Nashville “Best of the Fest”

November 20 & 21, 2015 – Presented by Duke Energy

Known for showcasing the best in independent, inspiring film from all over the world every October, the Heartland Film Festival—presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film—will offer moviegoers in Nashville, Indiana a chance to experience the festival atmosphere in their own backyard. Darcy Dennett, the director of The Champions, is scheduled to attend “Best of the Fest,” presented by Duke Energy, and will be available to mingle with attendees and provide insight on the filmmaking process.

Live in Indianapolis? Have no fear, Nashville is only a short drive away and perfect for a fun weekend getaway. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather by walking through the picturesque town, catch a film at the Brown County Playhouse, grab a bite to eat at one of the many homey restaurants and don’t forget to try some decadent fudge at any one of the family-owned candy shops!


Purchase Tickets

$6 online / $8 box office


Filmmaker Scheduled to Attend

Film Titles

  • Big Voice (2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Best Premiere Documentary Feature)


  • The Champions (2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature)

  •  Havana Motor Club (2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature)


Full Schedule

Friday, November 20 | 7 p.m. | Big Voice

2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

Big Voice is a musical documentary that chronicles a roller coaster year in the life of high school choir director Jeffe Huls and his most advanced ensemble. Mr. Huls’ passion for the choral arts and music literacy fuels his desire to exceed all standards and expectations. The results are hard won, yet exquisite. Following a series of competitive auditions, Mr. Huls compiles his dream ensemble – the most ideal combination of voices he’s ever had. He soon discovers that these 32 talented teenagers are also the most unwieldy group he has ever taught. Mr. Huls must convince his students to set aside their egos, conflicting styles and teenage angst to achieve the artistry he knows they are capable of. It is as much a story about the struggles of high school life as it is about choir. Big Voice interweaves slices of life, interviews and masterwork performances to engage and entertain.


Saturday, November 21 | 4 p.m. | The Champions

2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs — about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals. This film contains mature themes related to dog fighting.

Director Darcy Dennett scheduled to attend.


Saturday, November 21 | 7 p.m. | Havana Motor Club

2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

Havana Motor Club tells a personal story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution. One racer enlists the help of a Cuban- American patron in Miami to bring in parts for his modern Porsche. His main competitor is a renowned mechanic who uses ingenuity rather than resources to create a racing machine out of his 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

Another racer ponders whether he will participate in the race or sell his motor — one that he recovered on the ocean floor from a ship used to smuggle Cubans off the island — in order to flee Cuba on a raft headed to Florida. Through these racers’ experiences, Havana Motor Club explores how Cuba is changing today, and also what its future holds in light of Obama’s recent move to
normalize relations. This film contains strong language, brief crude content and brief disturbing archive footage.


Screening Venue

  • Brown County Playhouse
    70 South Van Buren Street, Nashville, IN