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Written by Greg Sorvig   
Friday, 11 October 2013 08:40

Heartland Film Festival Opening Night Event on October 17 to feature film talent and real-life inspiration behind Roadside Attractions film at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Vanessa Hudgens to receive the Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award on October 19

(Indianapolis) – The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17-26) kicks off on opening night with the world premiere of “Gimme Shelter.” Centering on homeless, pregnant teenager Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), the film explores her struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets.

Vanessa Hudgens will receive the Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award at the Heartland Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.


Heartland Film Festival presents the world premiere of “Gimme Shelter” (Roadside Attractions) at its Opening Night Event.




  • Vanessa Hudgens, actor
  • Ronald Krauss, director, writer, producer
  • Kathleen DiFiore, inspiration behind the film
  • Joshua Amir, co-producer
  • Rachel M. Amberson, actor
  • Darlisha F. Dozier, actor and inspiration
  • Wanda Santos, actor and inspiration




Thursday, Oct. 17

  • 4 p.m. – First screening of the film with talent Q&A to follow
  • 6:15 p.m. – Red carpet with talent (press call time 5:30 p.m.)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Second screening with talent Q&A and reception to follow




Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Media outlets can reserve a spot on the red carpet by contacting Heartland’s director of marketing & communications, Greg Sorvig, at gsorvig@trulymovingpictures.org.

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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 $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 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 shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow, bringing meaningful films across Indiana. For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.

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