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28th Heartland International Film Festival, Oct. 10-20, 2019 @heartlandfilm

October 7, 2019 Leave a comment

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By Paige Liston, Bohlsen Group
On behalf of Heartland Film

INDIANAPOLIS – Presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, the 28th Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) will take place in Indianapolis from Oct. 10-20 in venues throughout the city and The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. With a record 200 plus feature films and 400 film screenings, HIFF is the largest and longest-running film festival in Indiana.

“We could not be more excited about what’s in store for this year’s Heartland International Film Festival and welcome filmgoers to explore our bold cinematic space,” said Craig Prater, Heartland Film President. “From award contenders, premieres, stars, and sensational events, Heartland is proud to be able to represent this important art form on such an international scale here in Indiana.”

Major Event Titles

TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller featuring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, which will open HIFF on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Newfields.

Netflix will present “Marriage Story,” directed by Noah Baumbach featuring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, as HIFF Centerpiece on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Newfields in addition to “The Two Popes,” directed by Fernando Meirelles featuring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins as the HIFF Showcase Screening on Thursday, Oct. 17 at AMC Castleton Square.

Closing HIFF on Sunday, Oct. 20 will be Warner Bros. release “Just Mercy” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson based on the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson.

Cash Prizes and Competition Titles

The Heartland International Film Festival will award $60,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories, recognizing the best in independent filmmaking from all over the world. Only 10 Finalist films are chosen to compete for HIFF Grand Prizes, five Narrative Features and five Documentary Features, and each category will carry a $15,000 cash prize. Narrative Finalists in competition include “Colewell” (Tom Quinn starring Karen Allen), “The Garden Left Behind” (Flavio Alves), “Greener Grass” (Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe), “Guest Artist” (Timothy Busfield starring Jeff Daniels), and “House of Hummingbird (Bora Kim). Documentary Finalists in competition include “17 Blocks” (Davy Rothbart), “Ernie & Joe” (Jenifer McShane), “For Sama” (Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts), “Jump Shot” (Jacob Hamilton), and “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” (Irene Taylor Brodsky). Fifty percent of these competition titles are directed or co-directed by women.

Earlier this year, Heartland Film officially signed the 5050×2020 Pledge to solidify its commitment to gender parity in its programming. At HIFF 2019, 43 percent of the films in the overall lineup are directed or co-directed by women.

Beyond its top prizes, HIFF will present cash awards for Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender, best premieres, Indiana Spotlight, Richard D. Propes Social Impact Awards, Humor and Humanity, and the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award, which is the only sanctioned festival award in the beloved actor’s namesake approved by the Stewart Family.

Select 2019 HIFF Featured Titles:

Highlights from the 200 plus feature film lineup include:

  • “63 UP” directed by Michael Apted (Independent Television ITV)
    • Michael Apted scheduled to attend to receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award
  • “The Apollo” directed by Roger Ross Williams (HBO), Award Season Spotlight Program
  • “Breaking Away” directed by Peter Yates, 40th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Actor Dennis Christopher scheduled to attend
  • “By the Grace of God” directed by François Ozon (Music Box Films), Special Presentation
  • “The Cave” directed by Feras Fayyad (National Geographic), Award Season Spotlight Program
  • “Clemency” directed by Chinonye Chukwu (NEON), Special Presentation
  • “Dolor y gloria / Pain and Glory” directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Sony Pictures Classics), Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program
  • “Il traditore / The Traitor” directed by Marco Bellocchio (Sony Pictures Classics), Special Presentation
  • “I Lost My Body” directed by Jérémy Clapin (Netflix), Special Presentation
  • “In Fabric” directed by Peter Strickland (A24), Special Presentation
  • “Midnight Cowboy” directed by John Schlesinger, 50th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Photographer Michael Childers scheduled to attend with a moderated Q&A hosted by Bruce Fessier
  • “The Mummy” directed by Stephen Sommers, 20th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Actor Brendan Fraser scheduled to attend with a moderated Q&A hosted by Pete Hammond
  • “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon Ho (NEON), Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” directed by Céline Sciamma (NEON), Special Presentation
  • “Slay the Dragon” directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance (Magnolia Pictures), Special Presentation
  • “Synonyms” directed by Nadav Lapid (Kino Lorber), Special Presentation
  • “Systemsprenger / System Crasher” directed by Nora Fingscheidt (Ad Vitam Distribution), US Premiere in the Cultural Journey: Germany and Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Programs
  • “Waves” directed by Trey Edwards Shults (A24), Special Presentation
  • “When We Last Spoke” directed by Joanne Hock, Official Selection
    • Actor Cloris Leachman to receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award, Actor Corbin Bernsen scheduled to attend

