Posts tagged with The Help

Festival Award Winner Picks Up BAFTA Nom!

We always get excited when nominations are announced to see if any Heartland-honored films from the past year are recognized. We get especially jazzed when it’s a Festival film! This morning as we scoured the BAFTA nominations, we were so excited to see Heartland Film Festival Award winning short, Abuelas, nominated for Short Animations! We send lots of love to director and friend Afarin Eghbal!

Abuelas Dir. Afarin Eghbal

Also recognized with nominations was Truly Moving Picture Award winner, The Help, with fives noms including Best Film and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. She just scored the Golden Globe this past weekend for the same role so we’ll see if her momentum keeps going. Fellow Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in TMPA winner, Beginners.

We wish all nominees best of luck!

Click here for a complete listing of 2012 BAFTA nominations.

Summer 2011 F.I.L.M. Curricula Ready for FREE Download!

One of the great joys for me of working at Heartland is creating curricula for our Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies (F.I.L.M.) program. I get to dig in to a movie and look at themes from every angle. I also get to tap into my inner kid and come up with fun, engaging activities for youth of every age.

With three brand new curricula released this summer, it’s no surprise that lately I’ve been having a ton of fun at work. I hope that you’ll download some of our curricula, new or old, and see what kind of fun you can have as well.

Here’s our latest lineup of summer curriculum, suitable for a range of ages.

Nanny McPhee Returns
Ages 6 – 12

In Nanny McPhee Returns, Mrs. Isabel Green lives in a scenic valley with her children. They each understand the importance of working together as a family, and things are going remarkably smoothly for the rural quartet until a pair of spoiled cousins arrive for an extended stay, effectively turning the quaint little farm into a virtual zoo. As the situation quickly getting out of hand, Nanny McPhee suddenly appears on her doorstep claiming that she can bring a much-needed sense of order to the out-of-control household.

Objectives for youth include:

• Celebrate the magic and impact of reading.
• Explore relationships, especially those within families.
• Make efforts to better the lives of family members and strangers.

Download Nanny McPhee Returns F.I.L.M. Curriculum (pdf)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Ages 8 and older

Mr. Popper is a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life. Mr. Popper finally understands what he’s been missing, thanks to a new inheritance: six penguins who turn his swanky New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland and the rest of his life upside-down.

Objectives for youth include:

• Celebrate the journeys you can take while reading.
• Explore animals and the environments in which they live.
• Examine ways to preserve memories.
• Take action towards bettering the lives of people and animals.

Download Mr. Popper’s Penguins F.I.L.M. Curriculum

The Help
Ages 13 and older

In Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.

Objectives for youth include:

• Explore the importance of friendships.
• Learn more about the Civil Rights movement in the south during the ‘60s.
• Discover the ability a group of people has to transform community.
• Take action in your community.

Download The Help F.I.L.M. Curriculum (pdf)

If you’ve used the F.I.L.M. curricula in your organization, classroom or with your family, be sure to share your stories with us. Better understanding how movies can help both youth and adults learn more about the world and the people around them is what keeps this program going and helps us add even more meaning to the movies!

The Help is a TMPA winner!

We’re excited to announce that The Help is a Truly Moving Picture Award winner! The film will be released on August 10 in theaters around the country. The Help is based on the explosive book of the same name, and is brought to the big screen by Dreamworks and Disney.

The Help revolves around the town of Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960′s. Skeeter (Emma Stone) is strongly determined to go to college and get a job, despite the pressure from her mother and upper crust friends to find a rich husband and settle down. As she begins writing for the local newspaper she becomes troubled by some of the blaring social issues in the town: the mistreatment and abuse of the black women who keep house and raise the children of the rich families. With the help of Aibileen (Viola Davis) she starts collecting the stories she’ll need to publish her book and set Jackson on fire.

Our Truly Moving Picture Award jury found the film absolutely delightful. The subject matter is necessary and still relevant today, and they were especially impressed with how sensitively the film handled such a difficult topic. The jury felt that there wasn’t a single weak performance from the ensemble cast, and rich period details helped involve them in the themes that were presented. For a film based on a book, it couldn’t have been done any better!