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Oscar® Nominations Highlight Films Honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Three Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short films honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, seven Truly Moving Picture Award winners also nominated.

Nominees for this year’s Academy Awards ® were announced this morning, with 10 films honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures making the final list. The Heartland Film Festival is proud to be a qualifying film festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films category. This means that the recipient of the Festival’s Grand Prize for Best Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Heartland is pleased to announce that the 2012 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Short Film winner, “Head Over Heels,” directed by Timothy Reckart, is on the nomination list, along with two other Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short films.

“We had over 830 short films submitted to the Heartland Film Festival in 2012,” said Artistic Director Tim Irwin, “so to have three of our seven Festival Award-winning short films nominated by the Academy really highlights the artistic integrity of our selection process, and is a huge milestone for the Festival.”

The three nominated short films are:

  • “Head Over Heels” 2012 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Short Film
    Nominated for Best Short Film, Animated

    After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, their equilibrium comes crashing down and the couple that cannot agree which way is up must find a way put their marriage back together.
  • “Buzkashi Boys” – 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action

    Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of Buzkashi—a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat —“Buzkashi Boys” tells the compelling coming-of-age story of two best friends; a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, both of whom struggle to realize their dreams.
  • “Inocente” – 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Documentary Short

    At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvasses creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past.

Beyond the independent films nominated within the Short Films category, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has honored many of 2012’s nominated theatrically-released films with its Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA). By bestowing the TMPA seal to honored films, Heartland allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Oscar®-nominated films include:

  • Lincoln – Walt Disney Pictures
    Twelve nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Director, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Mixing and Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

    In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.
  • Les Misérables – Universal Pictures
    Eight nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Mixing

    Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Warner Bros.
    Three nominations: Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Visual Effects

    This adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.
  • Brave – Disney•Pixar
    Nominated for Animated Feature

    Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
  • Chasing Ice – Submarine Deluxe
    Nominated for Music (Original Song)


    Within months of his first trip to Iceland, photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Focus Features
    Nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay)

    Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, a young boy and girl fall in love and are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down—which might not be such a bad thing.
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Pictures
    Nominated for Animated Feature

    For decades, Ralph has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr., the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

Congratulations to all the nominees, whose films have inspired, educated and engaged audiences throughout 2012.

Heartland Announces Top 10 List of Truly Moving Picture Award Winners

Lincoln tops list of awarded films that inspire, educate and engage.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has released its Top 10 list of Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films of 2012. Lincoln, director Steven Spielberg’s record seventh film to receive the Award, took the top spot. Les Misérables and The Intouchables, from Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company respectively, followed closely behind. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Moonrise Kingdom round out the list of top films that inspire, educate and engage audiences of all ages.

“It’s always hard to narrow down a given year’s Truly Moving Picture Award recipients, and this year was no exception. But with the help of our Truly Moving Picture Award jury, we were able to compile this top 10 list,” said Tim Irwin, Artistic Director. “I’m proud of the diversity of films represented, from major releases like Lincoln, Les Misérables and Brave to smaller and powerful films like The Intouchables and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. This year’s list is a great representation of what we are about here at Heartland.”

The Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners of 2012 include:

1. Lincoln – Walt Disney Pictures

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.


2. Les Misérables – Universal Pictures

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

3. The Intouchables – The Weinstein Company

After a paragliding accident, Philippe became paralyzed from the neck down. He has a full staff at his estate, but he needs a personal caretaker to help him move around. The only person who caught his eye during the application process was Driss, a younger man from the projects who was only there to be rejected so he can keep collecting unemployment checks. Driss is hired and an unlikely friendship is formed between them as they experience laughter and heartbreak.

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Paramount Pictures

A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls “The Worst Day,” he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him.

5. Brave – Disney•Pixar

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

6. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Sundance Selects

This 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.

7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – Walt Disney Pictures

Cindy and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family, but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim — and their small town of Stanleyville — learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

8. Chimpanzee – Disneynature

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.

9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – CBS Films

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.

10. Moonrise Kingdom – Focus Features

On an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two 12-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.

By bestowing the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to honored films, Heartland allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. In turn, Heartland hopes that audiences who have been meaningfully impacted by these films will then recognize and continue to look for the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to use as a guide in selecting films.

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.

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.

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

Filmmaking Workshop

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

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Submit

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

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Be Inspired
See how the Heartland Film Festival helped filmmaker Kurt Kuenne change a law in Canada
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Support
Support and encourage inspiring filmmakers like Kurt Kuenne by giving $25 to Heartland Truly Moving Pictures today

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Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to presenting you with more opportunities to celebrate film all year!

Heartland to Award Actress Celeste Holm with Career Acheivement Award

Celeste Holm and Frank Basile

In partnership with Indianapolis Opera, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will award Celeste Holm with a Career Achievement Award at Basile at Basile, an evening of music and film including the song stylings of Holm’s husband, Frank Basile.  Basile will sing everything from opera to songs from the Great American Songbook as well as songs from some of the musicals in which Celeste appeared.

Holm is honored for her Career Achievement for outstanding contribution to film and theatre including her appearance in TMPA winners Gentleman’s Agreement, for which she won the Supporting Actress Oscar and a Golden Globe, All About Eve and The Snake Pit.

What: Basile at Basile
When: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Concert and Tribute at 7:30 p.m. Reception with Ms. Holm and the artists immediately following
Where: Basile Opera Center, 4011 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis
Cost: $100 patron ticket (includes VIP parking); $75 ticket

Join us and RSVP now!

