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The Heartland Film Festival—Indiana’s largest and longest-running independent film festival—will showcase more than 130 independent films and gives audiences access to more than 100 independent filmmakers from around the world from October 16-25, 2014. With red carpet premieres and events, parties, and hundreds of film screenings, the Heartland Film Festival offers the best of world cinema right in the heart of the Midwest.

Middle Coast Film Festival

A brand, spanking new film festival has hit the Midwest.  The Middle Coast Film Festival was named to play on and dethrone the East Coast—West Coast artistic and cultural dominance in the U.S. Read about the Middle Coast Film Festival. 

The Delights of Chocolates is a short film that screened at the 2014 Middle Coast Film Festival is a quirky little comedy centered on the interactions – and jealous tensions – of two women who have been friends.  The film is titled Chocolates, which plays on both an element in the plot and its visual accompaniment as the women sit in a living room and talk.

Join in filming: Stardust & Moonbeams

By Madelyn Ritrosky

Ladies, wouldn’t you love to . . . Grab the Camera. Change the View. Enjoy the View. Finally . . .  a Smart, Fun, Sexy Movie By Women, For Women - and the Men Who Love Them. We’re women, we’re filmmakers, and we love men.  We want to advance women’s sexual empowerment and turn the erotic gaze on men, for our entertainment.  We’re talking heterosexual politics, because if the woman is behind the camera and the man is in front of it, sparks will fly . . . everywhere. In Stardust & Moonbeams . .

New Civil War Film in Production: The Battles That Changed Us

Young filmmaker Luke Broyles is on a mission.  It’s July 2014 and he’s a 15-year-old who’s written a feature length screenplay about the Civil War.  But it’s not just the battles on the field.  It’s the personal battles of four young Union Army soldiers.... personal battles that change them forever. The Battles That Changed Us shoots in July-August 2014.

Indie Film Con 2014

The Indie Film Con 2014 is in its second year, drawing films and filmmakers primarily from around the state of Indiana.  Like its inaugural year in 2013, the weekend program was held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Part film festival and part filmmaker education, screenings were at the state-of-the-art IU Cinema, and workshops and panels were held in the nearby Fine Arts Building.  Most films were shorts, screened in the afternoons, with two feature-length films shown in the evenings. 

Science, Sex, and the Ladies, Oh My!

Interview with Filmmaker Trisha Borowicz

A new documentary feature will soon hit the film festival circuit – like none you’ve ever seen.  Yet with a message that is SO needed when it comes to women, men, and sexual equality in contemporary culture. Read more about Science, Sex, and the Ladies.

As High as the Sky with Nikki Braendlin

Nikki BraendlinI saw the film and met Nikki Braendlin (photo , left) at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival in October, the film’s last festival, but now it’s time for the film’s release.  Although As High as the Sky has finished its year on the festival circuit, the filmmakers secured distribution with Cinema Libre Studio.  The DVD comes out on May 6, 2014, and the film is available through Video On Demand and streaming on June 6, 2014. 
So let’s hear more about this movie from the filmmaker herself– Nikki Braendlin.

Remembering Popeye’s Bumblebee

On January 17, 2014 Popeye the Sailor turned 85 years old.  The sailor man with a passion for spinach and Olive Oyl made his debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip created by E.C. Segar. For decades Segar’s work, including his successors Bud Sagendorf and Bobby London, have been reprinted for new generations to discover.  Although reprinted in comic book format during the 1940’s and 1950’s the work of one Popeye’s greatest cartoonists has been slighted: Bela “Bill” Zaboly.

Steve Albrezzi: On the Road to Commencement

Steve AlbrezziCommencement is one of those films that draws you in to a warm sense of intimacy with a small group of characters.  There is a main character, Christa (Amelia Rose Blaire), with her own crises and decisions to make at this crossroads in her life. 

But in many ways she is the catalyst for the ensemble.  Each of a number of surrounding characters has different personal or relational issues to deal with over the course of a 24-hour period. So when the lights came up in the theater at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival, I decided immediately that I liked this film.  In fact, there was a veritable cornucopia of things to like.  Lucky for me, filmmaker Steve Albrezzi – writer, director, and producer – was at the Heartland Film Festival, where Commencement had its U.S. premiere.  I had the chance to meet Steve after the screening, so let’s learn more about the man who created this lovely film. 

Summer films start rolling

The Indiana Filmmakers Network held its first Indie Film Con– or Independent Film Convention in Bloomington, Indiana. Filmmaker Chris Eller spearheaded the June 2013 event.

Filmmaker Kenneth Stevenson makes an Ironic Cheery Point.  It’s a very ironic title.  And very timely.  This is a film that makes you think seriously about the path down which American society seems to be heading in the 21st century.  And it’s not the yellow brick road.      

Super heros and favorites return

This summer's films resurrect several superhero characters and extends the shelf life of a few popular films.

The start of the summer kicks off May 3rd with the release of Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow andBen Kingsley. The armor-clad superhero returns to face off against the Mandarin, the mystical villain played by Kingsley.

