President Stuart Lowry has stepped down for personal reasons from the helm of Heartland Film.
In the meantime Frank Basile will step in as interim president of the local film organization. Basile's involvement in the arts in Indianapolis, and his status as a board member and renowned philanthropist, make him a strong choice for the role. Basile has also been the interim CEO and president of the Center for the Performing Arts.
"I am pleased to serve as interim president of Heartland Film as it enters its 25th year and is poised to move to the next level in accomplishing its mission of inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film," said Basile.
Heartland Film Board Chairman Gary D. Cohen said in a press release that: “Stuart played an important and timely role in the evolution of our organization, and helped Heartland Film to secure a sound financial future. His work behind the scenes and in particular his very special presence on stage at our events helped to convey Heartland’s mission to the public and build our brand nationally.
“Heartland Film has never been stronger as an organization, and we are positioning to take a significant step forward in the years to come,” said Cohen. “Our Board is very grateful both to Stuart for his significant contributions to our success, and to Frank for his willingness to lead our efforts at this critical time.”