Indy PopCon Expands Film Program with Addition of Heartland Film and The Historic Artcraft Theatre Partnerships


Wide slate of Hollywood and independent films set for June 26-28 at the Indiana Convention Center

Indy PopCon, the second annual convergence between creators and fandom, are pleased to welcome Heartland Film and The Historic Artcraft Theatre as co-presenters this year’s film program. “We thought it would be more than cool to have a movie celebration woven into this year’s Indy PopCon,” explained Shawn Smith, communications coordinator for Indy PopCon “We are very pleased that these two bastions of Indiana cinema have agreed to take part.”

Cutting-edge short films coupled with genre classics from Hollywood will be presented every day of Indy PopCon, which runs June 26-28, 2015. “The Artcraft is about celebrating and encouraging fun film viewing in a classic movie theatre,” says Dave Windisch, director of public relations for The Historic Artcraft Theatre. “We think this is a perfect way to let movie fans know that one of the remaining great movie palaces is alive and well and living just south of Indianapolis.”

Joining the Historic Artcraft Theatre will be the Heartland Film, the nonprofit arts organization best known for presenting the annual Heartland Film Festival. “From sci-fi short films about zombies to Hollywood blockbusters, Heartland Film’s programming has expanded dramatically over the past few years,” said Greg Sorvig, Heartland Film’s director of marketing and public relations. “Indiana’s film scene is all about working together, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with two passionate organizations in Indy PopCon and the Historic Artcraft Theatre.”

“This is a coming together of two pioneers in bringing a Midwest vision to movie going,” shared Bryan Neely, one of the founders of Indy PopCon. “We are just thrilled they agreed to join in the party.”

The Historic Artcraft Theatre/Heartland Film Theatre Showcase is scheduled to include:

  • Akira
  • Alien
  • Better Off Dead
  • Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Blade Runner
  • Gremlins
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Lost Empire
  • Gila
  • The Princess Bride (Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award Winner)
  • Red Dawn
  • The Secret Of Nimh
  • This Island Earth
  • The Toxic Avenger

All Indy PopCon attendees are invited to these complimentary film screenings. Full film lineup and schedule available soon at

About Indy Pop Con
Indy PopCon is a pop culture and comic convention coming to the Indiana Convention Center from June 26 – 28, 2015. The convention celebrated the spirit of the independent artist and creator and looks to serve the Midwest as a pop culture incubator, inviting hundreds of artists to collaborate, network and promote their craft to fans. Celebrity guests, renowned comic artists, and media personality from around the world will be coming to Indianapolis to sign autographs, interact with fans, and take in the city. To learn more. please go to

About the Historic Artcraft Theatre
In the 1920s, crowds gathered at the new Artcraft Theatre in Franklin to take in silent movies, Vaudeville-style shows, and local theater productions. For 75 years the theater was the place to see new release and second-run movies, until mega-plex cinemas pulled movie-goers away from the single screen venue experience. Today, thanks to a vigorous and creative preservation and restoration project spearheaded by Franklin Heritage, Inc. a new generation of entertainment-seekers flocks to the theater to enjoy Hollywood classics, stage and musical performances. Proceeds from the weekend film series support ongoing restoration of the historic movie palace. To learn more, visit

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 is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Heartland Film programming includes the 10-day Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film Roadshow, Heartland Film Institute and the Truly Moving Picture Award.


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