Film Type
AMC Castleton Square Theater 2
AMC Castleton Square Theater 4
AMC Castleton Square Theater 9
AMC Castleton Square Theater 11
AMC Castleton Square Theater 5
Francis Ford Coppola Pavilion at AMC Castleton
AMC Traders Point Theater 7
AMC Traders Point Theater 10
AMC Traders Point Theater 11
The Toby at Newfields
DeBoest Lecture Hall at Newfields
10:00 AM (94 min)
Documentary Finalist
The untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and creator of musicals including "Little Shop of Horrors," whose unparalleled career and vibrant life were cut short by the AIDS epidemic at only 39 years old.
12:15 PM (103 min)
Radium Girls
Narrative Finalist
Based on true events of the 1920’s, sisters Bessie and Jo paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery unravels and they challenge the corporate cover-up.
2:45 PM (74 min)
Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii
"Proof of Loyalty" tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in WWII. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of US history.
5:15 PM (94 min)
Hiroshima Carp Theater
The day before the final closure of an historic movie theater in Hiroshima, a mysterious man appears. He tells a great tales of Hiroshima Carp the baseball team to help the movie theater survive.
7:30 PM (130 min)
Green Book - Spotlight Screening
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
10:15 AM (83 min)
From Normal to Extraordinary: Ball State's First Century
Ball State’s centennial allows us to pause and proudly recognize 100 years of history in Indiana. From a small, one-building teachers institute, to a major university, the journey serves as a reminder of our legacy of excellence.
12:30 PM (104 min)
Nigerian Prince
Narrative Finalist
After being sent to Nigeria against his will, a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager joins forces with an internet scammer in order to return to the United States.
3:00 PM (92 min)
Phantom Cowboys
From acclaimed director Daniel Patrick Carbone comes a fascinating and poetic longitudinal study of growing up in rural America.
5:30 PM (72 min)
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution
It takes a brazen personality to excel in the competitive sport of professional cooking. A woman can only ascend the ranks if she can take the heat. Meet seven women chefs at the forefront of a "revolution."
7:45 PM (95 min)
Weed the People
“Weed the People” follows families through uncharted waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it?
10:30 AM (94 min)
On Her Shoulders
Documentary Finalist
Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.
1:00 PM (87 min)
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Documentary Finalist
A "Late Night" comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Jello Biafra, and more.
3:15 PM (92 min)
Yasuni Man
A true story about strength, survival and a quest to save home.
5:45 PM (95 min)
Point of No Return
Fueled only by the sun’s rays, two pilots attempt to fly their fragile, experimental airplane around the world to prove the potential of clean energy.
8:15 PM (112 min)
You Can Choose Your Family
A 17-year-old boy blackmails his father after discovering his secret second family.
10:45 AM (86 min)
The Elephant and the Butterfly
Narrative Finalist
Antoine has just returned to his hometown, where he reunites with his former lover and the mother of their little girl, Elsa, whom he has never met. An unexpected turn of events leaves Antoine suddenly alone to take care of Elsa.
1:15 PM (91 min)
Thunder Road
Narrative Finalist
Officer Arnaud raises his daughter as a love letter to his late mom. Winner of the 2018 SXSW Grand Jury Award.
3:30 PM (95 min)
The family-fractured lives of a stubborn auto-mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.
6:00 PM (105 min)
Anthem of a Teenage Prophet
A small-town teen predicts his best friend’s death with startling accuracy and is labelled the “Prophet of Death.” One thing he didn’t see coming? Falling in love—with his dead friend’s girl.
8:30 PM (106 min)
Life with Dog
After losing his wife to a tragedy, Joe Bigler befriends a Dog who helps him grieve and heal, as well as discover the answers to the unsolved mystery surrounding his wife's accident.
11:00 AM (125 min)
A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.
1:30 PM (97 min)
A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families.
1:00 PM (90 min)
A Conversation with Don Hahn
A Conversation with Don Hahn: Filmmaker, author, artist, and Heartland Film’s Pioneering Spirit Award honoree Don Hahn will share insight on his career, the creative process, and how he secretly cloned himself to accomplish so much work over the years. Don Hahn is a writer/producer/director whose credits include the worldwide phenomenon “The Lion King,” and the classic “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
3:00 PM (60 min)
Happy Hour Oct. 20th: Sponsored by Ash & Elm Cider
Join fellow festival goers and filmmakers and enjoy $2 hard cider and pizza sponsored by Ash & Elm Hard Cider!
