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Heartland Roadshow: See The Way April 13 in Indianapolis

The Heartland Roadshow will be traveling to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, April 13, for a special screening of 2011 Heartland Film Festival Opening Night Event film The Way.

The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life.” Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey.

Event Details:

Admission is free, but a recommended donation of $10 will be appreciated. Recommended for adult audiences.

The Way is a deserving Truly Moving Picture Award winner!

There is a story behind how The Way came to be the 2011 Heartland Film Festival’s Opening Night Event, and it starts just over a year ago. Last year, right before the 2010 Heartland Film Festival, producer David Alexanian dropped a copy of the film off to Ray Mills, the Festival Artistic Director. David had just come from the Toronto International Film Festival, and was hoping we could squeeze it into our line-up. It was impossible for us to adjust our schedule at that time, but it ended up working out in the end!

We had the TMPA jury screen the film, so that when it was picked up for distribution we could give it the attention it deserved. The jury loved the film. They appreciated the rolling landscapes and the meditative pace, but especially the story of a father yearning to reconnect with his estranged son in a powerful way. Bolstered by strong performances and a fitting soundtrack, they felt that it perfectly matched the requirements of a Truly Moving Picture Award winner.

Then came the wait. As their distribution timeline became clearer, it started looking like we might be able to really love on the film in a big way. As Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and David Alexanian plotted their bus tour across the country, it all gelled perfectly and we had the chance to highlight the TMPA winner at our Opening Night Event!

Indy friends – If you weren’t able to attend one of the two sold-out showings during the Festival, be sure to catch it at either the AMC Castleton Square 14 theater or the AMC Showplace 17 theater on the south side. Coincidence that it’s playing at both of our Festival theaters? I think not!

The Way to Open the 2011 Heartland Film Festival!

As our first annual Heartland Film Festival Sneak Peek fundraiser was winding down last Thursday, we announced our Opening Night Event film, The Way, written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen. Even more exciting than the announcement of the film was the announcement that Estevez and Sheen are scheduled to attend the event on October 13!

The Way follows Tom (Sheen), an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (Estevez) who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking “El Camino de Santiago”, or The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historic pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.

“Martin and I are thrilled and honored to be opening this year’s Heartland Film Festival with The Way,” said Estevez. “The Way is a movie that pushes back against the tide of cynicism and despair that many people in our country are feeling these days. The film celebrates what is missing for so many: community, family and faith. We are proud and excited to share it with the folks in Indiana at this awesome and important film festival.”

In addition to announcing the Opening Night Event we gave folks in attendance a small preview of what’s to come this year by showing trailers for Hamill, Crime After Crime and Two Life. You’ll have to wait until the Announcement Celebration on September 20 when we announce the award winners to see how they did in the screening process. We’ve gotta keep a few things a surprise for that night. :)

We can’t be more excited to share this film with you as well! Tickets for the Opening Night Event (and all other 2011 Heartland Film Festival screenings and events) go on sale September 21. Hope to see you there!