(BEDFORD) - Known for showcasing the best in independent, inspiring film from all over the world every October, the Heartland Film Festival - presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film--will offer moviegoers in Bedford a chance to experience the festival atmosphere in their own backyard.
Four independent filmmakers are scheduled to attend "Best of the Fest," presented by Duke Energy, and will be available to mingle with attendees and provide insight on the filmmaking process over two days, Kue 13 and 14 at Bedford North Lawrence High School's Performing Arts Center.
"Best of the Fest" is presented by Duke Energy and sponsored by Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Bedford, German American, and By the Glass Productions.
"Our new 'Best of the Fest' model is the next best thing to the 10-day Heartland Film Festival," explained Heartland Film President Stuart Lowry. "It gives the community an opportunity to experience a powerful slate of films that they can't see anywhere else, and to meet filmmakers from all over the country. Heartland Film is thrilled to be partnering with the Bedford community."
Among the organizers responsible for making "Best of the Fest" possible is Bedford's own filmmaker-in-residence Andie Redwine, who both wrote and produced the film "Paradise Recovered." Centered on a young woman who must adjust to the outside world after being excommunicated from a religious cult, the independent feature film landed a distribution deal after its world premiere at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. Redwine is owner of By the Glass Productions, which is headquartered in Bedford.
Tickets are General Screenings $6 and $4 for Heartland Film Members.
"Best of the Fest," presented by Duke Energy
WHEN: Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014
WHERE: Bedford North Lawrence - Performing Arts Center, 595 Stars Blvd., Bedford, Ind. 47421
Schedule - Friday, June 13
6 p.m. - "Medora" - Director Andrew Cohn scheduled to attend 2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature - 83 min. Indiana-made film about small-town Medora, Ind. and its underdog basketball team.
Purchase a ticket for "Medora" and receive a free ticket to another "Best of the Fest" screening!
9 p.m. - "Walking With the Enemy" 2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Feature - 127 min.
Schedule - Saturday, June 14
4 p.m. - "Running Blind" & "Right to Play" - Director/Producer Ryan Suffern scheduled to attend - 73 min.
"Running Blind" - 2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Short / Audience Choice Award Winner "Right to Play" - 2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Short
6:30 p.m.- "Finding Hillywood" - Director Leah Warshawski & Post Supervisor Todd Soliday scheduled to attend
2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature - 60 min.
9 p.m. - "Wish You Well" 2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Feature - 109 min.
Full schedule, tickets and film details are available at http://bit.ly/HFFBedford.
About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits - whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences' perspectives on the world - all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland Film Festival showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. Each year, the Heartland Film Festival awards more than $115,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. Heartland Film has awarded more than $2.6 million to support indie filmmakers over the last 23 years. Beyond the Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award, inspires the next generation of filmmakers via the Heartland Film Institute, and exhibits films across Indiana all year long via the Heartland Film Roadshow. To learn more, visit heartlandfilm.org.
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