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“Saving Mr. Banks” Honored with Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award

Saving Mr. BanksTwo-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

“Our jury unanimously voted ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ a Truly Moving Picture Award winner,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “Jurors noted exceptional performances across the board, highlighted by Emma Thompson’s portrayal of P.L. Travers. Messages in the film were powerful, yet nuanced, and the story flowed well with the use of Travers’ flashbacks as a young child.”

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. Read more »

“Nebraska” Wins the Truly Moving Picture Award

NebraskaAfter receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

“Our Truly Moving Picture Award jury found ‘Nebraska’ to be authentic and honest,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “Bruce Dern’s performance as Woody made a strong connection with our jurors, who could all relate to the character’s struggles and relationship with his family. The quality of the film’s writing and cinematography were also praised, as they lent credibility and truthfulness to the overall experience.”

Disney’s “Frozen” a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner

Latest Walt Disney Animation Studios release honored for its ability to inspire, educate and engage audiences

Upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios release “Frozen” has been recognized by nonprofit Heartland Truly Moving Pictures with the Truly Moving Picture Award.

“The Truly Moving Picture Award jury found ‘Frozen’ to be an engaging and beautifully animated film with a great message,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “The film presents many genre clichés and turns them on their head as the story progresses. The updated notion that true love can be found within ourselves will resonate with audiences of all ages.”

From the studio behind 2010’s “Tangled” and last year’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” Walt Disney Animation Studios presents “Frozen,” the most daring comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” journeys into theaters Nov. 27, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. For more information, like “Frozen” on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozen and follow “Frozen” on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the Truly Moving Picture Awards: these films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the Truly Moving Picture Award 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.

“Delivery Man” Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Upcoming DreamWorks Pictures release “Delivery Man” has been recognized by nonprofit Heartland Truly Moving Pictures with the Truly Moving Picture Award.

“The Truly Moving Picture Award jury found ‘Delivery Man’ to be an enjoyably comedic film,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “With a gentle and warm heart at its core, the film discusses interesting themes in an offbeat and entertaining manner.”

“Delivery Man” is the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), whose mundane life gets twisted in a knot when he finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he’s hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twentysomethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well. See “Delivery Man” in theaters nationwide beginning Nov. 22.

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the Truly Moving Picture Award: these films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the Truly Moving Picture Award 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.

Vote Now: Six Heartland Award Winners Up for Gotham Awards

Independent Film Project (IFP) has partnered with Festival Genius to present the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards. IFP has compiled audience choice award-winning films from the top 50 U.S. and Canadian film festivals, giving you the opportunity to select the top five films of your choosing to move on to round two:

HURRY: Round 1 Voting Ends Tuesday, Dec. 5!

Vote for these Heartland Film Festival / Truly Moving Picture Award Winners to advance to round two:

Per IFP: “The five nominees will be chosen from your votes and will be invited to attend the Gotham Awards where the winner will be announced live. The second round of voting will begin on November 8, 2013, and will feature the top 5 films from round one. The winner of the Audience Award, powered by Festival Genius will be announced at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards on December 2, 2013.”

Good luck to all the Heartland Award Winners!

Indie Film Short Term 12 Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Director Destin Daniel Cretton is being honored once again by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. Last year Cretton’s film I Am Not a Hipster was chosen as an Official Selection in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival. His latest directorial effort, Short Term 12, is now being recognized as a Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) winner.

“The Truly Moving Picture Award jury appreciated the powerful story of Short Term 12 and the gritty realness in which the film was shot,” explains Heartland’s Artistic Director, Tim Irwin. “Key scenes really showcase the characters’ mentor/mentee relationships in unique, authentic ways, resonating well with the jury. The film ends with a realistic yet hopeful message that will remain with the viewer long after they see the film.”

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the TMPA: these 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.

Short Term 12 will be in theaters Friday, August 23. Visit ShortTerm12.com for information.

About “Short Term 12”
“Short Term 12″ is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).

But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield) – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility.

Grace comes to find – in both her work and the new teenager in her care – surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.

Watch Truly Moving Picture Award Winner The Intouchables on Netflix!

The Intouchables, a Truly Moving Picture Award winner, is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, this film is a bold, uplifting comedy-drama about trust and human possibility. Based on a true story of companionship between a handicap millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely friendship rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.

After a paragliding accident, Philippe (François Cluzet) becomes 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 (Omar Sy), 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.