Full Lineup and Info

Venues for the HIFF include Newfields, AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Lounge at Castleton Square Mall and The Montage. Tickets for HIFF events and screenings will go on sale Sept. 13 for Heartland Film members and Sept. 16 to the public, and can be purchased online at heartlandfilmfestival.org. To view the entire lineup, visit heartlandfilmfestival.org, or click here: HFF 2019 Film Festival Lineup

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 presents the annual Heartland International Film Festival, Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival, the Heartland Film Roadshow, and bestows the Truly Moving Picture Award industry honor to major film releases throughout the year. For more information, visit heartlandfilm.org.

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 24, 2019

July 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The annual Feast of Lanterns Festival will be held at Spades Park in Indianapolis (1800 block of Nowland Avenue) on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4-11 pm.

Free to attend, Feast of Lanterns is an annual family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc, (a 501c3 Non-Profit).

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features over 500 colorful and glowing lanterns strung between 100-year-old trees, plus food trucks, live music, a kid’s zone, community vendors, artists, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event at dusk when all of the lanterns are brightly lit following the children’s lantern parade and countdown.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to 30 local artists with items for sale including clothing, soaps, home decor and more, and 30+ neighborhood organizations, non-profit and community groups with tables and information and free goodies for the community, plus a kid’s zone with free craft projects.

Food trucks this year include Calliope Sno Balls, Gordon’s Ice Cream, NY Slice, Lick, Gaucho’s Fire, Black Eye, Greek2Go, Costa Brava, Murry’s BBQ and several more. The beer garden will feature Flat 12, Centerpoint Brewing, and Ash and Elm Cider.

Live music this year features Dorin (4pm), Bashiri Asad (5:15pm), Sarah Grain and the Billions of Stars (6:30pm), Chamber Music Band (7:45pm), Carmichael (9pm) and Pork and Beans Brass Band (10pm).

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and to park at the Circle City Industrial parking lot located less than 1/4 mile west of the Park and walk along the Pogue’s Run Trail to reach Spades Park, or park at Teacher’s Treasures located off E. 10th Street.

For more information, visit https://www.indyfol.org.

Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival, June 22-23, 2019 @eiteljorgmuseum @whiteriverstprk

June 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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Image courtesy Eiteljorg Museum. Used with written permission.

By Bryan Corbin
Eiteljorg Museum

One of the region’s best art and cultural experiences returns to downtown Indianapolis the weekend of June 22-23, 2019: the 27th annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival.

More than 120 Native American and First Nations artists from more than 50 cultures across the U.S. and Canada will show and sell their fine art, including jewelry, pottery, beadwork, basketry, paintings, sculptures and more.

The Indian Market and Festival takes place on the beautiful Eiteljorg grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and features artists’ booths both outside and inside the museum.

Seasoned art collectors and first-time market-goers alike will appreciate the personal interactions with artists and wide variety of Native fine art available.

Cultural experiences, food and performances are a big part of the weekend; and this year’s event features contemporary and traditional Native musicians, hoop dancing and storytelling. Thousands of visitors attend the market, held every June the weekend after Father’s Day.

“Visitors often say Indian Market and Festival is a wonderful combination of fun and culturally meaningful experiences because it allows them and their families to see Native American art and meet exceptional artists in person,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said.

“Art collectors appreciate the opportunity to purchase Native art close to home without traveling great distances. Non-collectors get to savor the memorable market and festival atmosphere, and returning artists enjoy the Hoosier hospitality and the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and meet new collectors and fans,” he said.

