The Heartland film festival is almost over. The closing night event, a screening of the autism documentary, The Horse Boy is Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. A Q and A with the director will follow as well as a reception and the announcement of the Audience Choice Award winning films.
Make your number one priority the films that are playing today only, specifically the Indiana Shorts Collection at AMC Castleton Square at 4 p.m. First is The Best Part of My Day (4 stars), an experimental film about love and relationships that manages to engage your emotions with little to no dialogue. Chicken Cowboy (3 stars), is an animated short reminiscent of quirky Cartoon Network classics like Dexter's Laboratory. Free Wall is a Ball State production about a graffiti artist and the harsh circumstances in which he lives. Ragman (4 stars), arguably the best of the collection, is a beautiful tale of a ragman with magical healing powers.
The best short of the entire festival is playing all week. Small Collection (5 stars), Jeremiah Crowell's quiet, kaleidoscopic, devastating look at the end of a marriage, is playing at both AMC Castleton Square and AMC Greenwood Park (Saturday only).
Of course, there are still the great feature films to catch as well. P-Star Rising (5 stars), recently awarded the festival's $25,000 Best Documentary prize, plays at AMC Castleton today and tomorrow and at AMC Greenwood on Friday. Our other top pick, the breathtaking Mongolian adventure, The Eagle Hunter's Son plays at those same locations and times. D-Tour, the documentary about rock drummer Pat Spurgeon's search for a kidney, plays Friday at AMC Castleton.