One of my favorite things about Fall in Indiana has nothing to do with pumpkins or leaf cams. It’s the Heartland Film Festival, a 10-day event showcasing inspiring independent films from around the world. Each of the nearly 50 films screened at Heartland was selected for its artistic expression of hope and respect for the positive values of life.
Most of the films are shown at AMC Castleton Square theater in Indianapolis and AMC Greenwood Park 14 in Greenwood. Tickets are a very affordable $7 each when purchased in advance or $8 when purchased at the door. Click here for more ticket information.
I scrolled through the Festival Guide, available online, and picked a few films that I’d like to see:
Another Harvest Moon: A drama about four elderly Americans coping with life in a nursing home. October 17, 20, 21, 24.
The Mighty Macs: Set in 1972, this is the story of a small Catholic college women’s basketball team who go from a disjointed band of players to the first ever women’s national basketball championship. October 17, 21, 22, 23.
Soundtrack for a Revolution: This documentary tells the story of the American civil rights movement through the powerful music of freedom songs. October 17, 20, 22, 23, 24.
Two special event screenings caught my eye as well.
Family Movie Event
This special event, which takes place Sunday, October 18 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, will include a screening of The Perfect Game, a movie about how one miracle changes the lives of a team of Little Leaguers forever. After the movie, enjoy refreshments and a variety of fun activities. Tickets for this event are $12/adult, $7/child.
Closing Night Event
This year’s closing film will be shown at the Glick Indiana History Center on Saturday, October 24. The Horse Boy is a documentary that follows a Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for their son. A Q&A with director Michael O. Scott will take place after the film. Tickets for this event are $20/adult, $15/student.
These are just a few my picks. If you’re into foreign films with subtitles, you might check out For My Father or Big John, among others. If short films are more your style, Heartland has a host of shorts that are shown in collections, so you get to view several shorts for in one sitting. Download the Festival Guide to make your selections.