A lineup of Native American performers will appear on the Indian Market and Festival stage June 22 and 23. Two of the four acts also will perform at separate events in the days leading up to the market:

  • World champion hoop dancer and musician Tony Duncan (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa) and his family of dancers astound crowds with their high-energy moves, and they are returning to the Eiteljorg for performances and hoop-dancing workshops. First, the Duncan family performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at River West along the White River as part of A Rising Tide, a free outdoor program with Indy Convergence. Then the Duncan family performs at Indian Market, June 22 and 23, and their appearance is through the support of the Arts Midwest Touring Fund.
  • The award-winning band Son of Hwéeldi plays a blend of rock, soul, blues and world music based on Navajo and Apache histories that they describe as “resistance rock.” The band will first perform at the Eiteljorg at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 during the museum’s free Summer Under The Sails concert series, then will be back June 22-23 to play again during Indian Market.

Music and storytelling is a crowd-pleasing part of Indian Market and Festival. In addition to the Tony Duncan Family and Son of Hwéeldi, the Eiteljorg is pleased to present other entertainers June 22 and 23 during market weekend:

  • An a capella group, Sisterz in Song, featuring a trio of young women vocalists from Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara cultures who perform traditional songs. They perform at 11 a.m. both days.
  • Cultural storyteller Jacque Tahuka Nunez, who performs “Journeys to the Past,” describing the lifestyle of California’s first people, the Acjachemen Nation of Orange County. She performs at noon both days.

For the entertainers’ onstage performance schedule, visit www.eiteljorg.org/indianmarketandfestival/

Adult tickets to the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival are $15 at the gate either day. Advance discount tickets are $13 and can be purchased online at www.eiteljorg.org or by calling 317.636.WEST (9378). Youth ages 17 and under are free at Indian Market and Festival. For Eiteljorg Museum members, free admission to the market is available for the individual named on the membership card, but the admission fee will apply for their non-member adult guests.

Tickets to Indian Market and Festival also include museum admission, so plan to experience the museum galleries featuring special exhibitions: A Sense of Beauty: Showcasing the Power and Beauty in Native Art, and Bringing Friends Together: Contemporary Hopi Carvings from the Eagle, Perelman and Rader Collections. Also, see a new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, now open at the Eiteljorg.

After a modest start in 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival now is considered one of the nation’s top Native American art markets. Artists are invited to participate through a juried selection and must be members of a federally or state recognized tribe. Many of the artists also submit their artwork for judging as part of the weekend’s juried art competition. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded to top artists in multiple divisions. Last year, nearly $25,000 in prize money was awarded to artists.

This year’s Indian Market and Festival will be of special interest to the participating artists because for the first time it will feature a $5,000 cash prize for the artist whose art work wins the Margot L. Eccles Best of Show Award in the juried art competition. The prize is supported by The Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The award is named for the late Margot Eccles, a civic leader, philanthropist, art collector, Eiteljorg board member and past chair of Indian Market and Festival, who brought passion, vision and generosity to the annual event.

For the second year in a row, the Eiteljorg will host the Market Morning Breakfast on Saturday morning June 22, for early-bird art collectors who want to meet the artists in a more relaxed setting before the big crowds arrive. Reservations are required to attend the Saturday breakfast; contact csanborn@eiteljorg.com or 317.275.1360 for details.

Popular food vendors will return to the museum grounds during market weekend, including Platero Frybread & Navajo Tacos from New Mexico, as well as Roasted, Toasted and Baked (RTB), Lucky Louie’s Street Food, Bee Coffee Roasters, Menefee Lemonade and Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium’s Wylie Truck. Market-goers also can enjoy the Museum Café and Museum Store. A commemorative Indian Market and Festival T-shirt will be available featuring beautiful art by Gilmore Scott (Diné), Desert Monsoons.

The 27th annual Indian Market & Festival is sponsored by Ice Miller LLP, Arts Midwest, The Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund and the Cripe Charitable Foundation (which are both funds of the Central Indiana Community Foundation) and Mel and Joan Perelman. The entertainment stage sponsor is the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the museum’s Mrs. Robert S. Eccles Fund.

12th Annual Asian Fest, June 23, 2019 @indianamuseum

June 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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Image courtesy Asian American Alliance, Inc. Used with written permission.

