Comedian Drew Lynch and Special Band of Robbers Screening with Mark Twain to Headline Summer Rewind


Heartland Film Festival Summer Rewind (June 15-17, 2016) will showcase seven of the most popular films from the 2015 Heartland Film Festival in an abbreviated, three-day mini-festival format, giving moviegoers an opportunity to see an enlightening slate of independent films at The Athenaeum and in the hip cultural district of Fountain Square, and interact with special guests like comedian Drew Lynch as well as Aaron and Adam Nee, the co-writing/co-directing team of brothers behind the dark 2015 Heartland Film Festival comedy “Band of Robbers”.

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival exhibits over 140 films and hosts more than 130 indie filmmakers from all over the world. With an increasingly expansive landscape of media consumption options, film festivals like Heartland aim to create one-of-a-kind viewing experiences for moviegoers, taking elements from engaging films and allowing audiences to interact with them in real time.

“We are thrilled to announce the full screenings lineup and schedule of special events coming to the third annual Summer Rewind mini-festival,” says Heartland Film Interim President Frank Basile. “In our 25th anniversary year, we are excited to take every opportunity possible to create unique viewing experiences for our audiences. We could not be more excited to host Indianapolis-native Drew Lynch for our kick-off fundraising event, along with the legendary author Mark Twain, who will share his thoughts on the Nee Brothers’ ‘Band of Robbers’, a modern day re-imagining of his classic stories.”

Attending Special Guests

  • Drew Lynch, Comedian
  • Aaron Nee, Co-Director/Co-Writer – Band of Robbers
  • Adam Nee, Co-Director/Co-Writer/Actor – Band of Robbers
  • Mark Twain, Celebrated Author

Special Events

Comedian Drew Lynch and Oscar® Shorts Fundraiser
Presented by Eskenazi Health
Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m. – The Athenaeum – Tickets $25

The mini-festival will kick-off on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum with a fundraising event featuring a performance by the comedian Drew Lynch, as well as screenings of Oscar® -winning short films from past Heartland Film Festivals, including the 2016 Academy Award®-winning film “Stutterer. This event is presented by Eskenazi Health, and made possible by The Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Originally from Indianapolis, at the age of 19, Drew Lynch moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming an actor, then an unexpected softball accident just a year into his acting career left him with a severe stutter and crushed his hopes of ever performing again. But his continued drive to become an entertainer forced him in a different direction; he started reflecting through stand-up comedy which landed him the title of first runner-up on Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.” Inspired by comedians Bo Burnham and Louis C.K., Drew Lynch now headlines Comedy Clubs across the country.

“Stutterer” tells the story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face his greatest fear. Not only was the film an Official Selection at the 2015 Heartland Film Festival, but Writer/Director Benjamin Cleary took home Oscar® gold this year for Best Short Film in the Live Action category.

“Band of Robbers” Screening with Special Guests Mark Twain and the Nee Brothers
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. – The Theatre at the Wheeler Arts Community – Tickets $15

On Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Heartland Film will be hosting a special screening of “Band of Robbers” (2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Feature) followed by an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Co-Writer/Co-Director Aaron Nee interview Tom Sawyer (played by Adam Nee, Comedy Central’s “Drunk History”) and the master storyteller Mark Twain at Wheeler Arts Community. As legend would have it, Mark Twain has been rumored to appear to filmmakers adapting his stories and characters; read about Co-Writer/Co-Director/Actor Adam Nee’s experience with the historic writer on the set of “Band of Robbers” in this piece featured on Indiewire. This special event is made possible by The Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

A modern day re-telling of Twain’s iconic books, “Band of Robbers” is a comedic adventure that re-imagines the characters as grown men and small-time crooks. When Huck Finn (Kyle Gallner) is released from prison, he hopes to leave his criminal life behind, but his lifelong friend and corrupt cop, Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee), has other plans. Not ready to give up on his childhood fantasies, Tom forms the Band of Robbers, recruiting their misfit friends Joe Harper (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Ben Rogers (Hannibal Burress) to join them for an elaborate plan to find a fabled treasure. But the plan soon unravels, thrusting the guys on a wild journey with dangerous consequences.  The film also stars Melissa Benoist, Eric Christian Olsen and Stephen Lang.

Full Summer Rewind Lineup

Wednesday, June 15 | The Athenaeum
7 p.m.   Comedian Drew Lynch and Oscar® Shorts Fundraiser

Thursday, June 16 | Heartland Basile Theatre
7 p.m.   “Keep in Touch”*
9 p.m.   “The Judgment”*

Thursday, June 16 | Wheeler Arts Community
7 p.m.   “Frame by Frame”*

Friday, June 17 | Heartland Basile Theatre
7 p.m.   “The Champions”*
9 p.m.   “The Truth About Lies”*

Friday, June 17 | Wheeler Arts Community
7 p.m.   “Band of Robbers” with Special Guests Mark Twain and the Nee Brothers

*All regular screening tickets $6 online or $8 at the box office. Learn more about the films and purchase tickets at

All screenings in the Heartland Basile Theatre are presented by Katrina Basile, Realtor

Screening & Event Venues

  • The Athenaeum
    407 E. Michigan Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Heartland Basile Theatre
    1043 Virginia Avenue, Suite 2 | Indianapolis, IN 46203
    All screenings in the Heartland Basile Theatre presented by Katrina Basile, Realtor
  • The Theatre at the Wheeler Arts Community
    1035 Sanders Street #111 | Indianapolis, IN 46203

The 25th annual Heartland Film Festival will take place Oct. 20-30, 2016 across Indianapolis.


About Eskenazi Health

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