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The Kings of Summer Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

The Kings of SummerCBS Films’ coming-of-age comedy honored by national arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures for its ability to inspire, educate and engage.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has given its Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) to CBS Films’ release The Kings of Summer, the coming-of-age comedy that premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Kings of Summer is a quirky film with a great message,” explained Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The themes of courage, friendship, family, parenting, and growing up were very well received by our jury. Jurors were also struck by the film’s rich photography and acting ensemble.

“A perfect balance of comedy and drama, The Kings of Summer is a solid reflection of adolescent angst and the struggle, bravery and independence necessary to respond to life’s hard circumstances. We are proud to honor The Kings of Summer with the Truly Moving Picture Award.”

The TMPA honors select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment: awarded films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the TMPA to approximately 15-20 films a year that impact their targeted audiences in a meaningful way. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.

The Kings of Summer will open in select theaters May 31. Visit the film’s official website.

About “The Kings of Summer”
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from. (CBS FILMS)

About CBS Films
CBS Films is a division of CBS Corporation. The division develops, finances, acquires, produces and releases theatrical feature films spanning all genres. For more information, log on to www.cbsfilms.com.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Wins the Truly Moving Picture Award!

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Under Jackson’s direction, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and is being released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was captivated by the film’s flawless special effects and cinematography. They were also struck by many of the film’s themes, including the notion that anyone can be a hero by doing good within their own means, the importance of teamwork and finding selflessness and courage in the face of adversity.

Check out the film’s Truly Moving Picture Award page for more information and catch the film in theaters beginning Friday, Dec. 14.

This film has been rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

Get TMPA Winner Chimpanzee on DVD, Blu-ray & iTunes!

Truly Moving Picture Award winner Chimpanzee has been released to DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes. Visit the official website to make your purchase!

An adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life star in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph.  Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest.

If you order the DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack or iTunes Digital by August 27th, a portion of the sales will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute.

Truly Moving Picture Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Screening at IU Cinema

The 2012 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award-winning documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry will be screened at IU Cinema three separate times September 6-8. The director, Alison Klayman, will be in attendance on Thursday the 6th! Listen to our July interview with her now.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

We would like to thank IU Cinema for displaying the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award laurel over the Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry listing in its newly released Fall Program (page 50).

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner!

The latest recipient of the Truly Moving Picture Award is a magical tale that warmed the hearts of our jury. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is about a married couple who wish for a child more than anything. One night after a few glasses of wine, they decide to write down attributes of what they would want their perfect child to have. Things like a sense of humor, the ability to “rock” and to be the one in the family to score the winning goal (see clip below).

They bury their box of paper, but during the night, fortune intervened. A boy appears from the dirt and he says his name is Timothy.  He calls them “mom” and “dad” and is everything they’ve ever wanted from a child. Also he has leaves growing out of his ankles. Maybe he’s really magic, who knows?

Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play the new parents of Timothy with warmth and surprise. They have wanted to be parents for so long and now that a child has arrived fully formed. This leads to them trying to figure out the best way to raise a child right away through trial and error, as they’re careful of the path they take, since wishes come true. They become overprotective, but everything they do is from genuine love for Timothy.

Timothy also inspires the town through his kindness. Dianne Wiest plays a grumpy museum curator, Rosemary DeWitt is a sister who brags too much about her children’s accomplishments, and David Morse is a father who doesn’t know how to show his support towards his family. Even though people make mistakes, Timothy is able to show that no one is alone. He also experiences an innocent young love with a girl as they go into the woods to discover the beauty of nature.

The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was in awe of the beauty of the cinematography and the music. Its story about new parents and their magical child was moving to the point where there were a few tears in the audience once the movie was over. One juror said the movie is “just plain sweet and happy with a message of hope and goodness.”

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a family film about families and the positivity that can create for an entire community.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is playing nationwide starting August 15th. It is rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.

Make sure to check out the film’s official website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

TMPA Winner Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Now Available on DVD & Blu-ray

Dr. Seuss' The LoraxTruly Moving Picture Award winner Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is now available on DVD and Blu-ray!

From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a 3D-CG adaptation of the classic tale of a forest guardian who shares the enduring power of hope.  The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To get it he must find the story of the Lorax, the acerbic yet charming character who fights to protect his world.

Check out the film’s official website.

Purchase the film at Amazon.com.

Heartland Presents Truly Moving Picture Award to Ron Howard

OSCAR®-winning director Ron Howard was in town this weekend to lead the Brickyard 400 field as the event’s official pace car driver.

Heartland President & CEO Jeff Sparks and Board Secretary Laura George (wife of former Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. President and CEO Tony George) met with Ron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to present the acclaimed filmmaker with a Truly Moving Picture Award.

Ron has directed and/or produced multiple TMPA-winning films, including:

- Cinderella Man
- Changeling
- A Beautiful Mind
- Apollo 13
- Cast Away
- Cocoon

Thank you, Ron, for making films that truly make a difference!

