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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest 2014 flick picks

July 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Favorites this year include harrowing drama, amoral comedy, intense historical doc, and much more. Festival begins July 17.
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Author John Green sees earnings boost as movie debut nears

May 31, 2014
Lou Harry
Indianapolis author John Green has sold more than 10.7 million copies of his novel "The Fault in Our Stars," suggesting royalty earnings of more than $6 million, before the movie deal and merchandise sales.
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Senator hopes to revive state incentive for filmmakers

January 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democratic Sen. Lonnie Randolph's bill would provide as much as a 40-percent tax credit on productions. With legislators cool to the idea last year, Randolph and supporters are gearing up for a long fight.
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Movie shot in Indiana headed for theaters

January 7, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana isn't exactly one of Hollywood's top locations for filming, but the state landed an upcoming film despite its lack of filmmaker incentives or exotic scenery.
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New Heartland prez wants to add staff, national sponsors

December 24, 2013
There are big things in the wings for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which this month elevated COO Stuart Lowry from supporting player to headliner. Coming attractions include new sponsor deals, expanded programming and, potentially, a bigger staff.
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LOU'S VIEWS/DINING: Studio Movie Grill makes reel changes to moviegoing experience

October 26, 2013
Lou Harry
Since it’s selling itself as both an entertainment venue and a dining spot, I thought I’d take its lead and combine my A&E and dining columns this week.
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Rupert turns Rod Serling in spooky anthology series

September 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Locally-based Adrenaline Motion Pictures LLC has high hopes for a new TV and Internet series it's producing, called “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares: Seriously Scary Stories.”
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Heartland Film Festival leader Sparks stepping down

September 17, 2013
Lou Harry
Jeffrey L. Sparks, who has led the Heartland Film Festival since he founded the internationally known movie event more than two decades ago, is bowing out of his leadership role, he confirmed Tuesday morning.
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Hoosierwood: Group seeks state tax incentives for filmmakers

September 2, 2013
Associated Press
A lobbying group is hoping it can persuade Indiana lawmakers to approve tax incentives to companies making movies in the state, saying it will create jobs.
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Movie maker endured hardship in quest to capture ancient art of falconry

August 3, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Eddie Brochin is only the second person to ever film the ancient hunting techniques of Mongolia's eagle masters.
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'Turbo' off to slower-than-expected start at box office

July 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based IndyCar Series and open-wheel racing enthusiasts were hoping the movie would create a buzz about the sport, but interest has fallen short of expectations so far.
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Animated film 'Turbo' could give racing a boost

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
A new DreamWorks Animation movie centers on the Indianapolis 500. It's a dream come true for the IndyCar Series, which can't buy a break in halting its slide in public interest.
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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Book version of documentary on Indy radio debutsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
The film and book chronicle the fierce competition among the top Indianapolis radio stations from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Not your average movie book

November 24, 2012
Lou Harry
Lou Harry is on vacation this week. In lieu of his regular column, here’s an excerpt from his new e-book, “The Movie Uncyclopedia: Everything You Think You Know About Movies is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Picks from the Heartland

October 13, 2012
Lou Harry
Strong films at the upcoming Heartland Film Festival include a coming-of-age story and a documentary about dancing trucks. Among my favorites: "Starry, Starry Night."
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Film fest chief zooms in on fundraising

September 14, 2012
Mason King
LQ Heartland Sparks watch videoWhat "Twilight Zone"-ish connection does the founder of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures have to its new HQ? What tearjerking moment did he share with a major donor? How did he calm an infuriated Hollywood director? Jeffrey Sparks is ready for his closeup.
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LOU'S VIEWS: On heroes and villains

July 28, 2012
Lou Harry
Subject of superheroes isn't as playful as it was a short time ago.
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Museum's IMAX hopes alchohol sales will fuel movie attendanceRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Museum has been fine-tuning service in preparation for Batman premier.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest favorites worth the weight

July 14, 2012
Lou Harry
A bodybuilder looking for love, high-wire walkers and super heroines are among my favorites at this year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival, set for July 19-29.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Gregory Hancock's 'Hunchback' is back

July 7, 2012
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
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Cook Group to restore southern Indiana movie theater

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Bloomington-based medical device maker Cook Group announced Tuesday it would restore the 750-seat Tivoli Theatre in downtown Spencer, which was built in 1928 and boarded up in 1999.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indiana critics pick flicks for 2011

December 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Discussions of 'bests' in the arts are silly ... and fun. Here are my picks, and those of the Indiana Film Journalists Associations, for the best films of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: More flick picks from Heartland Film Fest

October 15, 2011
Lou Harry
An intense documentary, a romantic comedy, and even a horror film for your consideration.
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Heartland nearing $12.5 million fundraising goal

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The not-for-profit, whose annual film festival in Indianapolis opens Thursday, has surpassed $10 million and hopes to hit its goal of $12.5 million by the end of next year.
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  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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