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Waste Land – Jardim Gramacho Landfill Closes

2010 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award-winner Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump. At Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Muniz photographs an eclectic band of catadores, self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives.

In the film, Muniz helped a handful of these catadores reimagine their lives through art. Now everyone who relied on Jardim Gramacho must reimagine their lives through the closing of the landfill. The catadores’ home and source of livelihood was closed on the weekend of June 2-3 by the local government. All trash is now being redirected to Seropedica, Rio de Janeiro’s next-generation dump. Roughly 1,700 strong, the catadores will receive a lump-sum payout and job training, but their future is still a big unknown. Read more at Yahoo! Finance.

Red Dog – Film Picked Up for North American Distribution

2011 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize Award winner for Best Narrative Feature, Red Dog, continues its already successful post-festival run. The Australian film has been picked up for North American distribution by ARC Entertainment.

Based on a legendary true story, Red Dog tells the tale of a hitchhiking hound that united a remote mining community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master in the 1970′s. Read more at Screen Daily.

Update on 2011 HFF Grand Prize Winner Red Dog

Red DogRed Dog, based on a legendary true story, tells the tale of a hitchhiking hound that united a remote mining community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master in the 1970′s.

Since winning the Heartland Film Festival $100,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature Award last October, Red Dog’s success hasn’t slowed down.

- Last November Red Dog won big at the Jameson Inside Film (IF) Awards, the people’s choice awards for Australian film. The movie took home six awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Direction (Kriv Stenders), Best Cinematography (Geoff Hall), Best Actor (Josh Hall), Best Script (Daniel Taplitz) and Best Music (Cezary Skubiszewski).

- Red Dog continued its native success at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. AFI awarded Red Dog the Samsung Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (AACT) Award for Best Film, as well as the AFI Members’ Choice Award.

- Beyond its critical success, Red Dog was the year’s top-grossing film in Australia, making more than $21 million at the box office. Upon its home video release late last year, the film quickly became the best-selling DVD of 2011 and is now Australia’s top-selling DVD of all-time.

- Koko, the canine actor who played the film’s title role, won Best Dog in a Foreign Film at the Golden Collar Awards. The award ceremony took place on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Check out Koko’s acceptance speech:

- Red Dog made its theatrical debut in the United Kingdom on Feb. 24, opening to rave reviews.

- Plans have recently been announced by Australian producers to adapt Red Dog into a stage musical. Whether Koko will sing or not has not yet been determined.

HTMP would like to congratulate Red Dog on its continued success. Visit the official Red Dog website to learn more about the film.

2011 HFF Audience Choice Award Winners: The people have spoken!

After a tight race for the past 10 days, we finally have our Audience Choice Award winners! Congratulations to all!

Audience Choice Award – Narrative Feature

Red Dog

It’s night in the Western Australian outback, a dying dog lies in the backroom of the town’s only pub. Slowly, as word spreads, the local community gathers at the pub. Part vigil, part wake, part celebration, they swap stories of Red Dog’s epic life, travels and his rise to fame.

Audience Choice Award – Documentary Feature

Crime After Crime



Crime After Crime
tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser.

Audience Choice Award – Short

Sun City Picture House

Sun City Picture House is the story of Rapheal Louigene a young Haitian man who loves movies. After watching the last of the old colonial movie theaters destroyed in the earthquake he enlists the help of a priest and two young aid workers to build Haiti’s only movie theater on a hill above a tent city.