Interview with Director of Secretariat, Randall Wallace

We recently spoke with Randall Wallace about his new film, the Truly Moving Picture Award winning Secretariat. Wallace directed the film, and is also responsible for the script of another Truly Moving Picture Award winner, Braveheart. Click here for the full audio interview.

Wallace talks about the difficulties involved with making an historical story suspenseful for a modern audience, and how the filmmakers achieved this effect by accurately recreating the thundering race horses.

He also discusses his collaboration with a long-time friend of Heartland, screenwriter Mike Rich.  Rich is responsible for a number of Truly Moving Picture Award winners, including Finding Forrester, The Rookie, and Radio.

Wallace also talks about using real jockies for the production, instead of stand-ins, in an attempt to realistically recreate the feel of the races.

Finally, Wallace comments on the films that move him, including his own Braveheart, as it teaches the values that young men need to learn. Additionally, he discusses his production company, Wheelhouse Entertainment, a group concerned with creating media focused on classic values, including video games, music, and movies.

Disney’s SECRETARIAT Receives the Truly Moving Picture Award!

We are proud to announce that Secretariat has been honored with the Truly Moving Picture Award! The film follows the life of Penny Chenery and her horse, Secretariat.  Penny was thrust into the horse-racing business following the death of her mother, and was forced to stand up for herself in a male-dominated landscape. Bolstered by the incredible spirit of her new horse, she joined ranks with trainer Lucien Laurin to mold Secretariat into a true champion.

Did you know? ESPN named the Greatest 100 Athletes of the 20th Century. Secretariat was the only non-human on the list, coming in at #35!

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole receives the Truly Moving Picture Award!

Director Zach Snyder’s first foray into family friendly feature films is a worthy recipient of the Truly Moving Picture Award! Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is based on the book series by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows young Soren, a barn owl with dreams of glory, as he unexpectedly faces evil. If the legendary Guardians exist they may be able to help Soren defeat the evil forces and bring justice back to the owl kingdom!

Be sure to catch Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in theaters nationwide on September 24th!

Nanny McPhee Returns is a Truly Moving Picture Award recipient!

Nanny McPhee Returns, the newest release from Universal Pictures, was recently honored with the Truly Moving Picture Award!

In this followup to 2006 Truly Moving Picture Award recipient Nanny McPhee, Academy Award®-winning actress Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least in Nanny McPhee Returns, the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world.

Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green, who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.

Emma Thompson wrote, executive-produced and starred in this rightly colorful and magical film. Extolling the values of sharing, courage, honesty and faith, Nanny McPhee Returns is a perfect example of a Truly Moving Picture fit for children of all ages.



Mao's Last Dancer – A Truly Moving Picture Award recipient!

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is proud to announce that the most recent release from Samuel Goldwyn Films and ATO Pictures, Mao’s Last Dancer, is a Truly Moving Picture Award recipient!

Bruce Beresford (director of other Truly Moving Picture Award recipients Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies, and Breaker Morant) directs Mao’s Last Dancer, the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. Aesthetically pleasing, with strong performances and excellent depictions of courage, strength, and sacrifice, Mao’s Last Dancer is a welcome addition to the ranks of Truly Moving Picture Award recipients.

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Mao’s Last Dancer stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li Cunxin. The cast is rounded out by Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Maclachlan, Joan Chen and Amanda Schull.

Rob Reiner is joining us for the Heartland Premiere in Indy of his latest film!

Katie Pellerin, Director of Truly Moving Picture Awards

Katie Pellerin, Director of Truly Moving Picture Awards

We’re getting close to the Heartland Premiere of Castle Rock Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming major motion picture Flipped on Monday, August 2, at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis! Director, writer and producer Rob Reiner, is scheduled to attend the event along with members of the film’s cast including Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney and Penelope Ann Miller! This is a huge day in Heartland history and I strongly encourage you to take part!

Flipped is the next addition to Reiner’s outstanding line-up of incredible films such as Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men and The Bucket List. As an actor, you probably know Reiner for his work in such films as Sleepless in Seattle and his Emmy Award-winning role in the 70s sitcom All in the Family (Yes, that’s right. Meathead). Flipped will mark his sixth Truly Moving Picture Award of all time. Mighty impressive.

Check out the trailer below. If you’re a big fan (like myself) of Wonder Years, Now and Then and of course Stand By Me.. this will be another film you add to your favorite movie list on Facebook.

Not only are we overjoyed and deeply honored to have Rob Reiner here in Indianapolis and to host the Heartland premiere of his latest film, but incredibly excited our local folks in the “Heartland” will have a jump on other filmgoers in America to view this movie before it opens in theaters around the country! If you’re in the Heartland, don’t miss this opportunity to have bragging rights on Twitter.

Tickets are $25 and include a Q&A session with Reiner and members of the cast, as well as a dessert reception immediately following the screening. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the screening beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at 317.639.4300 or 800.366.8457 (outside Central Indiana).

If you can’t make it to the Premiere at the Hilbert, please join us on the red carpet around 6 p.m. or on Monument Circle at 11 a.m. as Rob Reiner along with dignitaries from the state of Indiana will take part in an exciting announcement about the future of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. For those of you that have been around forever, this will be a big day and we would greatly appreciate your support of Heartland by showing up on the steps. If you’re new to Heartland, this will be a great opportunity for you learn more about what we do and how you can make an impact.

One last thing! If you’re interested in getting free tickets to the event (I’m assuming if you’ve read this much, you are) follow us on Twitter for a give-a-way very, very soon!

