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 showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.
You might not know this, but the Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. This means you could meet future Oscar® winners and nominees right here in Indy!
See “Light Fly, Fly High” – Sponsored by Sun King Brewing
As a proud Heartland sponsor, Sun King is the key supporter of the documentary film “Light Fly, Fly High.” The film is about Thulasi, a young Indian woman in her 20s, who is willing to literally box her way out of poverty and into a better life. A Dalit or “untouchable” born outside of caste, she rejected her place on society’s lowest rung at an early age and was forced to leave her parents’ home when only 14. Ten years later, despite her impressive record in the ring, ranking third in India’s Light Fly category, Thulasi remains stuck at the bottom, deprived of opportunities she rightly deserves.
Despite an uphill battle against sexual harassment, poverty and the pressure to marry, Thulasi refuses to compromise herself and her goals and takes her destiny into her own hands. Filmed over three eventful years, the movie is a gripping and inspirational story of a courageous young woman who refuses to be anyone’s victim and ends up a hero of her own making against all odds.
See “Light Fly, Fly High” at the Heartland Film Festival:
- Friday, Oct. 17 – 10:15 a.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
- Friday, Oct. 17 – 4:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
- Sunday, Oct. 19 – 3:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
- Monday, Oct. 20 – 12:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
- Tuesday, Oct. 21 – 5:00 p.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
- Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 7:30 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
- Thursday, Oct. 23 – 5:00 p.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
- Saturday, Oct. 26 – 10:30 a.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
Directors/Producers Beathe Hofseth and Susann Ostigaard scheduled to attend screenings on Friday, Oct. 17 at AMC Castleton Square 14.
Screening Venues & Tickets
With over 270 film screenings, moviegoers can check out movies at three different locations:
- AMC Castleton Square 14
- AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
- Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square
View the full film lineup and purchase tickets at www.heartlandfilmfestival.org or by calling 1-866-HFF-1010. Advance screening tickets are $2 cheaper than at the box office price, so buy now and save.
We hear filmmakers love to meet up for drinks after a long day of screenings – buy your favorite filmmaker a Sun King and welcome them to Indianapolis!