Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) December 12, 2013
No stranger to Indianapolis and the arts, Stuart Lowry has been named Heartland’s president by the organization’s board of directors. A published children’s book author and actor, Lowry has previously held leadership positions with White River State Park, the City of Indianapolis Parks Department and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
"On behalf of the board of directors, we are grateful for Stuart's significant and timely contribution to the Festival in this transition year,” said Dan Johnson, Heartland’s chairman of the board. “He has a proven himself a true friend to Heartland, its purposes and the future."
Acting as the organization’s chief operating officer since October 2012, Lowry has worked closely with former president and CEO Jeffrey Sparks in preparation for the role. Sparks transitioned to founder and president emeritus in August after 22 years with the organization.
“Heartland is in good hands,” said Sparks. “The 2013 Heartland Film Festival broke many records, and I see its success as a testament to a smooth transition. Stuart has been with Heartland for two Festivals now, and I’m confident in his ability to embody Heartland’s spirit, mission and legacy.”
“Working with Jeff and Dan has been a great experience,” said Lowry. “Coming in as president, I’m fortunate to be working with a spectacular staff and board of directors. For two years now I’ve seen what this team can do, and I can’t stress enough how powerful and exciting Heartland is and will be for years to come.”
Planning has already begun for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 16-25, 2014), with the Call for Entries period beginning in February.
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About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.6 million to support filmmakers during the last 22 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland also shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow. For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.