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LOU'S VIEWS: Heartland Film Fest starter set

October 8, 2011
Lou Harry
Having trouble picking from the more than 100 films at this year's event? Try these critic's picks.
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Anderson, Indianapolis firms produce computer-pioneer documentaryRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Heartland Film Festival entry looks at the life of the late Ken Olsen, who founded Massachusetts-based Digital Equipment Corp.
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Miles Design to help market Heartland Film FestivalRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As Heartland’s branding agency, the agency will lead efforts to increase awareness of Heartland events, as well as its overall mission.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Summer movie rewind

August 20, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "The Help," "Crazy Stupid Love," "The Tree of Life" and other summer releases.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Get a jump start on Indy International Film Festival

July 9, 2011
Lou Harry
The festival, which runs July 14-24 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, offers a diverse line-up, from mainstream films to innovative cinema.
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Closed northwest-side theater set to reopen

April 21, 2011
Scott Olson
A Chicago native and independent theater owner plans to reopen the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie complex on April 29, under the new moniker of Movie Buff Theatre.
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Aspiring filmmaker scores hit with jewelry ad

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A TV commercial for jeweler Reis-Nichols has launched filmmakers Sami Mustaklem and Alex Kosene into the advertising business. Their firm, 3rd Strand, has a growing list of clients seeking their unique storytelling approach.
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Auction of superhero memorabilia nets $70,000

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The mementos were owned by Fishers collector Dane Nash, who operated the American Super Heroes Museum downtown.
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Local Superman auction to take flight this month

January 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The collection of superhero memorabilia, once displayed at a downtown Indianapolis museum, is being auctioned to satisfy a court order.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Grown-up movies dominate holiday multiplexes

December 18, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "True Grit," "The Fighter," and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: What to see at this year's Heartland Film Festival

October 9, 2010
Lou Harry
Heartland Freedom
                           WVNot sure how to weed through the 100-plus offerings at this year's Heartland Film Festival? Here are some recommendations from IBJ movie buffs.
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Film Fest leader leaving for documentary gig

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dorothy Henckel, president of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, has accepted a job as director of acquisitions for The Documentary Channel.
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Filmmaker Low planning Indy 500 movie for IMAX 3D

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The award-winning filmmaker behind such giant-screen gems as “The Ultimate Wave” and “Super Speedway” is developing an IMAX 3D movie focused on the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the evolution of motorsports.
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Kokomo firm taps state tax credits to make animated film

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kokomo-based Bach Morris Technologies Corp. will spend $2.4 million to produce “Whoever Heard of a Herd of Fird?” a movie based on company co-founder Othello Bach’s 1984 best-seller “Whoever Heard of a Fird?” A Ball State University commercial spinoff will provide production and design services.
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Film advocate Heartland aims to raise $12.5 million

August 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is well on its way to raising $12.5 million to use for numerous film-related projects, the group announced Monday morning during a press conference featuring director Rob Reiner.
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Ad firm unit studies impact of social media on movie biz

July 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At a time many local advertising agencies are struggling, one firm is growing with an unusual new division aimed at measuring the effects of social media on movies and actors. Bradley and Montgomery late last summer launched Fizziology as a stand-alone enterprise.
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Rob Reiner film to premiere in Indianapolis

June 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Director Rob Reiner will be at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis Aug. 2 for the premiere of his latest film, "Flipped." The big-screen debut will be hosted by locally based Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.
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AMC sells Greenwood theater to Regal Entertainment

May 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
AMC divested the property in order to proceed with its $275 million deal to buy 93 theaters operated by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres.
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Feds: AMC must sell some Indy theaters to make acquisition

May 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Justice Department said AMC Entertainment Group Inc., the second-largest U.S. movie theater owner, must sell some cinemas to proceed with plans to buy most of those operated by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres.
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Kerasotes planning to sell theaters to AMC

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press

Kerasotes, the nation's sixth-largest movie house chain, has four theaters in the Indianapolis area; AMC, the No. 2 player, has two.

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LOU'S VIEWS: A ballet blockbuster tops 2009's list of favorites

December 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Here are the 10 offerings that I most enthusiastically recommended to friends and readers in the past year.
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Northwest-side theater closes after 25 years of operation

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Sandor Development Co. is looking for a new tenant for the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater, after the screens went dark for good in July after a 25-year run at West 86th Street and Michigan Road.
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Indianapolis 500 movie racing toward big screen

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A locally born initiative to make a movie about the first Indianapolis 500 has cleared a major obstacle to getting its project to big screens nationwide by May 2011—in time for the race's centennial.
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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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Feature filmmakers ready for local shootRestricted Content

April 13, 2009

 A feature film—written, produced and financed by a locally based production company—is gearing up to roll cameras at numerous locations downtown.

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