Heartland Film Staff

Stuart Lowry

Stuart Lowry – President

Stuart was named President of Heartland Film by the organization’s board of directors in late 2013. As Heartland Film’s leader, Stuart brings a creative approach to both budget and staff management, empowering both individuals and teams to excel in their work environments by tapping more deeply into their talents and skill sets. Previously Heartland Film’s COO, Stuart has been with the organization since 2012.

A published children’s book author and actor, Stuart has previously held leadership positions with White River State Park, the City of Indianapolis Parks Department and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Stuart earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College.

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Kristi Barber

Kristi Barber, M.B.A. – Development Director

As a top-performing executive credited with combining fundraising, marketing and business development expertise to deliver substantial growth in highly competitive markets, Kristi leads all areas of planning, fundraising and solicitation of gifts for Heartland Film.

Kristi has previously held leadership positions with Hancock Regional Hospital and Alpha Chi Omega. Active in the community, Kristi has held high-level volunteer positions with the Greenfield Soccer Booster Club, Junior League of Indianapolis and Phi Mu. Before she earned an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University, Barber earned a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

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Adam Howell

Adam Howell – Director of Operations

Adam is responsible for running all the behind-the-scenes operations at the Heartland Film Festival and Heartland Film Roadshow events. This includes planning logistics, event management, technical production, quality control, vendor liaison and more.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from Anderson University. Outside of working with Heartland Film, Adam has worked at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, managed production for three Anderson University chorale tours across the country, and still performs in a vocal group that has performed more than 600 concerts across the country.

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Tim Irwin

Tim Irwin – Artistic Director

Tim is ultimately responsible for deciding which films are programmed, and which are not. Tim’s primary responsibility in this role is to work with teams of interns, volunteer screeners and programmers to thoroughly watch, review and evaluate each and every submission to the Heartland Film Festival, and ultimately choose the best films that align with Heartland’s mission. Tim also oversees the Truly Moving Picture Award program and the films shown at Heartland Film Roadshow screenings and First Fridays.

Tim grew up overseas, and retains a special interest in international affairs (and films!). With a degree in philosophy from Purdue University, Tim enjoys critically analyzing a wide variety of films and other media. He has corporate experience in the business to business copier sales world, and is glad to no longer worry about sales quotas.

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Greg Sorvig

Greg Sorvig – Director of Marketing & PR

Greg is responsible for Heartland Film’s public relations, communications and marketing efforts, acting as Heartland Film’s media liaison with major studios, national and local outlets. Greg oversees the organization’s overall marketing strategy, writing, website, promotion, social media and graphic design.

Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Culture (with Honors) at Indiana University and has previously worked for Fortune 100s, including The Walt Disney Company, and nonprofits. Active in the community, Greg is a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana program and has chaired nonprofit fundraising events for Foundation Fighting Blindness. And just to prove he doesn’t take himself too seriously, Greg has been both a finalist on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a stand-up comedy open mic champion.

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Susan Frenzel

Susan Frenzel – Volunteer Manager

Heartland Film’s point of contact for its passionate core of 1,200+ volunteers, Susan manages volunteer support for year-round programming and events, including the Heartland Film Festival.

Also an active member of the Heartland Film Board of Directors, Susan has been a driving supporter of Heartland Film for years.

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Derek Hulsey

Derek Hulsey – Creative Manager

Derek prepares all visual creative for the organization’s branding, marketing, Web and presentational needs.

Derek received a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Indianapolis. With an affinity for language and letters, Derek is especially skilled in typography and hand-rendered lettering. He is also a musician and songwriter; he plays guitar, mandolin and piano and has an obsession for unusual noise-makers.

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Yarguiry Ferrer

Yarquiry Ferrer – Bookkeeper & Office Coordinator

Yarquiry is responsible for Heartland Film’s bookkeeping, financial reporting and office upkeep. Additionally, Yarquiry is known as the smiling face behind the front desk at Heartland Film’s office in Fountain Square.

Originally from the New York, Yarquiry moved to Indianapolis in 2013. Yarquiry earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Alfred University and, outside of work, is busy starting a local Girl Scout troop.

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Jackie Jones

Jaclyn Jones – Artistic Coordinator

Jackie works with Heartland Film’s artistic director to streamline the Heartland Film Festival submissions process, which includes film research, print traffic, screening committees, filmmaker communication and more. Additionally, Jackie helps manage film programming interns and other programs, including the Truly Moving Picture Award.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Jackie earned her stripes as a two-time film programming intern and a seasonal programming assistant/print traffic coordinator the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Abby Specht

Abby Specht – Executive Assistant

Abby works with Heartland Film’s president and board of directors on special projects throughout the year. Additionally, Abby helps manage First Friday events at Heartland Film’s office in Fountain Square.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Abby paid her dues as a film programming intern and a seasonal marketing assistant for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Biology Sciences from Indiana University.

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