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Shuffle Available on DVD!

The 2011 Heartland Film Festival Closing Night Event feature film Shuffle is now available to add to your Netflix DVDs by mail queue. The film will also be available to stream on iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Amazon VOD and cable VOD on inDemand soon.

Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order;  every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he’s going to be once he falls asleep.  He’s terrified and wants it to stop – until he notices a pattern in his experience, and works to uncover why this is happening to him – and what or who is behind it.

Part “Twilight Zone”-style mystery, part Frank Capra fantasy, Shuffle stars TJ Thyne, star of the hit TV show Bones, in his first turn as a leading man in a feature film. The film’s voluminous prosthetic old age make-up is by Barney Burman, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Make-up for Star Trek. The film was written, directed and scored by two time Crystal Heart Award-winner Kurt Kuenne, filmmaker of the acclaimed documentary Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father and the popular short film Validation (HFF 2007; Winner – Best Short, Audience Award, Crystal Heart Award), also starring TJ Thyne.

The DVD will be released on August 21st and sold at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and Blockbuster. The DVD features both the critically-acclaimed black & white version and the color version of the film. It features 50 minutes of bonus content, including a 30-minute documentary on the making of the film, shot by Dan Austin, and a 20-minute collection of video diaries from the award-winning festival run by Shuffle director Kurt Kuenne.

Shuffle is also coming to theaters near you soon! Screenings will happen only if a specific number of tickets are reserved by the given deadline, so act fast. Check out when/where it will be screened in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, Cleveland, North Hollywood, St. Louis, and Honolulu.

To view the trailer, learn about the filmmakers, and find out how else you can see the film, check out the official website. And don’t forget to view the Facebook page!

5 Ways to Embrace Heartland this Spring!

With spring upon us, the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures staff is feeling the need to celebrate! Whether you are a filmmaker or a film enthusiast, here are five ways you can celebrate great filmmaking this spring.

Join us in person or via live stream for The Life of a Motion Designer with Brian Phillips filmmaking workshop in April.

Filmmaking Workshop

Head to theatres to catch TMPA winners
Jane Eyre, Born to be Wild and The Conspirator.



Call for Entries for the 2011 Heartland Film Festival open March 31.


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See how the Heartland Film Festival helped filmmaker Kurt Kuenne change a law in Canada

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Festival Filmmaker Changes Law in Canada

Kurt Kuenne on the set of his latest film Shuffle.

I first crossed paths with the Heartland Film Festival in 2007 when my short film Validation won a Crystal Heart Award as well as the Vision Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Choice Award, all in one whirlwind weekend. When I received the Vision Award, I was astounded that a film festival existed that gave a $10,000 cash prize for Best Short Film and even more astounded that I was the one receiving it.

And it came at a very important time for me. At the time I had been working around the clock without pay for a year, editing and completing a documentary that I wholeheartedly believed in. I had raised enough money to finish the film, but not enough to pay myself, and it would be another nine months before I saw any income for my efforts. That $10,000 cash prize made it possible for me to keep working on my documentary in a focused and efficient manner that allowed me to do my best work without worrying about looking for other paying projects.

That documentary, Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father, was released to great acclaim the following year, was picked up by MSNBC for television, Oscilloscope Laboratories for theatrical and DVD release, was named one of the top five documentaries of 2008 by the National Board of Review and was listed as “One of the Year’s 10 Best” by more than 40 film critics. Most importantly, though, when I screened it for Canada’s Parliament the following year, it inspired the creation of Bill C-464, which proposed amending Canada’s bail code to give courts the power to deny bail to someone accused of a serious crime who is deemed a potential danger to children under the age of 18. Bill C-464 finally became law on December 15, 2010.

During the past three years, I’ve received nine letters from people who claim that viewing the documentary made them discard suicide plans and vow to embrace life from that point on. Though they may not have been aware of it at the time, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures helped make all of this possible because their prize money helped me live during the final months of completing this film.

Heartland invited me back in 2008, where I received a Crystal Heart Award from my short film Slow.  The prize money helped me as I was about to dive into work on another year-long film production where I would again be working without pay until the film sold.

Kurt Kuenne on the set of his latest film Shuffle.

Filmmakers working with small budgets, like I’ve been doing for several years now, have to move forward on faith. They often have to make up their minds to dedicate an enormous amount of time to a project without any guarantee of financial compensation in order to will a film into being. If an independent filmmaker were to wait around for someone to pay them for their efforts, their project might never get made at all. Heartland’s support of filmmakers, with incredibly generous cash prizes, has a kind of lasting ripple effect that encourages this creation, and you may never know the full extent of the impact it is having in the world – but rest assured that it is making a powerful dent.

As Heartland Truly Moving Pictures celebrates 20 years, I extend my sincerest thanks to everyone at the Heartland Film Festival for everything they’ve done and I hope you will consider making a gift to this extraordinary and rare organization so they may continue to support filmmakers whose current work shows promise of great cultural contribution, and whose future work just might be of great significance to making people happier the world over…and you will have helped make that possible.


Kurt Kuenne
Validation (HFF 2007), Slow and The Phone Book (HFF 2008)

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