42 Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital

Awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) earlier this year, Warner Bros. Pictures’/Legendary Pictures’ release 42, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey’s fight against injustice in the world of professional baseball, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital download.

Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama, starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”).

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University Graduates with Honors and Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Disney•Pixar has done it again. “Monsters University,” which hits theaters nationwide this Friday, June 21, has won Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA). The film’s predecessor, “Monsters, Inc.,” was also a recipient of the industry award.

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the TMPA: these 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.

“There are many valuable themes that our TMPA jury identified in ‘Monsters University,’” said Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The big takeaway for our jury was that there are consequences for one’s actions, but even if someone makes poor decisions they can still achieve their dreams through honesty, resilience and teamwork—that people (or monsters) can still be unique individuals while accomplishing great things as a team.”

Beyond the film’s story and themes, TMPA jurors recognized “Monsters University” for its outstanding animation, cinematography, humor and pathos.

About “Monsters University”
Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). Check out disney.com/MonstersU, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. Rated G by the MPAA, the film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

Notes:

  • “Monsters, Inc.,” originally released on November 2, 2001, was nominated for four Oscars®: Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Song—“If I Didn’t Have You,” for which it won.
  • “Monsters University” will hit U.S. theaters nearly 12 years after the original “Monsters, Inc.” theatrical debut.
  • Billy Crystal is known worldwide for his film roles in “When Harry Met Sally…,” “City Slickers,” “The Princess Bride” and “Analyze This”; his 2005 Tony®-winning Broadway show, “700 Sundays”; as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”; and as the nine-time host of the Academy Awards® ceremonies.
  • John Goodman’s current film projects include “The Internship” and “The Hangover Part III.” Recent projects include Ben Affleck’s drama “Argo,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival; the Robert Zemeckis thriller “Flight,” which premiered as the closing-night film at the New York Film Festival; and Clint Eastwood’s sports drama “Trouble with the Curve.”
  • Helen Mirren won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and BAFTA Award for best actress. She was also named best actress by a multitude of critic’s organizations from Los Angeles to London.
  • Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Randy Newman contributes his unique musical talents to his seventh Disney•Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar® nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.

Chasing Ice Now Available on Netflix!

Chasing Ice, a 2012 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, this film tells the story of National Geographic photographer, James Balog’s mission to gather unquestionable evidence of climate change in the Arctic.

Despite being brought up with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. However, the first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Within the first few months in Iceland, Balog and a band of young adventurers begin the dangerous challenge of installing time-lapse cameras that compress years of video footage into minutes. The hauntingly beautiful footage demonstrates the disappearance of some of the earth’s oldest glaciers at a breathtaking rate.

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, Les Misérables and Lincoln on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital!

Three Truly Moving Picture Award winners are being released on DVD, Blu-ray and HD Digital: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases March 19, Les Misérables (the No. 2 TMPA of 2012) releases March 22, while Lincoln (the No. 1 TMPA of 2012) releases March 26.


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.



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – New Line Cinema/Legendary Pictures
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.


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.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner

The Reluctant FundamentalistIFC Films’ The Reluctant Fundamentalist awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.


The Truly Moving Picture Award jury selected the film based on its thought-provoking storyline and rich character development. Other elements, including the film’s soundtrack and the performance of lead actor Riz Ahmed, were strong deciding factors. The inspiring message that violence is not the answer, and that one does not have to blindly choose a side, resonated greatly with the jury.

The film opens wide April 26 and will be available On Demand April 30.

Learn more about the film at IFC Films’ official website.

Seven Oscars® for Four Films Honored by Heartland

Four films honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in 2012 won a grand total of seven Oscars® at the 2013 Academy Awards®!

Inocente” (2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner)

  • Documentary Short – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Lincoln (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Production Design – Eve Stewart (Production Design), Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)

Les Misérables (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
  • Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Brave (Truly Moving Picture Award winner)

  • Animated Feature Film – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Congratulations to these inspiring, educating and engaging films!

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.

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.

Wreck-It Ralph is a Truly Moving Picture!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes Wreck-It Ralph, a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), 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.

On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?

One word the Truly Moving Picture Award jury kept using at this screening was “creative.” The way Ralph’s video game world was actualized was an impressive achievement with plenty of warmth. For many members, certain elements of the film brought back memories of The Wizard of Oz and Toy Story. Even though this isn’t a film our jury thought would be intended for adults, at the end Ralph won them over thanks to its sweet story about learning how to be okay with who you are.