All About Flipped

Here’s some more info about the film. To get more check out TrulyMovingPictures.org.

Opening in limited release on August 6 and nationwide on August 27, Flipped is a coming-of-age romantic comedy that follows a young couple from grade school to junior high, through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, as they make the discoveries that will define who they are and who they are to each other. Flipped is directed by Reiner from a screenplay he co-wrote with Andrew Scheinman, based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen. Reiner also produced the film with Alan Greisman. This film has been rated PG for language and some thematic material.

Truly Moving Pictures for Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, perhaps it is a good time to consider watching (or re-watching) one of the many father-themed Truly Moving Picture Award recipients. These are our suggestions for a movie-filled day spent with dad!

Glory Road

Sports films to watch with dad:

Glory Road: A rousing tale of a dedicated coach, Glory Road is about more than just basketball. With an African-American starting lineup, the coach of Texas Western refused to let racial stereotypes get in the way of forming a winning basketball team.

Rocky: One of the ultimate underdog sports films, Rocky tells the story of a down-on-his-luck boxer with one final chance at glory. An inspirational tale of courage and perseverance, Rocky is the perfect film to revisit with your father.

Hoosiers: If your father prefers basketball to boxing, why not take the time to watch Hoosiers this Father’s Day? The classic tale of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that manages an improbable run toward the state championship, Hoosiers is a perfect fit for the basketball-loving dad in your life.

Saving Private Ryan

Action-packed films to watch with dad:

Saving Private Ryan: Often labeled as one of the most realistic war movies ever crafted, Saving Private Ryan is a compelling and engrossing look into the lives of men forced to experience and fight for courage, honor, and duty. This is a must-see for any dad who appreciates war movies.

Gladiator: The story of a man wronged by an evil regime, Gladiator tells the tale of a man fighting to restore his family’s memory and honor. This is the perfect film for the gladiator-loving dad in the family.

Spartacus: If Gladiator doesn’t have enough gladiators for your dad, check out this classic story of a slave leading a massive uprising against the corrupt and decadent Roman Empire. This tale of courage and justice is a long-time favorite of dads everywhere.

Father-themed films for the whole family:

Finding Nemo: What could be more perfect for Father’s Day than a thrilling tale of a dad’s harrowing journey to rescue his imprisoned son? Even though the primary characters are fish, their human qualities shine as Nemo’s father learns a thing or two about raising his son as he hurries to rescue him from a claustrophobic aquarium.

The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible is a perfect example of a self-sacrificing father willing to work a boring day job to support his family of superheroes. But when one last threat rises to threaten humanity, it will take more than just Mr. Incredible to be the ultimate hero in this modern classic practically custom-made for Father’s Day.

The Lion King: A tale every father and son can relate to, The Lion King is the story of a young boy (or lion cub, in this case) desperately trying to gain his father’s approval. Beset by a number of obstacles, the young cub eventually finds his own place in the world, guided by memories of his father.

The Boys are Back

Stories about dad:

The Boys are Back: A somber tale, at least at first, The Boys are Back relates the story of a sportswriter whose wife is taken from him. Faced with the challenge of raising two boys alone, he eventually finds a unique solution that works for his family. This is for fathers everywhere who have faced substantial obstacles in being a dad, particularly challenges with raising rambunctious young sons.

Grace is Gone: A little on the serious side, Grace is Gone tells a pertinent and difficult story of a dad faced with the challenge of raising his young girls alone, and how they find the strength to move on together.

Life is Beautiful: The utmost sacrifices are made by a dad in Life is Beautiful, as he tries to shelter his young son from the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. By playing games and creating laughter, he teaches his son that even in times of utmost suffering there is a place for hope and resiliency in the human spirit.

The Pursuit of Happyness: Even more pertinent today, with a global financial crisis constantly in the news, The Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of what an out-of-work father will do to protect and support his son when faced with economic difficulties. An entirely relatable story in today’s workforce, the film will inspire dads everywhere who work hard for their families.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A role model for all fathers, Atticus Finch is at the center of this story about a white man defending a black man accused of rape in the segregated, pre-Civil Rights South. As a paragon of fatherly excellence, Atticus remains the ideal in any discussion on fatherhood.

Kramer vs. Kramer:  A career man makes an about-face in Kramer vs. Kramer when he is suddenly faced with losing his wife and son on account of forsaking his family for his career. This is the ultimate story of how a father will change and adapt in order to avoid forever losing his son.

Babies – A Special Look at Our World

We are proud to add the upcoming film, Babies to our list of Truly Moving Picture Award Winners. Opening Mother’s Day weekend, this non-fiction film, follows the lives of four babies from various parts of the world through their first year of life. Check out the trailer below to get a better idea before reading the rest of the post.

Check out the Trailer for Babies

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The beginning of the film shows the four mothers right before birth, immediately showcasing the differing methods to this shared miracle. In Opuwo, Namibia we watch Ponijao’s mother spread a red mix of sand and animal fat over her belly in preparation for her birth. Next, we are in the hospital room with Hattie in San Fransisco examining the abundance of wires and tubes connected to her tiny body to monitor each vital element. Right away, we realize this will be a learning experience for everyone and as the film develops we are surprised to find it actually becomes much more.

Unlike any other film on our list of Truly Moving Picture Award Winners, Babies carries no dialogue. We are invited to examine the worlds of these children in a very beautiful way – observation. Although we hear the parents speak to the children, there are no subtitles and even when we are listening to the voice of the mother in San Fransisco, we barely hear what she says. The entire perception of the film comes from observation. We are not forced into thinking a certain way. We simply watch how these children grow and develop throughout their first year of life bringing to light many different feelings and reactions.

