Heartland Film Partners with University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts for “Heartland Day”

INDIANAPOLIS – Heartland Film was invited to the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a “Heartland Day” on Dec. 3 that included partnership meetings, a panel and a screening of the award-winning film “For Sama.”

Heartland Film’s Artistic Director, Greg Sorvig, and Senior Programmer, Julia Ricci led the “Heartland 101” panel for USC students, faculty and alumni, discussing opportunities for students and alumni to get involved in the filmmaking industry and to learn more about the Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival and Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) annual events held in Indianapolis.

“It was a privilege to be invited to partner with the nation’s top film school to provide industry expertise to students and faculty and to present a screening of ‘For Sama,’ this year’s Heartland International Film Festival’s grand prize-winning documentary, as part of USC’s Outside the Box [Office] screening series,” says Sorvig. “Heartland Film and USC have earned reputations for programming and producing world-class filmmaking, and this partnership provided a great opportunity to bring those worlds together through a day of meaningful events.” 

Sandrine Faucher Cassidy, Director of Festivals and Distribution for SCA echoed this sentiment stating, “Indy Shorts and the Heartland International Film Festival are at the top of the regional festivals, offering a unique experience for attending filmmakers and Industry. We are so grateful to Greg Sorvig and Julia Ricci who spent day here at the USC School of Cinematic Arts discussing the importance of the film festival experience as well as offering valuable tips to our students and alumni.”

“For Sama” won two awards at this year’s Heartland International Film Festival held in October, including the 2019 HIFF Grand Prize and the Richard D. Propes Social Impact Documentary Award. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the film’s directors, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

“Heartland Film and USC Cinema share a common passion for bringing exceptional global filmmaking to our communities, and offering a showcase for often marginalized voices,” says Alex Ago, Director of Programming for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. “’For Sama’ is an urgent, devastating film about the bravery and perseverance of the doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers and children of Aleppo, and demonstrates the power of motion pictures to communicate empathy and humanity. Heartland Film and USC chose this film to best exemplify the values and goals of our institutions, as prominent leaders in film appreciation, production and education.”

To learn more about the Heartland International Film Festival (coming to Indianapolis Oct. 8-18, 2020) and the Indy Shorts International Film Festival (coming to Indianapolis July 21-26, 2020), please visit www.heartlandfilm.org.

About Heartland Film, Inc. 

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film presents the annual Heartland International Film Festival, Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival, the Heartland Film Roadshow, and bestows the Truly Moving Picture Award industry honor to major film releases throughout the year. For more information, visit heartlandfilm.org.