Spielberg’s Lincoln Wins the Truly Moving Picture Award!

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, 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.

During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.

Our jury was completely floored by Lincoln. They loved how real it felt and how human the movie portrayed Abraham Lincoln, especially the way he told stories to his colleagues. The technical achievements to the accuracy to the time “brought the era to life.” One jury member said Lincoln was a “powerful story of courage and determination.” This is easily one of the most beloved movies the Truly Moving Pictures Award jury has seen in 2012.

  • View the Lincoln Truly Moving Picture Award page
  • Check out the official Lincoln website
  • See Lincoln in theaters – Nov. 9 limited release, Nov. 16 wide release

New Film Series Brings Classic TMPA-winning Hollywood Musicals to the Palladium

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative are partnering for a new film series launching the weekend of Nov. 15-17. The Great American Songbook Movie Series, presented by Printing Partners, will bring classic Truly Moving Picture Award-winning movies to the big screen once again within the main hall of the Palladium. The partnership will kick-off with screenings of “White Christmas,” “The Sound of Music,” “An American in Paris” and an audience sing-a-long of “The Wizard of Oz.”

In addition to movies, select screenings will include guest speakers, plus opportunities to explore music and memorabilia from the Initiative’s archives and upcoming gallery exhibits. The pre- and post-movie events will demonstrate the ties between classic movies and the American songbook.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to screen classic movies that showcase the Great American Songbook,” said Karen Kelsey, director of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative. “It is a great honor to partner with Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. Each film in this collection has received Heartland’s prestigious Truly Moving Picture Award. This is a fabulous new opportunity to foster our community’s love affair with American standards showcased in classic films.”

Greg Sorvig, director of marketing and communications for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, is an avid listener of American standards. “After my first visit to the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Archive and Gallery I had big ideas for a film series tie-in. Luckily, the stars aligned, and when I contacted the folks at the Initiative they were seeking a partner for a similar opportunity. Being able to show Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films within the Palladium concert hall will be a dream come true for all of us. People are going to love watching these classic films in this amazing venue.”

Single tickets for The Great American Songbook Movie Series, presented by Printing Partners, are $7.50 and are available for purchase online at www.TheCenterPresents.org, in person at the Palladium box office or call the Center’s box office at 317-843-3800. All seats are general admission.

The kick-off weekend will include:*

  • Thursday, Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.): White Christmas (1954) – Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 (2 p.m.): The Sound of Music (1965) – Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.): An American in Paris (1951) – Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 (10:30 a.m.): The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Starring Judy Garland, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton and Ray Bolger. Guests will be welcome to sing-a-long.

The film series will continue with Friday screenings featuring:*

  • Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.): The Music Man (1962) – Starring Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard, Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.
  • Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.): Mary Poppins (1964) – Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.
  • Jan. 11 (7:30 p.m.): Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) – Songs by Irving Berlin.
  • Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.): Kiss Me Kate (1953) – Starring Ann Miller and Howard Keel.
  • Mar. 29 (7:30 p.m.): Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse.

*Film titles are subject to change based on availability through the distributor.

Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative is an archive, museum and education center at the Center for the Performing Arts, in Carmel City Center. The performing arts campus includes the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, the Tarkington 500-seat proscenium theater and the 200-seat Studio Theater. The Center is a permanent fixture on the Central Indiana landscape and will provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a non-profit arts organization, inspires filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening inspiring independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $140,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.4 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers.

Printing Partners’ mission is to combine technological innovation with traditional craftsmanship to produce effective marketing communications. And while we embrace technology, we recognize that our greatest asset is our people, who are your partners in this process. For its entire existence Printing Partners has been a tireless supporter of the arts. Since 2004 it has awarded Partners Grants to not-for-profit groups to provide in-kind support for marketing or development projects. This year more than $250,000 in grants and sponsorships have been awarded to central Indiana arts and service organizations.

Printing Partners is one of central Indiana’s leading commercial printers with both offset and digital capabilities. It offers direct marketing solutions that integrate mail, Internet and email. Printing Partners is a tireless supporter of the arts and in 2011 it was recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of the top ten companies in the United States for its arts support. For more information visit www.printingpartners.net.

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 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.

Chimpanzee is a new Truly Moving Picture Award winner!

