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Waste Land – Jardim Gramacho Landfill Closes

2010 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award-winner Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump. At Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Muniz photographs an eclectic band of catadores, self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives.

In the film, Muniz helped a handful of these catadores reimagine their lives through art. Now everyone who relied on Jardim Gramacho must reimagine their lives through the closing of the landfill. The catadores’ home and source of livelihood was closed on the weekend of June 2-3 by the local government. All trash is now being redirected to Seropedica, Rio de Janeiro’s next-generation dump. Roughly 1,700 strong, the catadores will receive a lump-sum payout and job training, but their future is still a big unknown. Read more at Yahoo! Finance.

Red Dog – Film Picked Up for North American Distribution

2011 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize Award winner for Best Narrative Feature, Red Dog, continues its already successful post-festival run. The Australian film has been picked up for North American distribution by ARC Entertainment.

Based on a legendary true story, Red Dog tells the tale of a hitchhiking hound that united a remote mining community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master in the 1970′s. Read more at Screen Daily.

Waste Land Latest Screening at JCC

Waste LandOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For the people of Jardim Gramacho it’s even more than that—it’s their livelihood.

A 2010 HFF Crystal Heart winner, Waste Land follows popular artist Vik Muniz as he travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Muniz photographs “catadores,” people who make a living by picking recyclable materials out of the trash. We learn that the “catadores” are either born into this poverty-stricken lifestyle or pick as an alternative to selling drugs or prostituting themselves.

Six “catadores” repurpose trash into giant murals of themselves at Muniz’s studio, of which photographic prints are eventually sold for tens of thousands to of dollars at European auctions. As the film reveals more about these “catadores” we experience their everyday lives first-hand, feel their despair, and swell at their successes.

Waste Land showcases the transformative power of art and its affect on the human spirit. It challenges us to recognize those who are overlooked, both in our everyday lives and abroad. It makes us aware of other ways of life and how our own lifestyle may need adjusting.

On March 12 Heartland Truly Moving Pictures screened the documentary at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis. The crowd was moved by the film and discussed their reactions with each other immediately afterwards:

Learn more about Waste Land at the film’s official website.

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening. View our calendar of events to learn more about upcoming HTMP screenings.

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


Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland

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

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

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech

TMPA and Heartland Film Festival Winners Are Now Oscar Nominees!

With the Academy Award nominations announced this morning, we’d like to congratulate the new nominees who received the Truly Moving Picture Award and were award winners at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival!

The big winner is The King’s Speech, which recently topped our list of the Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners of 2010. The King’s Speech received twelve nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (stay tuned for our interview with director Tom Hooper!), Best Lead Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Original Screenplay, among others.

Toy Story 3 received nominations for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing and Best Original Song, accounting for five total nominations.

How to Train Your Dragon was also nominated in the Best Animated Feature category, and also received a mention for Best Original Score.

Another big name in the nominations is Winter’s Bone, which received four big nominations, including Best Picture, Best Lead Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nicole Kidman received a Best Lead Actress nomination for her powerful role in Rabbit Hole. (Listen to our interview with Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell!)

Other TMPA-winning nominees include Tangled, nominated for Best Original Song, and Restrepo, which garnered a nod for Best Documentary.

Congratulations are also in order for our Festival winners included in the Academy Award nominations! Festival Crystal Heart Award winner in the documentary feature category Waste Land was nominated alongside Restrepo for Best Documentary Feature, Festival Crystal Heart Award winners Sun Come Up and God of Love were nominated for Best Documentary Short and Best Short Film respectively.

All told, TMPA winners amassed 26 Academy Award nominations, while films that won Festival Awards at last year’s Festival grabbed three total nominations. Congratulations to all of the nominees; we’ll be rooting for you on February 27th! Join us on Twitter during the broadcast for updates and conversation!