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HFF Films: “There is Beauty Around Us”

“There is Beauty Around Us”: From the unexpected surprise of small town peacefulness to the discovery of what can be created with ordinary vehicles, these films highlight the power and beauty of what’s around us.

HFF Films: “We Can Fix This”

“We Can Fix This”: When there is an impossible problem, these people take that as a challenge. Whether it is the American healthcare system, gender politics in Egypt or the bureaucracy of adoption, there are problems with the system and they can be changed.

HFF Interview: Stuck

Thaddaeus Scheel is a filmmaker who made a movie about the unforeseen difficulties of starting a family. Stuck is a great movie about a group of families who face bureaucratic impossibilities as they try to bring home their adopted children. Thaddaeus was very gracious to talk to us about where it was the hardest places to film and what it meant to emotionally connect with these families.

HFF Films: “We Do What We Can Because We Can”

“We Do What We Can Because We Can”: Why climb a mountain? Because it’s there. These are people who achieve the incredible because they know they have the ability to do it. From bike riding through Rwanda to marching into 1944 Berlin, these are stories of the most impressive feats.

New Film Series Brings Classic TMPA-winning Hollywood Musicals to the Palladium

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative are partnering for a new film series launching the weekend of Nov. 15-17. The Great American Songbook Movie Series, presented by Printing Partners, will bring classic Truly Moving Picture Award-winning movies to the big screen once again within the main hall of the Palladium. The partnership will kick-off with screenings of “White Christmas,” “The Sound of Music,” “An American in Paris” and an audience sing-a-long of “The Wizard of Oz.”

HFF Interview: Erasing Hate

Bryon Widner used to be a skinhead white supremacist. He filled his face with hateful tattoos that representing his violent actions and cruelty towards others. After years of being in that group, Bryon left and started a family. Trying to leave that life behind, he starts the process of removing his face tattoos. Director Bill Brummel documented this process capturing a really powerful story about redemption with the movie Erasing Hate. We talked to Bill about the bond he created with Bryon and the difficulty of filming lasers.

HFF Interview: Spaghetti for Two

“Spaghetti for Two” is one of the short films this year that has a simple story that is told through an inspired grandiose fashion. A man is looking to have lunch with the limited money he has but he keeps being distracted by his imaginative daydreams. German writer/director Matthias Rosenberger talked with us about what it was like to film those sequences and the storytelling perspective he took to make this movie.

HFF Interview: Stories and Legends

They say it takes a village to raise a child. In this case it takes a school to showcase a city. An instructor at Ball State University has started a project to educate the public about the rich history of Muncie and used its telecommunications program to create a stunning documentary short. “Stories and Legends: Historic Preservation in Muncie, Indiana” was submitted to the Heartland Film Festival and we were able to talk to executive producer Chris Flook and directors Kayla Eiler and Christen Whitney about the origins of this project and how they reexamined a city like Muncie.

Heartland Film Festival to Honor Veterans at Opening Night Event

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is proud to be showing the documentary High Ground to kick off the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival. Filmmakers Michael Brown and Don Hahn are scheduled to be in attendance as well as one of the film’s featured Veterans, Staff Sergeant Cody Miranda of the Marine Corps. The event is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

HFF Interview: Death

One of our narrative films this year comes from the creative mind of writer/director Martin Gooch. Working in the United Kingdom, he used science-fiction, comedy and heartfelt drama to tell the story of a family trying to adjust to their father’s death. The film is entitled Death and is definitely one that you wouldn’t want to miss.

HFF Interview: Dva

One of our festival award winning short films, “Dva”, is the tense story about two soldiers on opposite sides of the Croatian War stuck in one place against the elements and each other. This position tests them in unimaginable ways as they struggle to survive. We had a chance to interview writer/director Mickey Nedimovic about this incredible short film.

HFF Interview: Buzkashi Boys

As with all of our Festival Award-winning short films, “Buzkashi Boys” ends and all you want to say is “wow.” The film captures a culture rarely seen as two young boys have dreams of athletic stardom in Afghanistan. Their world feels so rich and fascinating because it’s showing us a side to a country we only know about from the news. We were able to talk with writer/director Sam French about his short film and what drew him to film in Kabul.

HFF Interview: Free Samples

Free Samples is easily one of the funniest films playing in this year’s festival. It’s the story of Jillian, who is stuck performing a thankless humiliating job while running into some of the weirdos of Los Angeles and avoiding what’s really bothering her. We were able to talk to the director of this great film, Jay Gammill to figure out what it was like filming with the ice cream truck and what makes Jillian tick.

HFF Interview: Kipp Normand

Kipp Normand is a local legend around Indianapolis. He is a quaint man who creates wonderful pieces of art from objects that were thrown away or disguarded. Filmmaker Jonathan Frey created a personal short film about this artist, entitled “Kipp Normand” and it is one of the Festival Award-winning short films. We talked with Jonathan about his relationship with Kipp and the art that really speaks to him.

HFF Interview: Ali 707

One of the shorts in our “Interesting Individuals” program follows a man named Ali who is trapped in an Australian refugee prison. He keeps himself fit by endlessly running. “Ali 707” is a very charming short film about the strength of the human spirit and we were able to talk with writer/director Hannah Moore about being a first time director and what it was like to film such a physically demanding short.

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