We are excited to announce that the upcoming documentary Chimpanzee is the latest film to become a Truly Moving Picture Award winner. Tim Allen narrates the gorgeous adventure of a baby chimpanzee named Oscar and how he grew up in the dangerous world of the jungle. The movie is able to capture some of the most authentic moments of Oscar’s life like how he started to explore and struggled to break open those delicious nuts.

What our jury really responded to was the emotional connections between the chimpanzees in the tribe. When it seemed that Oscar would be lost and alone, there was a shocking turn of events that even surprised the experts. Everyone in the jury was awed by the natural beauty of the film from the cute little chimps to the glorious massive waterfalls. Chimpanzee is a film that was able to depict a new sort of family while giving an educational insight to a fascinating creature’s lifestyle that will inspire all ages through its wondrous images. Catch the film when it hits theaters on April 20!

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!

Puss in Boots is a TMPA winner!

We’re excited to announce Puss in Boots as our most recent TMPA winner! This beautifully animated adventure film comes to us courtesy of Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures, who last year brought us How To Train Your Dragon.

Puss in Boots tells the story of Puss, an adventurous rogue who is currently an outlaw. Only by embarking on a perilous journey with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws can he hope to clear his name, and right the wrong that landed him in trouble with the law.

Our TMPA jury loved the film, laughing the entire time as they marveled at the technical wizardry capable of putting beautiful landscapes on the screen, particularly with 3D that enhanced rather than detracted from the experience. And while they were entertained by the story and characters, they felt that the story of reconciliation, second chances and the redemption of a troubled friendship was strong enough to meet the standards of the Award, particularly for the audiences that will enjoy the film. For those reasons, we are delighted to add Puss in Boots to our list of TMPA winners!

We recently chatted with the director of the film, Chris Miller. Click here to listen to the full interview!

Warrior recieves the TMPA!

Warrior, from Lionsgate, is set to be released on September 9, and we’re excited to announce it as our newest Truly Moving Picture Award winner! The film stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison and Noah Emmerich in a story about two disparate brothers who end up painfully reuniting in the violent world of MMA.

Our Truly Moving Picture Award jury was thoroughly impressed with the film, as it explores difficult issues like broken families in a thoughtful and meaningful manner. The acting and set design reeled them in and engaged them with the story. The tale of destroyed relationships slowly being rebuilt, while set against the violent backdrop of mixed martial arts, was ultimately redemptive and powerful. Simultaneously, the violence was never glorified or titillating, and was instead appropriate for the story while remaining brutal. This TMPA winner is much more than another retread through a violent sport, and is a powerful and engaging human story told on a basic, familial level.  We are very excited to announce Warrior as worthy of the Truly Moving Picture Award!

Sarah’s Key Expands Tomorrow!

The Truly Moving Picture Award-winning film Sarah’s Key is expanding to more cities on Friday, August 5! The film has made a splash in its limited release over the course of the past two weeks, and will be going to San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Stay tuned for more cities on August 12, including Indianapolis!

Read more about Sarah’s Key and hear the TMPA jury’s thoughts on why the film received the Truly Moving Picture Award.

TMPA winners coming to DVD/Blu-ray in August

Three of this year’s Truly Moving Picture Award winners are coming to DVD and Blu-ray this month! Jane Eyre was released by Focus Features back in March, and now this evocative and atmospheric adaptation of the classic literary tale is hitting stores on DVD and Blu-ray on August 16! Pre-order it on DVD or Blu-ray today!

Another TMPA winner, which was released on April 15 by Roadside Attractions, is The Conspirator. This historical drama focusing on the trial of Mary Surratt, accused co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, will also hit store shelves on August 16. Pre-order it on DVD or Blu-ray now!

The Music Never Stopped, which released in March through Roadside Attractions, will be available on August 2. The music-focused drama about the relationship between a father and his son will be available on DVD!

Sarah’s Key Expands this Friday!

After a great opening week in NYC & LA, Sarah’s Key will expand to more cities nationwide this Friday. The film is scheduled to open in the following cities:

Batimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and West Palm. We hope to announce more cities in the coming weeks!

Read more about Sarah’s Key and hear the TMPA jury’s thoughts on why the film received the Truly Moving Picture Award.

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!

Sarah’s Key wins the Truly Moving Picture Award!

We’re excited to announce Sarah’s Key as our most recent TMPA winner! The film, released by The Weinstein Company, is currently playing in select cities and will expand in the coming weeks.