Man of Steel (June 14) brings back Superman with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. Two surviving Kryptonians face off against Superman.

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Many parent’s memories of Batman harkens back to the live-action television series.

Often comic book historians have few good things to say about the series claiming it turned Batman into a joke with its campy portrayal of the Caped Crusader.  Continue reading about A Batman for all Generations!

Mary Badham "To Kill a Mockingbird"

In the minds of many people, the word “scout” conjures up routine images of exploration, observation, and organized youth troops. But to the die-hard movie fan - particularly those can’t-get-enough-of-them film aficionados who grew up in The Sixties - that word “scout” calls to mind primarily one thing: the critically-acclaimed film To Kill a Mockingbird and its then ten-year-old star, Mary Badham, who played the role of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

300: Rise of An Empire (Aug 2) brings back the Spartan soldiers who died at the end of 300 with sequel around Persian King Xerxes fight against a Greek army.

The release of R.I.P.D. (July 19) brings a pair of undead cops togethers to police the afterlife. Stars Ray Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon.

StarTrek Into Darkness (May 15) brings Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbacth together to breath life back into the 2009 Star Trek blockbuster directed by J.J. Abrams.

The 3rd return of The Hang Over Part III (May 15) reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor in Las Vegas for another adventure.

A second attempt with Grown Ups 2 has the characters from the first movie move back to their childhood hometown.

Watch movie trailers and find out more about 2013 summer films in May, June, July, August.


Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” commences principal photography in the UK in preparation for August 1, 2014 film release from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios.  Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector,  Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has endured for one reason: there is nothing else like it. It may not have been shot with anything more high-tech than the industry standard cameras and mikes of the day, but it remains the world’s first and finest interactive multimedia experience. Continue reading about the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the new book and watch the trailer.

The Vinyl Beat: Filmmakers Sara Sugarman and Jim Cooper

Smart and Sassy: Coley Sohn and Sassy Pants Slap me sassy, girl!  The opening scene of Sassy Pants, from writer-director Coley Sohn, is flat-out sassy, in other words, so pitifully comical that you’re reeled in fast – and stay wonderfully ensnared for the duration of this feature-length serious comedy. Continue reading Coley Sohn and Sassy Pants.

Good Fortune: Daniel Lahr and Fortune’s Favored It’s the 1930s... the Great Depression... desperate times, desperate people.  Good people... hope and faith in the future.  They are Fortune’s Favored. Continue reading about Fortune's Favored and interview with Daniel Lahr.

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3-D movies were among the top grossing films in 2013. 3-D movies may be the key to revive the slumping movie industry. See the schedule of new 3D movies in 2010, watch movie trailers and read studio production notes.

The International 3D Society released a 3D revenue study today showing that 3D movie fans are driving opening weekend box office revenues by significant margins. Continue reading about upcoming 3D movies.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN GODZILLA SEQUEL In the world of monsters there never has been a monster like Godzilla and he has proven to everyone why he is the most dominate among the monsters. For in just the first weekend the 2014 film "Godzilla" killed at the box office and now due to its success in just a short time it has already been confirmed that the first sequel will be made underway. Now a possible release date has not yet been confirmed, but knowing films in Hollywood it will possibly be within two or three years.

SHOULD "PACIFIC RIM" AND "GODZILLA" CROSSOVER? Whenever the world comes under attack from giant monsters there is only one creature that can save us. The mighty lizard known as Godzilla. Now that Godzilla has been released to the big screen moviegoers are jumping out of their seats and rushing to the theatres to see the mightiest of all monsters bring new excitement to the generation of today.

GODZILLA - In the world on monsters that have appeared on the big screen there are really none that can stand up to the mightiest of them all, the fire-breathing lizard Godzilla. With all the films this lizard has brought to the big screen his most recent would be the 2014 film titled "Godzilla," which is set in the world of today that and tells the story of the giant lizard being a monster that wrecks havoc upon all humans in the possible outcome of terminating their race once and for all.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: REVIEW With ever comic book film that has hit the big screen there have been sequels to go along with them and one in particular would be the 2014 film "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which is the sequel to the 2012 film "The Amazing Spider-Man."

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER After the events of "The Avengers" all the Marvel superheroes have now been off on their own films to set up for "The Avengers: The Age of Ultron," which will be released in 2015. One of these films is the 2014 film titled "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and in this film Captain America must now face with his ultimate challenge yet as the villain known as the Winter Soldier reeks to bring terror upon the citizens of not only the world but the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. In this film not only must Captain America true powers and courage be put to the test, but also his trust as well as in every turn he is forced to make crucial decisions on whether he can trust anyone even the ones closest to him.

WHAT MONSTERS COULD APPEAR IN GODZILLA REBOOT. Godzilla is by far one of the greatest monsters ever to hit the big screen, if not the best, and what makes this giant fire-breathing lizard so great is not just his destructive nature, but the many other monsters that have appeared on screen with him.


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