Check out Kathy Kightlinger’s “Talk of Our Town” article at the IndyStar!

TMPA Winner Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Hits Theatres

A great documentary wakes you up to an important topic. That’s what artist Ai Weiwei has been doing his entire life with his evocative pictures that harshly questions the Chinese government. This year first time director, Alison Klayman, focused on this powerful man with the film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

The film never plays like a traditional biography documentary because the real triumph is how Ai Weiwei can inspire change in those who view his art. The film maintains a strong focus on what he’s been able to accomplish as an activist. He operates like a revolutionary through the way he can bring social justice through the means of Twitter and other forms of non-aggression.

The documentary becomes even timelier when during the course of filming, dramatic events occur to Ai Weiwei causing him to stop producing his art. All of the opposition is so powerful that it makes Ai Weiwei seem grander as he continues to fight for his home.

The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was blown away by this film. Beyond finding it inspirational and informative, one jury member said “this was probably the best documentary I’ve seen at Heartland.” Another member said it was “fascinating, frightening and totally compelling.” This is a film that can cause a lot of discussion about the role of non-violent protests and what one person can do in the face of injustice.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is rated “R” for some language and is now playing in select theatres across the country. The film’s release schedule is as follows:

July 27, Limited Release – New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C.

August 3, Expanded:

- Arlington
- Berkley
- Boston
- Chicago
- Dallas
- Houston
- Minneapolis
- Montclair
- Palo Alto
- San Diego
- Santa Ana
- San Jose
- Scottsdale
- Seattle

You can hear a podcast of Heartland Film Festival’s artistic director Tim Irwin interviewing Alison Klayman here.

TMPA Winner Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Now Available on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD

Truly Moving Picture Award winner Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand!

Stuffy government fisheries scientist Fred is asked by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik to do the seemingly impossible – introduce British salmon to the Wadis of the Yemen. Despite considerable trepidation, Fred is finally won over by the charismatic Arab, who reveals that fishing brings him closer to God, and he hopes it will have the same effect on his countrymen. Fred also begins to fall for the Sheik’s beautiful legal representative Harriet. So he rises to the sheik’s eccentric challenge, casting off his English reserve on a transformational journey of self-discovery and late-blooming love.

Check out the film’s official website.

Purchase or rent the film at Amazon.com.

Celebrate July Fourth with TMPA Winner Yankee Doodle Dandee

After the fireworks are lit and the burgers are gone, how are you going to keep the Spirit of Freedom alive this Fourth of July?

By watching Truly Moving Picture Award winner Yankee Doodle Dandy, that’s how!

Beyond introducing audiences to transformative independent films and filmmakers through the Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures also honors theatrically released motion pictures that express the positive values of life with our Truly Moving Picture Award. The TMPA is regularly bestowed to modern films, but classic films dating all the way back to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921) are also winner of the TMPA.

Yankee Doodle Dandy, the classic musical from 1942, stars Hollywood legend James Cagney as George M. Cohan, the musical genius behind such American standards as “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “The Grand Old Rag ” (later retitled “The Grand Old Flag”). Cohan began on vaudeville at the age of 13, performing in shows and honing his craft. Over time, Cohan earned accolade upon accolade for his original, exciting compositions, including “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “So Long, Mary”. At his pinnacle, Cohan was the first performer from popular theater to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Cagney, known as one of Hollywood’s original tough guys from his role in gangster films such as Public Enemy and The Roaring Twenties, uses Yankee Doodle Dandy to showcase his often overlooked talent for song and dance.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, Yankee Doodle Dandy was meant to elicit patriotic fervor during World War II. As you’ll see for yourself, the film still packs the same emotional punch and pride today as it did back then!

Right now, if you purchase the DVD through Amazon.com, you will receive a bonus two-day digital rental of the film. Instant patriotism!

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Kiwanis International are a Perfect Match

We at Heartland are excited about our new partnership with Kiwanis International. Kiwanians are dedicated to making a difference one child and one community at a time, and Heartland believes that one film can make a difference in the world. In each case, both of our organizations believe that meaningful results begin with one person taking action.

That’s why Heartland has begun co-branding specific movie discussion guides with Kiwanis. We’re excited to offer Kiwanis members specific youth service ideas and character development activities rooted in the themes of some of our Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films.

To kick off our great new partnership we’ve worked with Kiwanis on the following discussion guides:

Service suggestions include ideas ranging from becoming a reading tutor in a local school to getting involved with an equestrian therapy program close to home to hosting a toy drive for a local children’s hospital or home. There are so many ways that movies can inspire us to get involved and we are so pleased to have such an active partner ready to use our resources to engage their members who are already making a difference.

While our co-branded discussion guides can be used by anyone, not just Kiwanis members, be sure to check out what Kiwanis is doing in your community and learn how you can get involved.