Heartland Film, Inc. Names New Board Member and Officers

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Eli Lilly and Company’s Michael J. Hulka joins the board of directors

Michael J. Hulka

Michael J. Hulka

The team of officers elected at this month’s board meeting possess invaluable experience and a strategic approach that will benefit the organization through the planning and implementation of its upcoming milestones.

Nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, Inc. has announced the election of Board Member Michael J. Hulka of Eli Lilly and Company along with its new slate of board officers. Elected at this month’s board of directors meeting, the officers are as follows: Gary D. Cohen as chair, Stan Soderstrom as vice chair, Steve Harkness as treasurer and David Wong as secretary.

“As Heartland Film nears its 25th anniversary and prepares for a revitalized festival in October, it is pivotal that its board of directors is led by a strong core,” said Heartland Film Board Chair Gary D. Cohen. “The team of officers elected at this month’s board meeting possess invaluable experience and a strategic approach that will benefit the organization through the planning and implementation of its upcoming milestones. Additionally, we would like to welcome Michael J. Hulka to the board; his background and passion will be great assets to the board of directors team.”

Hulka is general counsel for Lilly Oncology, a division of Eli Lilly and Company that is dedicated to delivering life-changing medicines and support to people living with cancer and those who care for them. Hulka is also responsible for strategy and operations for Lilly Oncology. Before joining Lilly, he practiced law, focusing on commercial litigation and product-liability defense, at law firms in Chicago and Indianapolis. He is a graduate of the Indiana University - Bloomington, Maurer School of Law.

Cohen and the board of directors recently announced changes for the 24th annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 16-25, 2015), which will feature a retooled format and all-new Premiere Pavilion at its AMC Traders Point location. The Heartland Film Festival recently broke its all-time film submissions number, receiving more than 1,700 films from all over the world.

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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 its 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 $118,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. Heartland Film has awarded more than $2.9 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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