|Starring||Bradley Whitford, Common, Edie Falco, Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton|
|Genre(s)||Biography, Drama, War|
|Producer(s)||Jennifer Monroe, José Luis Escolar, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Robert Huberman, Scott Holroyd|
|Writer(s)||Annie Mumolo, Pamela Gray, Tim Lovestedt|
Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, the film also stars Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.
“Compelling and inspiring, ‘Megan Leavey’ rises above traditional female military stereotypes for a fitting tribute to the real-life hero and her perilous journey,” said Heartland Film Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “Kate Mara is strong, yet vulnerable as Leavey, and is joined by a fantastic supporting cast, which includes Edie Falco, Common and Bradley Whitford. Heartland Film is proud to honor ‘Megan Leavey’ with the Truly Moving Picture Award.”