In Bayanchandmani, Mongolia we witness baby Bayer nearly get trampled by a cow. Although many of jury members’ immediate reactions were fear, we soon realize that this is how this child, as well as many others in the world, live day-to-day. The same reaction comes when we watch little Ponija share kisses with a dog and pick up a bone off the ground and put it in his mouth. Next, we witness Hattie’s father use a lent roller to clean her outfit. These simple observations not only remind us of our differences but also suggest that sometimes there may not be a right way to raise a child for each of these cultures has survived for many, many years.

Although the film brilliantly displays these obvious differences, it also somehow correlates many things at the same time. The children experience the same levels of curiosity and discovery of the world around them, their bodies, their limitations. Around the same time, they begin to crawl – one learns by chasing a toy and the other chasing a dirty, empty jar that was previously used to store the insides of a goat. All the while, the children grow and learn with the same determination. It’s a beautiful representation that although we are all so different, we are in many ways very much alike.

This message alone defines the reason this film was given the Truly Moving Picture Award. The film takes us on a journey through life and shows that despite our differences in race, skin color, background, parenting approaches, clothing, language (the list goes on..) we are all human beings and we all have that in common. It’s a beautiful reminder of our existence, how we actually relate to others, making the world seem much smaller. It’s very possible that you will gain a stronger appreciation and familiarity with other cultures being involved with such important moments in these children’s lives. What’s truly amazing is that we gain all this from a simple, slow and truthful observation.

In addition to the powerful messages in this film, the cinematography is exceptionally beautiful especially for a “documentary-like” film.

See it for yourself! Babies opens nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th. Support this incredible film and celebrate Mother’s Day!

Congratulations to our Truly Moving Picture Oscar Winners!

We are proud to announce that four of our Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films from 2009 received much-deserved Oscars this year! Sandra Bullock received her first Oscar of all time for her role in The Blind Side which prompted a fantastic and emotional speech (our favorite of the night). No surprise to us, Mo’Nique won for her amazing, supporting role in Precious. If you haven’t seen Precious , it comes to DVD today so get your hands on a copy. Although we love the whole film of course, Mo’Nique’s role is phenomenal. Precious also received the award for best adapted screenplay.

Up won for Best Original Score as well as Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. If you haven’t seen Up (shame on you!) bring some tissues. You may not believe that an animated film can bring tears to your eyes, but Up will prove you wrong!

Last but in no way least, The Cove won Best Documentary Feature. This amazing film brings to light the dolphin slaughtering practices in Japan. Another tough film, but definitely worth watching, this film is currently on DVD so check it out!

We are proud of all of our Truly Moving Picture Oscar winners as well as the large list of nominations (because that is an incredible honor too!) Check out the list of nominations for the 2010 Oscars.

Here’s a re-cap with details!

Precious
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo’Nique
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Geoffrey Fletcher

Up
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Michael Giacchino
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Pete Docter

The Blind Side
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock

The Cove
Best Documentary, Features

How to Train Your Dragon | A Review from the Truly Moving Picture Jury

How to Train Your Dragon ranks with the best features that Dreamworks has produced. Not since Shrek has there been such a wonderful collision of fantasy, wonderment, excitement, and humor.

The setting is fun and somewhat unique; Vikings populate a barren island, their only enemies being the dragons that occasionally attack to steal their sheep and destroy their homes.

In the midst of the excitement a young boy must come to terms with not being a typical Viking. He is small and puny, and not the great warrior that his dad had hoped he would be. He has other talents, though, that he explores as the film progresses. Along the way he discovers that not everything is as it seems, and even dragons mustn’t be judged by their fiery covers.

The film looks fantastic, with wonderful settings and vivid characters. The dragons are alternately fearsome and adorable, depending on the mood. The relationships among the Vikings are generally honest and convincing.

How to Train Your Dragon
is also quite hilarious, with abundant sight gags and humor both adult and childish. As a whole, the film succeeds admirably and is well worth enjoying with the entire family.”

-Tim, a Heartland Truly Moving Picture Jury Member

Discovering the Art of the Scene with Amin Matalqa

Last week we hosted another insightful Heartland Film Institute seminar with special guest and host, Amin Matalqa director and writer of 2008 Festival Grand Prize Winner and Truly Moving Picture Award Winner, Captain Abu Raed.

As students from various high schools and colleges, educators and fans of the film filled the room, guests began to mingle and enjoy their complimentary hot coffee, tea and oatmeal. You could instantly sense excitement for what was to be an educational and heart-felt presentation.

As everyone took their seats, the seminar began with a brief introduction of Amin and his relationship with Heartland. Amin then proudly took the stage and began by showcasing some of his original work. He showed two shorts one entitled Affliction Day, a fun film about a guy who tries to escape a Michael Bolton song that follows him wherever he goes. The second short, Awakening (My First) was about an ordinary man who has a very unordinary day, a very deep and thought provoking display. He used these films to express to young filmmakers the importance of allowing creative freedom and to have fun while gaining practice and experience creating films, even if it’s just on your own with no budget.

He then began to share his experience writing and directing his first and only feature film (so far!), Captain Abu Raed. Filmed in Jordan in only 23 days, the film’s inspiration came from a mix of things – growing up Jordan, encouragement from others to create a film that showcased Jordan while addressing universal issues and the passing of Amin’s grandfather whose personality he believed was much like that of Captain Abu Raed. Amin shared that the original script had no conflict, but as it developed, familiar social issues were added such as child abuse and poverty. Amin first showed the trailer, told a little about what the film was about and how Heartland played a role in reimbursing Amin for the film’s expenses (we’re so glad we could help!).

