As High as the Sky, Featuring All-Female Cast and Key Crew, to Screen at JCC of Indianapolis

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Heartland Film Festival favorite As High as the Sky to screen at JCC of Indianapolis on May 22, 2014, with Director Nikki Braendlin scheduled for a video chat Q-and-A

As High as the Sky, a first-time, independent feature from writer-director Nikki Braendlin, is a beautifully nuanced film that explores the fragile bonds between sisters. Made on a SAG Indie Ultra-Low budget, the film packs an emotional and memorable punch with notable performances by Caroline Fogarty (Big Love and Desperate Housewives) and Bonnie McNeil (Sympathy for Delicious).

Featured at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival (Official Selection, Narrative Feature), As High as the Sky returns to Indianapolis on Thursday, May 22, 2014 as part of the Heartland Roadshow screening series at the JCC of Indianapolis.

  • WHAT: As High as the Sky
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: JCC of Indianapolis, Laikin Auditorium
    6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN
  • WHO: Presented by Heartland Film Festival and JCC of Indianapolis
  • COST: $8 / $5 JCC or Heartland members
    Tickets at the door or online

By seeking to breach the narrow club of five percent female film directors in Hollywood, Braendlin chose a topic she knew well and which would appeal to women. The film centers on Margaret, a woman with OCD who is forced to confront the root of her issues when her estranged sister and niece show up unannounced.

“I wanted to explore probable causes of these behaviors as well as potential ways to heal,” said Braendlin. “I have experienced OCD symptoms and they worsen when I’m working through a particularly difficult time. I was interested in examining the ramifications of someone who has never learned to identify, and thus process, her emotions at all. Additionally, and simultaneously, the film explores the complex and diverse relationships among mothers, daughters and sisters.”

As High as the Sky won top narrative feature awards at: Palm Beach International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Idyllwild CinemaFest, Shining Light Film Festival, as well as being an official selection at Heartland Film Festival, Indy Film Fest and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

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