"Boyhood" Deemed a Masterpiece, Honored with Heartland Film's Truly Moving Picture Award

Nonprofit arts organization bestows award to the IFC Films release directed by Richard Linklater.

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"Boyhood" Deemed a Masterpiece, Honored with Heartland Film's Truly Moving Picture Award
Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human experience.

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

Coming off a successful festival run with wins at the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival, IFC Films drama “Boyhood” has been bestowed the Truly Moving Picture Award from nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. The industry award is given to select theatrically-released films for their ability to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form. Submissions are received directly from studios and distributors for consideration.

“A stirring collection of moments that span 12 years of a boy’s life, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is nothing short of a masterpiece,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human spirit. We are proud to honor ‘Boyhood’ with Heartland Film’s Truly Moving Picture Award.”

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's “Boyhood” is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, “Boyhood” charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's “Yellow” to Arcade Fire's “Deep Blue.” “Boyhood” is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. “Boyhood” will be released in theaters July 11, 2014.

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About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland Film Festival showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. Each year, the Heartland Film Festival awards more than $115,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. Heartland Film has awarded more than $2.6 million to support indie filmmakers over the last 23 years. Beyond the Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award, inspires the next generation of filmmakers via the Heartland Film Institute, and exhibits films across Indiana all year long via the Heartland Film Roadshow. To learn more, visit heartlandfilm.org.


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