Amin’s intention through his seminar was to show aspiring filmmakers as well as general audience members that there is more to a scene than the written word. Using scenes from the film, he read through the original script before showing the scene to the audience. In great detail, he worked to show the evolution from script to screen and what was special about how each was shot according to the emotion he wanted to portray. Depending on the scene, he expressed the importance of empty space to convey awkwardness and loneliness, the use of a hand-held camera to make a scene more realistic and the emotional benefits of having very little dialogue.

Throughout the seminar, Amin encouraged the audience to share different ways they might shoot the scenes and what changes they would make. Questions were addressed throughout the seminar, allowing the audience to engage with him and learn more about his experience and thoughts on film. He closed by sharing words of advice for aspiring filmmakers.

Once the seminar was over, Amin had lunch with many of the guests and answered other questions they had about his journey. It was wonderful to see creative minds come alive in the room as they talked through filmmaking with Amin. It was obvious that everyone wanted to get as much advice and insight from him as they could before he left to go back home to Los Angeles.

The greatest surprise to the Heartland team was the amount of high school students in attendance. When we began contacting high schools around the area earlier in the year, we learned how much the current economy was hindering schools’ budgets and resources, thus preventing many schools from participating in outside events. We were astonished to learn during the seminar that almost 100 of the about 150 people were actually high school students. We are so grateful to the schools and educators who provided this day for these students.

The seminar was another great success and we are so thankful that we could have Amin with us and share so much with this audience. Stay tuned for some video taken from the seminar including an exclusive interview with Amin! Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the next Heartland Film Institute on April 15!

Gearing Up for the Oscars!

We are so thrilled and excited for the Academy Awards on March 7. This year we have a huge list of Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films in the list of nominations.

Six of our 2009 Truly Moving Picture Awards received nominations –  Precious (6 nominations), Up (5 nominations), The Blind Side (2 nominations), Invictus (2 nominations), Bright Star (1 nomination) and The Cove (1 nomination). In addition to our Truly Moving Pictures,  one film from the 2009 Heartland Film Festival was nominated – Kavi which was also our Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award winner!

Here’s the list of films and nominations. Be sure to tune in on March 7 to cheer on all these Truly Moving Pictures!

Precious
Best Motion Picture of the Year: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo’Nique
Best Achievement in Directing: Lee Daniels
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Geoffrey Fletcher
Best Achievement in Editing: Joe Klotz

Up
Best Motion Picture of the Year: Jonas Rivera
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Michael Giacchino
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Michael Silvers, Tom Myers
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Pete Docter

The Blind Side
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock

Invictus
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Morgan Freeman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Matt Damon

Bright Star
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Janet Patterson

The Cove
Best Documentary, Features

Kavi
Best Short Film, Live Action: Gregg Helvey

A Shine of Rainbows – in Theaters March 26

Tomas is a young boy that is bullied and unhappy at an orphanage. He is suddenly and mysteriously adopted by a childless couple, who live simply and modestly on a very remote Irish island. The mother, although in ill health, is a woman of astounding positive energy and beauty and sets herself to healing the mental and physical scars of the boy’s unfortunate upbringing. The father meanwhile loves his wife dearly, but is far less excited by the recovering, damaged boy.

A Shine of Rainbows

Intertwined with this awkward triangle relationship is light fantasy and legend and mystery of the gorgeous Irish coast. The Irish coast is so beautifully rendered that it is like a fourth character.

There is suddenly a great change in circumstances and two parts of the triangle have to come to terms with this tragedy. It takes courage and resolve and change and love. The three actors of the triangle are vivid and hold your attention and each ultimately moves you emotionally in three different ways.

-Bob, Heartland Truly Moving Picture Jury Member

Join us for an Advanced Screening of The Boys are Back

Inspired by a true story, The Boys are Back is a deeply moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood that intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter (Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner CLIVE OWEN) who, in the wake of his wife’s tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood.

With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: “just say yes.”

United by unspoken love, conflicted by fierce feelings and in search of a road forward, the three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Their story is not just about the transforming power of a family crisis — but the unavoidable grace of everyday life and love that gets them through.

Screenings are available nationwide with limited seating. Fill out the reservation form to request your seat(s), and we’ll let you know if we were able to save you one!

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Award Winner MY SISTER’S KEEPER in Theaters Friday!

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures proudly presents the Truly Moving Picture Award to New Line Cinema’s My Sister’s Keeper, the adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s best-selling novel.  

Starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack, this touching story of family ties and unbreakable bonds is a both a tear-jearker and a though-provoking meditation on unconditional love.

Nick Cassavetes, director of The Notebook, paints in beautiful strokes the story of a family struggling with one terminally ill child and another born solely to provide salvation for the other. Sara and Brian Fitzgerald’s life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents’ only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate’s life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna. Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Anna (Abigail Breslin) share a bond closer than most sisters: though Kate is older, she relies on her little sister—in fact, her life depends on Anna.

The film reveals surprising truths that challenge one’s perceptions of family love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.  It’s now in theaters, so find tickets at a theater in your area.

In Theaters Friday March 6 – PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND

Truly Moving Picture Award winner Phoebe in Wonderland opens in select cities Friday, March 6.  Starring Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman, Patricia Clarkson and the talented young Elle Fanning as Phoebe, the movie was the Closing Night selection at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival.  Writer/director Daniel Barnz visited Indianapolis for the occasion.  Watch his Q&A below, then visit the official site for the trailer and tickets/showtimes!