10:30 AM (82 min)
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation while his friends back home struggle with the effects of gun violence.
12:45 PM (87 min)
Satan & Adam
Documentary Finalist
Shot over 30 years, the film showcases a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music at a time when America finds itself still deeply divided.
3:00 PM (93 min)
The Samuel Project
A teenager makes his grandfather the subject of a school art project and discovers that he was saved as a boy from Nazi capture by a young woman in Germany.
5:30 PM (84 min)
1971. Bulgaria is under the Communist regime. In a time when people are systematically oppressed, a father decides to walk almost 100 kilometers to the nearest town so he can buy a new radio for his rock 'n roll obsessed son.
7:15 PM (95 min)
People's Republic of Desire
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two such online stars who've risen from isolation to fame and fortune in China. The film takes us on a vérité journey through their live streaming showrooms, which have become virtual gathering places for hundreds of millions - from the super rich who lavish performers with digital gifts, to poor migrant workers who worship them.
10:15 AM (89 min)
Burden of Genius
His critics called it murder. Others, the beginning of a revolution.
12:30 PM (85 min)
Narrative Finalist
A young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal a distressing secret to his loved ones.
2:30 PM (73 min)
Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny
The visual guru of Playboy and creator of the iconic Bunny logo, Art Paul revolutionized the world of illustration and magazine design. He was a true innovator and artist of our times.
5:00 PM (95 min)
Finding Hygge
A documentary exploring Denmark's secret to happiness.
8:00 PM (114 min)
Boy Erased
The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
10:00 AM (79 min)
The Rest I Make Up
The visionary Cuban-American dramatist and educator Maria Irene Fornes spent her career constructing astonishing worlds onstage and teaching countless students how to connect with their imaginations. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.
12:15 PM (94 min)
Tre Maison Dasan
Documentary Finalist
A story of boyhood marked by the criminal justice system.
2:45 PM (94 min)
River Runs Red
The son of an African-American judge is killed by police officers on the day he was set to begin law enforcement academy. When the courts clear the officers of wrongdoing, the Judge must decide whether the courts are the only arbiters of justice.
5:15 PM (86 min)
A story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.
7:30 PM (90 min)
Amy & Sophia
Sophia believes fantasies are real...Amy knows nightmares come true.
12:30 PM (101 min)
The Bikes of Wrath
"The Bikes of Wrath" is a story of adventure, human connection, and an in-depth look at inequality and disenfranchisement in today’s America through the lens of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, "The Grapes of Wrath."
3:15 PM (84 min)
On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof walked into a bible study and murdered nine African Americans during their closing prayer. This is the story of the victims and survivors of that night.
5:30 PM (56 min)
Phil's Camino: So Far So Good (TBA 6)
Phil has stage 4 cancer, yet adopts a positive approach to treatment: incorporating exercise by replicating the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in his backyard. Tracking his progress on a map of Spain, he learns what true pilgrimage is.
7:30 PM (85 min)
White Tide: The Legend of Culebra
If you knew where $2 million worth of cocaine was buried, would you dig that s*** up?
12:15 PM (59 min)
Adios Amor-The Search for Maria Moreno
The discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot —Maria Moreno, a migrant mother who led a movement for farm worker rights years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
1:14 PM (56 min)
The Hello Girls: The Story of America's First Female Soldiers
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 American women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. They were intrepid, united in a common cause. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France.
3:00 PM (91 min)
Indy Shorts Winners 2
Heartland expanded with an all-news shorts film festival this past July: Indy Shorts International Film Festival! Highlighted across two programs are all of the 2018 winners.
5:15 PM (82 min)
Indy Shorts Winners 1
Heartland expanded with an all-news shorts film festival this past July: Indy Shorts International Film Festival! Highlighted across two programs are all of the 2018 winners.
7:15 PM (90 min)
Room for Rent
When a broke thirty-two year old ex-lottery winner convinces his parents to rent their spare room to save from downsizing, a creepy stranger with a hidden agenda moves in.
7:00 PM (240 min)
GLOW: Awards Party
GLOW is Heartland's awards party designed to shine the light on the best films of the Heartland Film Festival and our great city of Indianapolis. Following the awards presentation, let's celebrate old school with the band Mixtape, a 90s tribute band. Take a break from your wicked macarena moves and play skeeball or even the classic pac-man games just as you did 20 years ago!