Posts tagged with Honors

Honorary Board Member and Friend of Heartland Karl Malden Dies at 97

Heartland joins family and friends of legendary actor Karl Malden in grieving for the loss of this gem of the screen.  Throughout years in Hollywood, Karl Malden’s contributions to films like On the Waterfront, Pollyanna and Patton, his may never have been a household name but his was an indelible presence in films.

Later in life, Malden’s consistent support of Heartland’s vision and mission played an integral role in the success of the organization as a festival and a bastion for the films that leave an impact on audiences.

Heartland will miss his friendship and guidance, and adds its thoughts and prayers to those already sent to the family he leaves behind.

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Heartland Tributes Horton Foote

This week, Hollywood lost one of its best wordsmiths when screenwriter Horton Foote passed away.  The 92-year-old writer has classics like To Kill a Mockingbird to his credit, as well as lesser known (but just as moving) films like Tender Mercies and The Trip To Bountiful.

In 1995, Heartland honored Mr. Foote with the Crystal Heart Career Achievement Award, predecessor to the distinguished Pioneering Spirit Award bestowed on industry leaders today.  Below is the tribute video that introduced this talented, accomplished man before he accepted the award.

Heartland’s thoughts and prayers go out all of Mr. Foote’s friends and family in their time of loss.  His contributions to the art of filmmaking will continue to inspire audiences for years to come.

Read the remembrance about Horton Foote at

Sydney Pollack, Friend of Heartland, Passes Away at 73

I was wrapping up a pleasantly quiet Memorial Day weekend on Monday when I clicked over to Yahoo! News and read of the passing of Sydney Pollack.  Immediately I thought of the night last year that he returned to Indianapolis to screen what would be his last film as a director, Sketches of Frank Gehry.  

Jeff and Mr. Pollack chatted like old friends; fitting, really, as that’s exactly what they were.  Pollack’s ties to Indiana–he was born in Lafayette–brought him back to the Hoosier state often.  Jeff remembered his visit to the Festival in 1993 during an interview with WISH-TV:

It was a time when, who really knew what this film festival was about? And we really didn’t know what we were doing a whole lot back then, I think. But he was extremely gracious…In my career with Heartland I’ve met a lot of famous people. But no one more generous and giving and helpful than Sydney Pollack.

Despite a career that started in acting, he found his niche behind the camera.  The filmmaker’s extensive resume lists credit after credit as producer on projects you probably never even realized he had a hand in.  I know I didn’t.  I suppose it’s a testament to his quiet strength and humility of spirit.

Our thoughts and prayers at Heartland go out to Mr. Pollack’s family; his is a cinematic voice that will truly be missed.