INDIANAPOLIS – Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has released its Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films of 2011. Disney’s The Help claims the No. 1 spot, followed by Sarah’s Key and Beginners. Dolphin Tale and The Muppets rounded out the list of top films that inspire, educate and engage audiences of all ages.
“Compiling this list is never an easy task for us because we are honored to have so many incredible Truly Moving Picture Award winners to choose from,” said Tim Irwin, Artistic Director. “It’s always important for us to focus on selecting the films that have artistic integrity and a powerful positive impact on audiences.”
The top Truly Moving Picture Award winner of the year, The Help, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, was one of the year’s surprise box office performers, tearing a streak from August through October. The story, which focused on changing people’s perspectives and attitudes, perfectly matched Heartland’s goal of promoting positive change in people’s lives through the unique power of film.
The film The Way, starring Martin Sheen and co-starring and directed by Emilio Estevez, also made the Top 10 list. The film was featured as the 2011 Heartland Film Festival’s Opening Night Event in Indianapolis, with Sheen and Estevez in attendance.
The Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners of 2011 include:
- The Help – Walt Disney Pictures. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
- Sarah’s Key – The Weinstein Company. In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.
- Beginners – Focus Features. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75.
- Win Win – Fox Searchlight. A disheartened attorney named Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.
- The Way – Producers Distribution Agency. A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago” from France to Spain.
- Warrior – Lionsgate. Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting.
- War Horse – Walt Disney Pictures. Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.
- Buck – IFC. A real-life “horse-whisperer,” Buck Brannaman eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect.
- Dolphin Tale – Warner Bros. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun, because without a tail Winter’s prognosis is dire.
- The Muppets – Walt Disney Pictures. With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
By bestowing the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to honored films, Heartland allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. In turn, Heartland hopes that audiences who have been meaningfully impacted by these films will then recognize and continue to look for the Truly Moving Picture Award seal to use as a guide in selecting films.
To view the complete list of Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award winners, visit www.TrulyMovingPictures.org.
About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a non-profit arts organization, seeks to promote positive change in people’s live 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 $150,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.3 million to support filmmakers during the last 19 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. For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.