By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

What are the top two most populous countries in the world? Can you name the hugely popular K-Pop band that topped the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. charts to become the first group since The Beatles to earn three No.1 albums in less than a year? (Answers below)

Get answers to these and more at the 12th annual Asian Fest on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12-5 pm at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. ADMISSION IS FREE. This family-friendly festival celebrates the rich and diverse Asian cultures and traditions that can be found right here in Central Indiana.

Each year, Asian Fest spotlights one Asian country, and this year, South Korea will take the center stage. This fascinating country rose from the ashes of the Korean War to become a world economic powerhouse. More than 20,000 Korean Americans call Indiana home.

Festival highlights include:

  • Cultural Discovery and Displays of Featured Country – SOUTH KOREA
  • Special appearance by Anita Lerche, Billboard top-5 charting artist and the first non-Asian from the west (she is from Denmark) to release a solo album in Punjabi
  • Entertaining cultural performances from S. Korea, China, India, Japan, Philippines and more
  • Asian cuisine from local restaurants
  • Interactive children’s activities
  • Asian communities booths
  • Asian American Alliance’s Youth Leadership Awards presentation

Festival goers will receive $5 reduced event parking in the White River State Parks garage.

For more information visit http://aaalliance.org/event/asian-fest-2019/

The 2019 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:

Title Sponsors: Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis Power & Light, IUPUI, Roche, Tenthpin

Event Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, The International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation

Event Partner: Korean American Association of Indiana (KAAI)

In-Kind Sponsors: Indiana State Museum, Indy Korea, Indy Asian American Times

Asian Fest is hosted by Asian American Alliance, Inc., a local, nonprofit, pan-Asian organization whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities.  Visit www.aaalliance.org to learn more.

Answers 

1. The two most populous countries in the world are both in Asia: China (1.42 billion people) and India (1.37 billion)

 2. BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a 7-member Korean band. They sold over 14 million albums.

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 13, 2019 @cccathedralindy

June 12, 2019 Leave a comment
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“The Works” at the Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival.
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By Elise Shrock
On behalf of Christ Church Cathedral

The Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral will hold the 54th Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 13, 2019, on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Traditional strawberry shortcakes will be offered for sale from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or until supplies run out. Carryout opens in the church basement at 8:30 a.m.

The “Works” costs $7 for a treat of homemade shortcake, strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping. Single items are available á la carte for $2 each. Cash only.

More than 95% of all proceeds go directly to charity. In 2018, the Cathedral Women donated over $70,000 to non-profit organizations.

“Extending the hospitality of our parish outside of the cathedral walls and into our community hits right at the heart of our work at Christ Church Cathedral.” explains the Rev. Lauren Grubaugh of Christ Church Cathedral. “The Strawberry Festival is a big party and a treat for the whole city. But the true heart of the festival is the fundraising component. Nearly all proceeds go to organizations providing real human needs.”

Strawberry Festival Chair Jennifer Manterfield echoes this sentiment, saying, “The volunteer efforts led by the Cathedral Women are nothing short of miraculous each year. Seeing our church and community members come together and work side by side to put this on strengthens my faith in many ways. And our organization is always thrilled to award the proceeds of the day in community grants. That’s what our mission is truly about and it’s an honor to be able to do that for area organizations.”

In addition to the sale, other Strawberry Festival activities will include:

• Entertainment on Monument Circle starting at 10:00am. Acts include: Children’s Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Heather Michelle Chapman, CCC Guitar Trio, Bells Ringers, Trio Compas, Mariachi Sol Jaliciense, and Meztli Cultural

• An Indiana Blood Center bloodmobile will be on the Circle offering free “The Works” tickets to blood donors starting at 9 am.

• Noonday Holy Eucharist will be offered inside the church at 12:05 pm.

• Free walking tour brochures of the Cathedral offer details on the history and beauty of our church building.

The First inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10, 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in her hometown of Lymington, England. With Nate Gore, Church Sexton, the Cathedral Women thought they could both raise funds and have some fun.

The Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn for the first festival in 1965. They decided to host it on Thursday night to capitalize on the evening hours of the J.C. Penney department store on Monument Circle. Within two hours, they had sold out of shortcakes. This year, the congregation baked 19,499 homemade shortcakes.