Heartland Int’l Film Festival Selection Continues to Educate, Inform, and Inspire Students at Local Elementary Schools

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NOT THE LAST BUTTERFLY, directors Cheryl Rattner Price and Joe Fab give local Indianapolis students an educational tool involving painting butterflies for a permanent exhibit 

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2017 Heartland International Film Festival Official Selections included documentary, NOT THE LAST BUTTERFLY a USA, Poland, Israel, Czech Republic production. The film tells the inspiring tale of The Butterfly Project, a grassroots arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through global displays of ceramic butterflies…one butterfly painted for each child.

Following the screening in 2017, elementary schools in the Indianapolis area hosted the filmmakers as the students painted butterflies that became part of a permanent exhibit in Indianapolis. Because of the event’s success and popularity, local elementary schools are continuing the project by inviting back the filmmakers and painting more butterflies on Wednesday, November 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Allisonville Elementary (4900 E 79th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250). The on-going 2018-2019 event is made possible by grants and local funding.

“Good art provokes reflection and action. Over the course of the last few years, with the help of Heartland Film, I have seen the impact that movies can have on my community,” fifth-grade teacher at Allisonville Elementary, Emily Hodson said. “I witnessed my students’ desire to take action after bringing The Butterfly Project to our school. They went on to create projects centered on the Holocaust, they participated in random acts of kindness, and most importantly, they expressed the need to be a voice in order to prevent future atrocities. As a school, we have decided to create an art installation with the butterflies, symbolizing HOPE. This is why we are bringing The Butterfly Project back to Allisonville and other schools in the district. Now, as much as ever, art asks us to look at the world and take action.”

Heartland International Film Festival is very pleased to have been a part of making this educational project happen. “Valuable films at our Festival will always be educational and/or entertaining,” said Heartland Film President Craig Prater. “When students are involved, it makes it even better.”

“Joe and I have known Craig Prater for several years and his introduction of our film to the festival and to the local elementary schools is greatly appreciated,” says director/producer Cheryl Rattner Price. “He understands the value of educational films and the importance of student involvement,” continued Price.

The 28th Heartland International Film Festival takes place October 10-20, 2019 and Indy Shorts International Film Fest will be July 25-28, 2019. For more information about upcoming events visit www.heartlandfilm.org.

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