There's just no way for an ordinary human - two legs, one butt, two eyeballs - to see everything that the Heartland Film Fest has to offer, even with a VIP pass and the help of a Stadium Buddy.
So we applaud the folks at Heartland for putting together a summer festival featuring roughly 15 films featured at festivals past, all at two theaters within walking distance, the Heartland Basile Theatre located within Heartland's offices, and a screening room in the nearby Wheeler Arts Community.
OK, those first two paragraphs were self-plagiarized from our Summer Guide, mostly because I wanted to reuse my Stadium Buddy joke. But I revisit it because Heartland has announced the schedule for its summer mini-fest, which is happily chockful of filmmaker appearances.
And speaking of filmmaker appearances, it's great to see that Indy Film Fest successfully raised $8,000 to allow for "more post-film Q & A sessions, more discussions, and more rubbing elbows with the talented artists who entertain and challenge us" at its annual fest, coming up July 17-26.
But back to Heartland. The complete lineup for Summer Rewind, running June 26-28, is here; most films were featured in either the 2012 or 2013 editions of Heartland, and there's a mix of features and shorts.
And take note of the June 26 opening night party, featuring shorts that screened at Heartland before earning an Oscar nomination or win (and remember that Heartland is a short film "qualifying" festival, meaning that if a short wins at Heartland, it gets moved to the front of the line for Oscar contention, more or less skipping the preliminary rounds).