Heartland Film Taps Basile as Interim President

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Stuart Lowry passes torch to board member and philanthropist Frank Basile.

Heartland Film Board Chairman Gary D. Cohen announced today that President Stuart Lowry has stepped down for personal reasons.

During his tenure, Lowry was critical in the growth of the Heartland Film Festival and its endowment, as well as key staff development.

“Stuart played an important and timely role in the evolution of our organization, and helped Heartland Film to secure a sound financial future,” said Cohen. “His work behind the scenes and in particular his very special presence on stage at our events helped to convey Heartland’s mission to the public and build our brand nationally.”

“Heartland Film is a distinctive organization and team to lead,” said Lowry. “With a passionate and talented staff in place, this is the optimal time for me and the organization to make this transition. Heartland Film is a shining community and arts portal for some of the best films and filmmakers from around the world. I look forward to watching the transformational impact Heartland Film will make in our community in the coming years.”

Frank Basile, retired executive of the Gene B. Glick Co. and philanthropist, will serve as the organization’s interim president. Both Cohen and Lowry expressed confidence in Basile’s leadership and ability to ensure Heartland’s continued success as the organization approaches the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Basile was senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. for 33 years before retiring in 2008. He has been an active community volunteer, having served on many not-for-profit boards through the years. In 2011-12 he served as interim CEO and president of the Center for the Performing Arts. He is a professional speaker, author and columnist.

“Heartland Film has never been stronger as an organization, and we are positioning to take a significant step forward in the years to come,” said Cohen. “Our Board is very grateful both to Stuart for his significant contributions to our success, and to Frank for his willingness to lead our efforts at this critical time.”

The 25th annual Heartland Film Festival will take place Oct. 21-30, 2016 across Indianapolis.

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