Press Release: Heartland Adds Two Films to List

Overture Film’s Last Chance Harvey and Twentieth Century Fox’s Marley & Me are the latest films to receive the prestigious Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award from Heartland Truly Moving PicturesTM, announced today by the organization’s President and CEO Jeffrey L. Sparks. From director/writer Joel Hopkins, Last Chance Harvey released in select theaters on December 25 and garnered Golden Globe nominations for both Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. In Marley & Me, a lovable yellow lab who may just be the worst dog in the world manages to bring out the best in the Grogan family.
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NPR Puts TMPs on their “Movies Worth Another Look” List for 2008

This time of year is a movie-lover’s dream.  The studios trot out the best of the best so that heavy hitters like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Revolutionary Road are fresh on Academy voter’s minds.  

But what about the first half of 2008?  What about all those great movies that came out in January, February and March?  National Public Radio movie critic Bob Mondello has taken the time to recommend a handful of movies from these forgotten months.

Under The Same MoonSeveral worthy movies make the cut, but most notably are the inclusion of two Fox Searchlight releases recognized as Truly Moving Picture Award winners.  Young @ Heart, the story of a senior-citizen’s choir that performs the likes of Coldplay and Sonic Youth, and Under The Same Moon (pictured), about a young Mexican boy who manages to cross the border in search of his mother in southern California, are both small films that aren’t getting quite as much play in the press these days as they may deserve.

Also on the list is the character portrait The Visitor, recognized by Heartland as a movie that will give you something to think about as well.

Both are available on DVD, so you can add them to a Netflix queue with just a few clicks of the mouse.  Too much work for you?  Leave a comment here and we’ll select one lucky moviefan to get a copy of each on DVD!

Read the NPR article

Related:  An interview with Under the Same Moon writer/director Patricia Riggen.  Listen  |  Read

Golden Globes – WALL*E Wins Best Animated Feature

Wall*EAlready making countless top 1o lists, and even being heralded as the best film of 2008 by some critics, Truly Moving Picture Award winner Wall*E added yet another accolade to the list as it picked up the Best Animated Feature award at the ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday night.

Congratulations to the Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar release.  If you haven’t seen this charming, futuristic fairy tale, it’s now available on Disney DVD and Blu-Ray.  In fact, we’ve got a copy for one lucky winner who leaves a comment below!

See the complete list of Golden Globe winner.

Related:  Get the Wall*E Discussion Guide

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Holiday Award Winner – MARLEY & ME

Marley & MeIt was a resounding hit over the holiday weekend, and it’s not too late to catch the latest Truly Moving Picture Award winner to hit theaters, Twentieth Century Fox’s Marley & Me.

Based on the best-selling novel by John Grogan, Marley just may be the world’s worst dog.  But over the years he spends with John, his wife Jenny and the kids who come along the way, Marley turns into more than just a family dog.  He’s a friend, companion and member of the household who brings out the best in them.

The movie speaks to the heart in a voice both tender and hilarious. It brings into sharp focus the loyalty, commitment and grace required to make any lasting relationship possible through the best of times and, as is inevitable, the difficult times, too.

Watch the trailer below, then visit the official movie site and find showtimes near you!

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THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS – Expands Friday, November 14

bruno-on-swingAfter an impressive per-screen showing on its first weekend of limited release (the film did nearly $15,000 per screen to Madagascar 2′s $15,500), Miramax Films’ The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (starring Asa Butterfield as Bruno, left) expands across the country this weekend.

Get a complete list of cities, and find a theater near you to see this great film.  Seeing it on opening weekend sends a direct message to the studios that you want to see more films like this on the box office landscape–films of substance, films than linger, films that have the potential to change the world.
After you’ve seen the film, download the FILM Project’s Discussion Guide (find it here) to help stimulate conversations that will surely follow after this moving film.

THIS JUST IN!

Miramax Films has put together a five-pack of Truly Moving Picture Award winners on DVD and we’re giving it away!  Submit here to win the group of DVDs, including Becoming Jane, Tsotsi, The Queen, Finding Neverland and, upon its release, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas!

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – In Theaters Today

After its North American premiere at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival, Miramax Films’ The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes to theaters today.  The movie is getting great reviews, and critics and advance audiences agree that this is a film you must see.  A few choice words:

This beautifully rendered family film is told in a classic and old-fashioned style, in the best sense, providing poignant and powerful teachable moments. -Claudia Puig, USA Today (3 1/2 stars)

…the power of the story and the performances — young Butterfield amazes — is indisputable. -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (3 stars)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way. It is about a value system that survives like a virus. -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times (3 1/2 stars)

I want as many people to see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as humanly possible. -Rex Reed, The New York Observer

 

Asa Butterfield and Vera Farmiga star in "Boy"

Asa Butterfield and Vera Farmiga star in

The movie is playing now in select cities, and opens wider on November 14.  For a complete list of cities and several resources on sharing the film with groups and everyone you know, visit the In Theaters page at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures online.

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has also been chosen as a part of the FILM Project–to learn more about using the free, downloadable curriculum with your youth group, visit FILM online.

Have you seen the film?  Let us know what you thought of it in the comments section below!  Leave a note by Monday, November 10, and you may be chosen to receive a special movie tie-in edition of the book.

