. “Who Cares? is such a powerful, outward-focused film. I knew I wanted to help create another opportunity for our community to experience it and that The Orchard School would be the perfect partners to host the event. The term ‘social entrepreneur’ was new to me, and I love it. I identify with it and see so many young ‘social entrepreneurs” walking through the hallways at The Orchard every day.”

Joseph P. Marshall, head of school at The Orchard School, hopes the event will make an impact on the community: “Being the host of this event, I see this documentary as an opportunity to illustrate to our students the importance of making a difference in the world by being active and participatory citizens. By all event proceeds being donated to ‘My Sandy Hook Family Fund,’ we convey to our students that we’re all connected, and that we can make a meaningful social impact.”

This is not the first fundraising movie event for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “In 2012 we launched the Heartland Roadshow where we go out in to the community with our own projection and sound equipment,” explained Heartland Chief Operations Officer Stuart Lowry. “We showcase inspiring films around Indiana and partner with other local nonprofits for unique fundraising opportunities. Last August we brought a film to the Zionsville Performing Arts Center, with proceeds going to the Zionsville Educational Foundation and the Humane Society of Indianapolis. We’re constantly seeking new partners and are thrilled to be working with The Orchard School to support the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

The event will be hosted in The Orchard School Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Orchard School is located at 615 W. 64th St. in Indianapolis. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at www.hfforchardwhocares.eventbrite.com/, or at the door prior to the event.

Who Cares? director Mara Mourão is scheduled to join the audience after the screening for a special question-and-answer video chat session via Skype. A welcome reception of light appetizers and drinks will be held in the Orchard School lobby prior to the screening. Learn more about the film at www.whocaresthefilm.com.

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Help Trash Dance Win the Cinema Eye “Audience Choice” Award!

The 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award-winning documentary feature Trash Dance has been nominated for the Cinema Eye “Audience Choice” Award!

You can help the film win the award! Anyone can vote by going to http://bit.ly/RXeY97 or by tweeting “I Vote for TRASH DANCE” to @cinemaeyehonors. Voting ends January 7 at midnight.

In other news, Trash Dance will have its New York City premiere on February 5 at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Center as the closing film for the Dance on Camera Film Festival!

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Updates on 2012 Heartland Film Festival Films

We have even more exciting updates on this year’s Heartland Film Festival films:



  • “Free Kick” has been shortlisted among the top 10 shorts candidates for the Spanish Academy Awards (The Goya Awards). The final nominations will be revealed in January.



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Celebrating the Life of Ava Memmen

Dear Friends,

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
  • Cal-Comp USA
  • Sarah Cartwright
  • Kimberly & James Cochrane
  • Charles & Cheryl Curtis
  • Pierre Francois
  • Steve & Becky Furste
  • Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, Inc.
  • Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP
  • Donald & Phyllis Laskowski
  • Katie McKinney
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Memmen
  • Karen Mersereau
  • Donald Palmer
  • Kathy Poole
  • Peter Reist
  • Kyle Royer
  • Kevin & Melissa Schmidt
  • Patricia Sharp
  • Cheryl Shipp
  • 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.

Sincerely,

Jeff Sparks
President & CEO, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Wins the Truly Moving Picture Award!

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.

Check out the film’s Truly Moving Picture Award page for more information and catch the film in theaters beginning Friday, Dec. 14.

This film has been rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

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