Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the feature-length documentary High Ground, a beautifully shot film following the Soldiers to Summits first peak climb of American veterans. Eleven soldiers, a Blue and Gold Star Mom and professional climbers accept the challenge of climbing to the summit of Lobuche East in Khumbu, Nepal, near Mount Everest. The scenery alone is incredible, but it is the stories and efforts of the soldiers that is most inspiring. These veterans have been wounded either physically or emotionally, and they have struggled with re-integration into civilian life. Sharing some of their darkest memories, and some of their best, the veterans seem to be experiencing positive change and hope brought on by the beauty of the Himalayas and the trials of the dangerous yet exhilarating climb.
High Ground will be the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival’s Opening Night Event film, playing on October 18 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The producer, Don Hahn, will be in attendance with a few of the film’s featured veterans. When tickets go on sale September 24, make sure you purchase yours right away! The veterans shed light on the difficulties they face each day, but they also build new outlooks on life that will stun you into re-evaluating your own perspective and strength.
The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center (JCC) will screen Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh on Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. This feature-length documentary is a 2008 Heartland Film Festival Award winner. The filmmakers will join the audience in a Skype discussion after the screening.
Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen narrates the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet turned paratrooper and modern-day Joan of Arc. Hannah Senesh joined the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust and parachuted into Nazi-occupied territory to help save her native Hungary’s Jews. With unprecedented access to the family’s archive, the film unfolds through the writings of Hannah and Catherine Senesh.
Tickets are $3 for JCC members and $5 for general public; they may be ordered through JCC Cultural Arts. The screening is funded by the LDI 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program and is a preview of the upcoming Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts at the JCC, October 24-November 17.
Baby orangutans and elephants on the big screen are capturing much attention across the state of Indiana! IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures are pleased to announce that the soon-to-be-released film Born to be Wild 3D has received Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA). The film follows young orphaned elephants and orangutans on the trip of a lifetime, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. Showing on the state’s largest movie screen, Born to be Wild 3D opens on April 8 exclusively at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. The TMPA honors theatrically released motion pictures that promote positive change in people’s lives through the transformative power of film.
“We are incredibly honored by this award for a film that is absolutely life-changing!” said Craig Mince, theater manager of the Downtown IMAX. “There is definitely a message of hope and positivity for these amazing creatures.”
“Heartland is proud to honor Born to Be Wild for its inspiring and beautiful look at the work being done with orphaned animals and the positive change two determined people can have in the world,” said Jeffrey L. Sparks, president and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.
Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, Born to be Wild 3D is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick.
Because of its message of conservation, the Indianapolis Zoo is partnering with the neighboring IMAX Theater to motivate moviegoers to take action. “The zoo’s mission is to empower people in advancing animal conservation,” said Dr. Rob Shumaker, vice president for life sciences at the Indianapolis Zoo. “We thank the Downtown IMAX Theater for joining the zoo in supporting conservation efforts and for bringing this film to our city and state.”