HTMP Interview: Mark Pellington, Director

To talk to Mark Pellington, director of Truly Moving Picture Award winner Henry Poole Is Here, about movies is to talk to him about music and family and deep personal connections and the universal human condition. His long (and varied) resume includes a career-launching music video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and the 2002 Richard Gere thriller The Mothman Prophecies.

But after his wife’s unexpected passing in 2004, Pellington worked through his grief and came out the other side with a conscious decision to make the kind of art that ultimately makes this unpredictable journey each of us is on ever slightly more bearable.

“It knocked me out in a way I could never have imagined,” he recalled of that time over the phone recently. “Art and creating were a great outlet…a great place to put these feelings. It obviously affects you as an artist and a filmmaker, as to what it is you want to make and what you’re drawn to.”

His renewed perspective gave him the guts to partner with first-time screenwriter Albert Torres on an obscure, unknown story then simply called Stain, a move he admits was a giant leap of faith.

“When I committed to try and make [the movie]…you just hope and pray that financiers, actors, all the machinations of the movie business kind of work in your favor,” he said.

The leap was made easier by the undeniable connection Pellington had to the story and characters. Henry Poole is Here centers around a man just given a terminal diagnosis and his instinctive response to retreat from life as he knows it. His determination to seclude himself from the world is challenged when a well-meaning neighbor sees something divine in a water stain on the side of his house. As all the evidence around him points to hope and the good in the world, Poole finds it harder and harder to hold on to his cynical frame of mind.

“At the end of the day, I needed a place to put feelings and this script had humor and hand a character’s journey that I could relate to,” he shared. “I related to…Henry’s journey home to repair some cracks and fissures in his spirit…and I think we all are trying to heal in one way, shape or form.”

The way he tells it, all of Hollywood’s machinations did end up working in his favor, from signing Luke Wilson to the title role (“I could just feel it in my bones that he had the human connection to Henry”) to filling each moment with the perfect soundtrack (“Each song had it’s own story of how it ended up in the film”).

The final product is a decidedly different type of movie that lives in a realm far removed from any other summer popcorn blockbuster. It will make you laugh and think, and if he’s done his job well, it will make you look at life from a slightly shifted perspective.

On Episode 20 of the Heartland Truly Moving Podcast, the complete interview with Mark Pellington. Coming soon! Learn more about Henry Poole is Here, or watch the trailer now:

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Latest Award Winner – HENRY POOLE IS HERE

Heartland proudly announces the latest film to be designated as a Truly Moving Picture Award winner. Henry Poole Is Here, starring Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza and George Lopez, is in theaters August 15. When doctors give Henry Poole just months to live, he leaves a successful living and secludes himself in a house in the neighborhood where he grew up. His plans to live out his final days dejected and alone are interrupted, however, when a well-meaning but meddlesome neighbor sees a “devine” image in a water stain on the side of Henry’s house.

Where Poole shines is in the grace with which it handles what could easily be a touchy, off-putting subject. Nightly newscasters in towns across the country have covered something similar—a potato chip, a fallen tree, a dent in a car door that all look like the face of Jesus—and both cynics and believers come out to gawk. Henry himself is the film’s biggest cynic, damaged and confused in terms anyone with a history might recognize. It’s the measured pace at which he comes to accept the changes taking shape around him that set the perfect tone for this gem of a film.

His neighbor to the other side, Dawn, is perhaps the fulcrum on the see-saw of two extremes between a disillusioned Henry and the confidently faithful Esperanza. Her daughter is almost as emotionally damaged as Henry, and Dawn finds herself stuck somewhere between his skepticism and Esperanza’s piety, willing to try anything that might heal her little girl. The film’s most poignant moments come when Dawn finds the girl standing awe-struck by the stain.

Never once does Poole attempt to tell you what it is on this wall that affects people so significantly. There is no iron fist insisting on resolution; rather, a gentle hand makes it easy to see the film through the same glasses you were wearing when you came in. In the true fashion of well-made art, however, the film quietly reminds devout and cynic alike that it is the intangibles in life—hope, love, a human connection—that keep us waking up every morning to face another day.

Check out the trailer below, then learn more about the movie or visit the official MySpace page.

Now on DVD – PENELOPE

The first Truly Moving Picture Award winner of 2008, Penelope is the modern-day fairy tale of a young woman in the curious position of being cursed with a pig’s snout.  Christina Ricci plays Penelope, whose parents have kept her behind lock and key while they look for a well-to-do suitor who will help break the spell.  Enter the charming James McAvoy as Max, the slightly-sketchy heir to a fortune might or might not be what he says he is.

Check out the trailer to this must-own new movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq6Lq5p9Fck

We’ve also created a brief discussion guide that plays on the movie’s themes of self-image and finding one’s own path in life.  Grab the pdf from Heartland, then sit down with your family, your book club or just the friends you invited over for movie night and start discussing!

If you caught this one in the theaters, leave a comment and we’ll pick someone to receive the DVD courtesy of Heartland and Summit Entertainment.  Heck, even if you haven’t seen it, leave a comment about how much you’re dying to and you could win it too!

Buy PENELOPE now

Video: Journey to the Center of the Earth

As promised, here’s the video from this week’s screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth, with an interview with actor Josh Hutcherson and a few impromptu reviews by audience members for good measure. They all loved it, and you will, too!

In theaters July 11 – JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Summer is the season of big movie releases, but this month’s best-kept secret is one good-time adventure you don’t want to miss. Journey to the Center of the Earth might not be grabbing all the headlines (yet!), but we here at Heartland can say with confidence that you don’t want to miss this rollercoaster of a ride. It’s so exciting, Warner Bros. Pictures is even releasing it in Real D 3D cinema in select theaters!

