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Heartland Film Festival Interview: Alex Stonehill and Bradley Hutchinson, Co-Directors of Barzan

Barzan tells a story that you wish didn’t have to be true. Sam Malkandi was happily living with his family in Seattle when the government believed that he was connected with al-Qaeda after a footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report. Now with little understanding of how this all happened, his family was torn apart as they desperately try for justice.

Directors Alex Stonehill and Bradley Hutchinson were following this heartbreaking story as it developed and showed the world the results in this Festival Award-winning documentary. We were thrilled that Alex and Bradley were able to talk to us about the tone of this film, the moral difficulties and read at the very bottom of the article to hear about how the family is doing after the movie. (There are spoilers in the answer for the last question that is posted after the showtimes.)

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Erica Liu, Writer and Director of “Springtime”

When you look at the average ages of the movie protagonists, there is a miscalculated representation that everyone who goes on an emotional character arc is young. In “Springtime”, writer/director Erica Liu created the character…

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Daniel Patrick Carbone, Writer and Director of Hide Your Smiling Faces

Few films are able to capture the emotional realism of childhood. It’s a strange time that rarely fits into the normal structure of a movie, but Hide Your Smiling Faces is able to do something very special. When a death of a peer occurs in a small town, the kids are filled with an overflow of emotions they don’t understand. This movie is able to capture a very sympathetic and confusing time with an amazing amount of authority.

We are thrilled to be able to talk with writer/director Daniel Patrick Carbone about working with such young actors, using improvisation, and what first feature films have inspired him.

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Maggie Baird, Co-Writer and Lead Actress of Life Inside Out

From the early frames of the movie, it is obvious that Life Inside Out is a very personal story. Yet how far back that goes is rather surprising. Maggie Baird has been a working actress…

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Andrew Mudge, Director of “The Forgotten Kingdom”

In one of our Festival Award winning films, The Forgotten Kingdom, an aimless boy from Johannesburg travels back to his village in Lesotho when his father passes away. His journey is an incredible cinematic experience as we explore who Atang is and the majesty of Lesotho.

With a film so warm and authentic, it may be surprising to hear that writer/director Andrew Mudge is not from Africa. Andrew talks to us about the first time he traveled to Lesotho, the importance of quiet intensity and the influence of David Lynch.

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Jill D’Agnenica, Director of Life Inside Out

There is magic in music as it has the qualities to relax, inspire and sooth the soul. Music is in the heart of our Festival Award-winning narrative film, Life Inside Out, as a mother of three finds rebirth in her life when she picks up her old guitar and decides to try out songwriting at a local open-mic. When her emotionally frustrated son starts to join her, they experience a new bonding.

We were thrilled that director Jill D’Agnenica was able to talk with us about everyday inspiration of creativity, the power of Kickstarter and what it was like to work on the ABC show LOST.

Heartland Film Festival Interview: Matthew Moore, Director/Co-Writer of The Amber Amulet

Now more than ever, it feels we are surrounded by superheroes. They are always in the multiplex, comics are still popular and now they’re even on TV shows. “The Amber Amulet” is a Festival Award wining short film without any supernatural powers, but it has Liam, a young boy, who wants to be a hero in his own town. So he dons a thin mask and tries to help his neighbor from being so sad.

We were excited to be able to talk with Matthew Moore, the film’s director and co-writer, and ask him about this influence on the culture, the reality it is set in and how an acting background can help you as a director.

“The Book Thief” Set for Special Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival

Upcoming 20th Century Fox release to conclude the 22nd annual Heartland Film Festival; Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush, lead actress Sophie Nélisse, and director Brian Percival to receive awards

Heartland Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup, Special Premiere Titles and Talent for Opening and Closing Night Events

Academy Award®-qualifying festival to feature 134 independent films over 10 days with special event appearances by Vanessa Hudgens, Director Ronald Krauss, Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush, Director Brian Percival, and more

Visit Heartland Sept. 7 at the Penrod Arts Fair

For the first time ever, Heartland will be selling 2013 Heartland Film Festival 10-packs and merchandise at the Penrod Arts Fair! Saturday, Sept. 7 on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Now Hiring Ticket Agents for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival

Heartland is currently looking for ticket agents for the upcoming Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 17-26. Day and evening shifts at AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Traders Point 12 and Wheeler Arts (in Fountain Square) locations are available.

2013 Heartland Film Festival Breaks All Submissions Records, Announces Partnership with ShortsHD™

Heartland Film Festival receives over 1,500 submissions from nearly 80 countries, will have short films featured on cable/satellite TV network.

Indie Film Short Term 12 Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Director Destin Daniel Cretton is being honored once again by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. Last year Cretton’s film I Am Not a Hipster was chosen as an Official Selection in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival. His latest directorial effort, Short Term 12, is now being recognized as a Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) winner.

2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection 3 Days of Normal Available August 20

3 Days of Normal, Official Selection of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival, will be available on iTunes, VOD, Amazon Instant and DVD beginning August 20!

Heartland Film Festival Voted No. 1 “Best Local Film Festival” by NUVO Readers

Thank you, NUVO readers: The Heartland Film Festival has been voted the No. 1 “Best Local Film Festival” in NUVO’s 2013 Best of Indy survey!

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