Angelo Pizzo's "My All American" Honored with Truly Moving Picture Award from Heartland Film

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Directorial debut from the writer of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy” an inspirational biopic

Truly Moving Picture Award winner "My All American" stars Aaron Eckhart (left) as Coach Darrell Royal and Finn Wittrock as Freddie Steinmark.

Truly Moving Picture Award winner "My All American" stars Aaron Eckhart (left) as Coach Darrell Royal and Finn Wittrock as Freddie Steinmark.

It’s always a joy to have your work recognized for exactly the qualities with which you’ve tried to imbue it, so for Heartland Film to deem ‘My All American’ a Truly Moving Picture Award winner is particularly gratifying.

Angelo Pizzo’s directorial debut and Clarius Entertainment release “My All American” has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. Select theatrically-released titles — entertaining films that do much more than just entertain — are honored with the designation throughout the year. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.

“Freddie Steinmark’s inspiring true story will impact both sports and movie fans alike,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The themes of hope, dedication and the triumph of the human spirit resonated with our jury.”

“It’s always a joy to have your work recognized for exactly the qualities with which you’ve tried to imbue it, so for Heartland Film to deem ‘My All American’ a Truly Moving Picture Award winner is particularly gratifying,” said Director Angelo Pizzo. “I’ve been a huge supporter of the organization for over 20 years and am extremely grateful for this honor.”

What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys' camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face. From the writer of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy”, “My All American” tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.

Truly Moving Picture Award winner “My All American” opens in theaters nationwide Friday, November 13, 2015.

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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 $120,000 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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