The movie sets three explorers (Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem) on an adventure of a lifetime when they go looking for one scientist who sought out the center of the Earth and never returned. Traveling through never-before-seen worlds, the trio comes face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures—including man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glow birds and terrifying dinosaurs from days past. The adventurers soon realize that as volcanic activity increases around them, they must find a way back to the Earth’s surface before it is too late.

One family happy to get in on the advanced screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth

One family happy to get in on the advanced screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth

Heartland hosted an advanced screening in Indianapolis earlier this week, and over 600 people left the theater with grins and great reviews after checking out the movie for themselves. Actor Josh Hutcherson even surprised the crowd with a late appearance at the theater, signing autographs and posing for pictures with some of his biggest fans (read more about the evening).

Coming soon: the first Heartland videocast, featuring an interview with Hutcherson and a few of the thumbs-up reviews for this newest Truly Moving Picture Award winner. Stay tuned!

Award Winner WALL*E Opens Today!

Heartland proudly announced the latest Truly Moving Picture Award winner to come to theaters. WALL*E is the newest Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar production, about a lone robot left behind on an uninhabitable Earth. Over 700 years, this garbage-processing machine develops one unexpected flaw–a personality!

The movie is a true Pixar triumph, stunning in detail and heartwarming in story. When EVE, a probe looking for signs of life on Earth, Wall*E can’t help but fall hopelessly for the sleek machine.  He spends every moment trying to impress her.  When she’s completed her directive, Wall*E sets aside his own duties to look after her.

In a wild series of adventures, Wall*E finds himself on the space station where Earth’s population now lives and in the middle of a fight between man and machine. Can he help EVE and the captain convince the computer to send the ship home? Can he convince EVE to look past his dirty, worn exterior to the witty robot inside?

Even with its sparse dialogue, kids and their parents alike will be captivated by this charming robot and his knack for getting in and out of sticky situations. Pixar’s signature attention to detail and subtle storytelling mean there are elements for young and old–kids will appreciate the goofy antics of the robots and their human counterparts, while parents will recognize certain relevant messages on the state of our collective consciousness today.

Learn more about the movie, then be sure to vote with your movie ticket this weekend. Check out the movie and send a message to Hollywood that audiences demand these Truly Moving Pictures!

THE BUCKET LIST – Discussion Guide

Here at Heartland, we know movies are about more than just the two hours in front of the screen. Movies are about moments, about the ways the story gets to you and stays with you long after the credits roll.

To that end, we’ve started creating Discussion Guides for you to use with your family, your book club, your church group or anybody else. These short guides spur discussion through thought-provoking questions, simultaneously offering unique suggestions on getting involved in your community in ways that bring out the various themes in each movie.

Our latest guide is a companion to THE BUCKET LIST, newly available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray. Click over to Heartland and download the five-page guide. Once you’ve tried it out, leave a comment below or send us an email about how you used the guide for yourself.

Now on DVD – THE BUCKET LIST

One of the last Truly Moving Picture Award winners of 2007, THE BUCKET LIST is available today on DVD and Blu-Ray disc!

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two men who couldn’t be more different. One a jet-setting billionaire, the other a mechanic with a penchant for reading, the two become unlikely friends when similar cancer diagnoses land them in the same hospital room. Aware that their days are numbered, the new friends set out on a quest to do all those things they’ve always meant to do before they “kick the bucket.”

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We’ve got copies of THE BUCKET LIST on DVD and we want you to have one! Leave a comment below (by noon EST on Thursday) and we’ll nab a random reader or two (or more!) to get their very own copy of this Award winner. Good luck!

If you’ve just gotta have your copy now, be sure to check out the back of the case and look for the Truly Moving Picture Award logo, the label that proves this movie is one you won’t be disappointed in.

Coming soon – a viewer’s guide to help you experience THE BUCKET LIST beyond the screen. Stay tuned!

Latest Award Winner! Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

In exactly one month, the latest Truly Moving Picture Award winner hits theaters. It’s Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin as the first American Girl to get her own feature film, and it opens nationwide on July 2.

Kit is a resourceful young girl determined to help her family when they land on tough times in the midst of the Great Depression. Julia Ormond, Chris O’Donnell, Jane Krakowski and Joan Cusack round-out the familiar cast.

Check out the trailer for this fun family flick–it’s perfect for girls, boys, moms and dads!

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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is also the latest FILM Project selection. The FILM Project is creating a one-of-a-kind cirriculum to pair with the movie and the book its based on. Learn more about FILM today!

Do you live in or near New York City, LA, Chicago, Dallas or Alpharetta, GA? Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is playing exclusive engagements in these cities on June 20–that’s a whole week before the movie hits theaters! Stay tuned for updates on how you can enter to win tickets to this exciting advanced screening–details coming soon!

Award Winner PRINCE CASPIAN opens Friday!

The latest movie to receive the Truly Moving Picture Award is headed to theaters on Friday, May 16, and this much-anticipated sequel is one not to miss!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian continues the saga of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie as they’re beckoned back to Narnia to help save a civilization on the brink of extinction. Check out the trailer:

Visit the official site to book your tickets now–we’re already hearing rumors that this one is selling out in some cities! Learn more about the Award here.

Prince Caspian is also part of the FILM Project, a youth-oriented service learning program that creates free, downloadable curriculum for use with book and the films adapted from them.

So get to the theater this weekend and check out this Award winner, then jump back here and tell us what you think!

UPDATE – Read the Press Release announcing the Award.