The movie tells two stories, the first being the story of a journalist, Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) researching for an article about the Vel’ d’Hiv  Roundup in 1942. In Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, French police arrested tens of thousands of French Jews to be sent off to various Nazi camps. As Julia delves deeper into the history she discovers her own personal connections to the events of 1942.

The second story is about Sarah (Mélusine Mayance), a ten-year-old girl living in Paris in 1942. Her family is rounded up by the police, and in desperation she hides her younger brother in the closet. As Sarah and her parents are moved to a camp, she realizes she must escape to free her brother. Both stories unfold as Sarah desperately tries to deal with the trauma of what she’s done and the events around her, and Julia tries to reconcile the awful history of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup with her own life.

Our TMPA jury was enamored with the film, even though the subject matter is heavy and difficult to process. In a rare unanimous vote they elected to give Sarah’s Key the Award. The gripping nature of the story engaged them while it educated them about this forgotten piece of history. The personal stories of Julia and Sarah give a face to the historical events. Strong period details combined with beautiful cinematography provide an engrossing mise en scène that allowed the jury to fully experience the story. They also found it fascinating how one story set in motion by a small girl, branched out and touched so many people’s lives, even decades into the future.  For all these reasons, and more, we are enthusiastic to announce Sarah’s Key’s receipt of the Truly Moving Picture Award! Check out the trailer below.

What is the Truly Moving Picture Award program?

Tim Irwin, TMPA Program Director

The Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) is one of Heartland’s three program areas, alongside the Heartland Film Festival and the Heartland Institute.  You might have seen the TMPA seal in various places, maybe on DVD’s or on the posters of certain films, or in the print ads that run in newspapers.  So what exactly is the TMPA program, and how is it different from the Festival?

The TMPA program focuses on theatrically released films. Whereas the Festival honors independent films that have not been picked up by a distributor (and therefore probably won’t make it to a theater near you), the Truly Moving Picture Award is given to films produced or distributed by the big (or medium-sized) studios.  Most of the films that receive the Award will play in a theater near you, or at least in select large cities.

So how do films receive the Award? Good question! Basically, we work with the studios and arrange an early screening of their films that are coming out (the earlier we see them, the better for you!). We have a jury located in Indianapolis that sees the film and discusses whether or not it should receive the Award.  The jury is comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds, and all of them go through our educational credentialing process. Our goal is to promote positive change in people’s lives through the transformative power of film, so the jury’s task is to determine whether or not each film aligns with that mission!



What happens after we award a film? We let you know! Our purpose is to keep you informed of all the upcoming films that align with our mission. As a result we help the studio promote the film by providing information to you on a consistent basis. We’ll let you know where and when each Award winner is playing, and will occasionally conduct audio interviews with the filmmakers so that you can engage with the film on a deeper level. We also create a discussion guide for each film that can help you fully explore the movie as you talk with family and friends after seeing it.  For a select few films that are geared for a youth audience and have an associated book, we create a full F.I.L.M. curriculum.

Stick around!  We’ll soon be providing information about each upcoming TMPA winner, with details about the film and why it was given the Award. We’ll also have more details about the TMPA program, who our jurors are, and the process through which they become jurors.

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.

83rd Annual Academy Awards: Winners and Highlights

Hollywood’s big night has come and gone once again and we’re so excited for all of the TMPA and Festival winners and nominees!

Our #1 TMPA of 2010, The King’s Speech, was the big winner of the evening taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. (Have you heard our interview with Best Director winner Tom Hooper?)

Toy Story 3 charmed the Academy and took home Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for “We Belong Together”.

The most pleasant surprise of the evening was 2010 HFF Award Winner, God of Love, winning for Live Action Short film. Filmmaker Luke Matheny charmed the crowd with one of the most heart-felt and humorous acceptance speeches of the evening. Watch below!

Congratulations to all the other nominees including Winter’s Bone, Rabbit Hole, How to Train Your Dragon, Sun Come Up and Waste Land!

83rd Annual Academy Award Winners

Best Picture
The King’s Speech

Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale – The Fighter

Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland

Cinematography
Inception

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland

Directing
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

Documentary Feature
Inside Job

Documentary Short
Strangers No More

Film Editing
The Social Network

Foreign Language Film
In a Better World

Makeup
The Wolfman

Original Score
The Social Network

Original Song
“We Belong Together” – Toy Story 3

Animated Short Film
The Lost Thing

Live Action Short Film
God of Love

Sound Editing
Inception

Sound Mixing
Inception

Visual Effects
Inception

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech