Kokomo to host Heartland Film Festival's Best of the Fest

The Heartland Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presented by Duke Energy is coming to Kokomo, September 4 – 5.

Known for showcasing the best in independent, inspiring film from all over the world every October, the Heartland Film Festival will offer moviegoers in Kokomo a chance to experience the festival atmosphere in downtown Kokomo.

“Best of the Fest” is presented by Duke Energy and sponsored by the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Indiana University at Kokomo, the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and the Kokomo School Corporation.

“We are delighted to partner with Duke Energy and many community leaders to bring this opportunity to downtown Kokomo,” said Kokomo Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hauswald.  “The restored 1914 Central Middle School Auditorium is the perfect vaudevillian setting to screen this collection of award-winning films."

Two indie filmmakers are scheduled to attend and will be available to mingle with attendees and provide insight on the filmmaking process.

Heartland Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest,” presented by Duke Energy

WHEN: September 4-5
WHERE: Central Middle International School Auditorium, 303 E. Superior St., Kokomo, IN 46901

Friday, September 4, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Oscar Shorts Program  Each of these short films were featured at the Heartland Film Festival in years past before they went on the receive Oscar nominations – some even won Oscars, like this year’s The Phone Call. The short films  God of Love, Head over Heels and The Dam Keeper will also be shown.

Saturday, September 5, 2:00 p.m. Transcend 2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

Long distance running allowed Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya. But after winning multiple American marathons, including taking running’s most cherished prize, the Boston Marathon, he risks it all and returns home to help his fellow Kenyans create better lives for themselves. This is the story of the elusive spiritual energy that is somehow forged in the intense rigor of long-distance running, an energy Wesley Korir is using to transform the nation that has done more than any other to change the face of the marathon.                                                                               

Saturday, September 5, 4:30 p.m. I’m with Phil 2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

When a New Yorker named Phil Campbell discovers a rural town in Alabama that shares his name, he invites Phil Campbells from all over the world to join him there for a Phil Campbell Convention. But when a deadly disaster strikes the town, his stunt takes on an entirely different tone. This documentary follows the incredible lengths to which people will go for strangers, as individuals from all over the world gather to help rebuild and restore the town that shares their name.

Director Andrew Reed is scheduled to attend.

Saturday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. Cicada 2014 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner, Narrative Feature

Much like a cicada, Jumpei, a mild-mannered schoolteacher, is sheltered. Introverted almost to a fault, Jumpei has discovered that he is infertile, a secret that he is keeping from the woman he is set to marry. In the meantime, Jumpei is enlisted by his sister to help out her family, especially Jumpei’s nine-year-old nephew who is being bullied in school. While Jumpei’s prospects of having a family of his own seem to be non-existent, he is forced into his sister’s dysfunctional family life, and what transpires is a series of comical and heartbreaking events.

Director Dean Yamada is scheduled to attend.

TICKETS: $6.00 per film online or $8.00 at the box office.
INFO: heartlandfilm.org/roadshow/kokomo-best-of-the-fest